Pat Benatar Won’t Perform ‘Hit Me With Your Best Shot’ to Protest Gun Violence

Spectators who catch Pat Benatar touring this summer may be surprised to find that one of the singer’s favorite songs is missing from her set list.

Benatar, four-time Grammy Award winner. reports USA Today she will no longer perform her 1980 hit.”Hit me with all your mightin protest against gun violence.

“Sorry, out of respect for the families of the victims of these mass shootings, I don’t sing,” she told the publication in an interview published on Friday.

“[The title] it’s ironic, but you have to draw the line,” she continued. “I can’t say those words out loud with a smile on my face, I just can’t.”

“Hit Me With Your Best Shot” from the 1980 album.Crimes of passion” became Benatar’s first single to reach the top ten. The song, written by Eddie Schwartz, features the refrain: “Why don’t you hit me with your best shot, hit me with your best shot, shoot me!”

The track became a staple in karaoke bars and was memorably performed Catherine Zeta-Jones in the film musical “Rock of Ages”. Kelly Clarkson also covered the song during her 2012 Stronger Tour.

On Friday, Benatar admitted that fans are having a “heart attack” over her decision to exclude the song from her recent concerts. She hopes they console themselves by hearing other big hits from her catalogue, such as 1979’s “Heartbreaker” and 1983’s “Love Is a Battlefield”, or staying at home altogether.

“[The title] it’s ironic, but you have to draw the line,” Pat Benatar said of Hit Me With Your Best Shot.

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“I tell them if you want to hear a song, go home and listen to it,” she said. “I’m not going to go on stage and soapbox – I’m going to my legislators – but this is my small contribution to the protests. I’m not going to sing it. Hard.”

As of Friday, there were 357 mass shootings in the United States this year. at the Gun Violence Archive. Last month the President Joe Biden signed a bipartisan gun safety bill that includes expanded background checks for those under 21 and additional mental health funds.

However, Biden and other Democrats conceded that the legislation fell far short of the reforms that supporters had hoped for, such as a ban on assault weapons.

In the other place in her USA Today chatBenatar said the Supreme Court’s June decision that canceled Rowe vs. Wade and repealed the federal right to abortion, she also thought when she planned her tour.

Although her songinvinciblewas released in 1985, she believes its message of empowerment will continue to resonate with contemporary audiences given the current political climate.

“Like all of us, I worry about basic autonomy rights,” Benatar said. It’s a slippery slope. For me, this is not an abortion. I’m concerned that people don’t pay attention to what it really means.”