How Pat Benatar's Rock 'N' Roll Love Story Began (VIDEO)

11/30/2013 07:03 am ET
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For more than three decades, Grammy winner Pat Benatar has been rocking alongside her husband and music partner, Neil Giraldo. While on the road recently, Benatar and Giraldo invited "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" cameras inside their tour bus -- a "home away from home" -- to talk about the day they met.

"It was in New York City, it was the month of May 1979, and I got a call that said there's this artist, this person who just got signed and wanted to look for a partner to put a band together," Giraldo says. "So they sent me down."

"He was so crazy, he didn't even bring a guitar," Benatar says. "So he just asks one of the other guys that were auditioning for the one of the other parts if he could just use their axe."

Not expecting much from this first impression, Benatar says her back was turned from Giraldo. "I turned around and I saw him and I was like, 'Are you nuts?' -- I don't care if he can play, he's in the band!" Benatar says.

"But of course, he played amazing and it was exactly what I was looking for, so it was perfect right from the first moment," she says.

It took less than a year for Benatar and Giraldo to release their first major hit, "Heartbreaker." Today, they've been married for 31 years and have two daughters, Haley, 28 and Hana, 19.

"Oprah: Where Are They Now?" airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on OWN.

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