Pat Benatar Has Stopped Performing ‘Hit Me With Your Best Shot’
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Pat Benatar has retired her classic song “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” “in deference to the victims of the families of these mass shootings.”⁠

Benatar hasn’t performed “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” live since May, and she has no plans to do so going forward. In a new interview, she explained, “I tell [fans], if you want to hear the song, go home and listen to it.”⁠

Although the song’s message is one of resilience and strength, Benatar said she had to be alert and mindful of the lyrics. The songs “We Belong,” “Heartbreaker,” and others from her early career will still be performed, according to Benatar.

The singer’s first Top 10 hit, “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. According to the Gun Violence Archive, a non-profit that keeps track of gun violence incidents nationwide, the U.S. is on set to match or surpass its worst year ever for mass shootings in 2022.

Fair point. Should more singers be conscious of their song lyrics?