A Tribute to Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo
We Belong celebrates Pat Benatar and her husband/guitar player Neil Giraldo. As a power duo that began in 1979 it's a deserving tribute to a couple that continues to pack venues today. With their breakout hit Heartbreaker Pat and Neil showed the world that females can rock with the best of them. Pat and Neil made musical history by being the first female and guitarist, respectively, to appear on MTV inspiring many young singers and musicians. Now on tour celebrating 35+ years of hit songs Pat and Neil can still rock. We Belong brings you those same hit songs in a uniquely similar package.
A tribute to Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo can only be done right by another couple who have shared the stage for many years. Debbie and Mike Sierras have been married and performing together throughout Southern California for over 25 years making this a fitting tribute. For years they talked about starting a tribute band but hadn't settled on a group. They realized one day after going to a Benatar/Giraldo concert how many similarities they have with the Giraldos and it was decided. We Belong was officially formed in the summer of 2015. Their first year proved to be everything they had hoped for and more. They capped off 2016 by winning the Temecula Valley Music Awards Tribute band category. Earlier in the year they had the honor of sharing the stage with Roger Capps, Pat and Neil's original bassist, for several shows! As quoted by Roger "They have an amazing sound and style! One of the Best Tribs I've heard!!" Roger has since become a full time member of the band making We Belong the only Pat Benatar tribute with an original member. Roger not only toured the world with Pat Benatar he also co-wrote the big hit Hell is for Children with Pat in response to a news article about child abuse. In August of 2016 Debbie and Mike had the great privilege of meeting their mentors, Pat and Neil, when they performed in their home town of Temecula, CA. It was quite an honor as Pat and Neil wished them luck and provided them front row seats to their concert.
We Belong is a genuine reproduction of a live Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo concert and having access to some of the best musicians in Southern California it's top notch entertainment at its best. Pat and Neil are known for their ever changing style in both clothes and music and have continued to evolve throughout the years. From their first hit in 1979 Heartbreaker, through the 80's with Hit Me with Your Shot, and into the 90's playing songs from Pat and Neil's blues album We Belong spans the decades taking their audience on a journey throughout Pat and Neil's entire career. If your'e looking for a true to life tribute to Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo look no further than We Belong. Click here to book them today.
More about Debbie and Mike . . . .
Debbie and Mike played together for the first time in 1989 when Debbie sat in with Mike's band, Final Approach, singing ironically Hit Me with Your Best Shot. They soon decided to start their own band and on New Year's eve 1990 they officially launched their cover band Bottomline with whom they still perform with to this day. They tied the knot on November 7th 1992 and have since raised 3 kids. They learned early on that Debbie had a knack for singing the blues and played nearly half of Pat and Neil's blues Album True Love not knowing it would help set the stage for them to start a tribute to Pat and Neil. They later added All Fired Up and Heartbreaker to Bottomline's repertoire furthering their backlog of Benatar songs which proved helpful in getting We Belong off the ground.
With Bottomline Debbie and Mike have performed throughout San Diego at some of the hottest clubs and casinos such as Harrah's Rincon, Viejas Casino, The Belly Up Tavern, Sea World, Park Place, The Bacchanal, and 100.7 Star Radio to name a few. For years they were booked solid in the club rotation between Carlsbad, Escondido, and Poway playing 2 and 3 nights a week cementing their on stage relationship.
In April of 2015 Mike surprised Debbie with tickets to see Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo on her birthday and after watching the show the idea came to them to start a tribute to Pat and Neil. "It was like looking in a mirror" they said as they watched Pat and Neil banter back and forth on stage and the "love looks" between the two were so familiar. Two month later with the help of their local musician friends We Belong was born and the rest as they say is history.
We Belong made a grand entrance opening their first show to an enthusiastic crowd at The Marquee 15 club in Corona and has since performed numerous city Summer Concerts and clubs. Some band members have since moved on but Debbie and Mike continue to bring in top level musicians to back them as they look forward to the new year.