Rick Springfield + Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo

Dates are emerging for a co-headline tour featuring Rick Springfield along with husband and wife rockers Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo. With more gigs to lock down, the first confirmed stop is June 29 in Raleigh, N.C.

Springfield goes way back with Giraldo. The guitarist/producer is featured on Springfield’s 1981 hit “Jessie’s Girl.”

“Actually, I did all the guitars on ‘Jessie’s Girl’” and the bass, too,” Girlado told Guitar World in an interview last year. “[Producer] Keith Olsen was working with Rick at the time and he wanted me to co-produce and arrange the record with him. Rick had a demo for ‘Jessie’s Girl,’ and it was a very good demo, but he had some strange kind of instrumental bridge that was awkward to the song.

“So I said, ‘When we get to that section, why don’t we just give it 16 measures and I’ll put a solo in?’ We actually cut the drums and rhythm guitars first, and then I put on the bass and the lead guitar. Then Rick sang it, and that was it. And it’s the only Number One record I’ve ever had!”

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Harrah's Chester, Chester, Pa.

Before the co-bill tour begins Benatar and Giraldo join Cher on the road for a string of dates in the U.S. and Canada March 22-April 12.

Springfield is staying busy this spring with his “Stripped Down” solo shows featuring storytelling, a Q&A, and of course, some tunes too. He’s also doing book signings in May for his new novel “Magnificent Vibration,” due out May 6.

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McPhillips Street Station Casino, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Springfield’s agency, United Talent Agency, confirmed the following co-headline dates with Pollstar:

June 29 – Raleigh, N.C., Red Hat Amphitheatre      
July 5 – Atlantic City, N.J., Ovation Hall     
July 6 – Canandaigua, N.Y., Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands PAC (CMAC)     
July 8 – Cincinnati, Ohio, PNC Pavilion At Riverbend       
July 16 – Kansas City, Mo., Starlight Theatre
July 17 – Mulvane, Kan., Kansas Star Arena    
July 25 – Saratoga, Calif., The Mountain Winery     

More dates are yet to be announced.

For more information visit RickSpringfield.com and BenatarGiraldo.com.