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Girls of a certain age still remember when Pat Benatar’s Get Nervous made the rock star queen of the playground scene. Brimming with pre-grrrl angst, chart-toppers “Hell Is for Children” and “Heartbreaker” weren’t just songs on the radio and images on MTV; they were the soundtrack for real change—from little-girl pigtails to a teased-out-and-sprayed look just as hardened as any extra on the set of The Legend of Billie Jean. The cheese factor that made videos for songs such as “Love Is a Battlefield” and “Shadows of the Night” (the best one, in which Pat and her band played World War II heroes) definitions of ’80s kitsch was the very power that launched Benatar as the epitome of the tough-girl persona. (Well, that plus all those sad stories circulating around about how every song in her repertoire dealt somehow with the subject of child abuse, a publicity ploy we can now recognize as the same kind of marketing that pits Britney fans against Christina fans on Internet message boards.) Of course, since Benatar’s life was splayed out in an episode of VH1’s Behind the Music, we know how un-glam her real story is. In reality, she is a classically trained singer who worked hard for her fame and who is happily married to songwriting collaborator Neil Giraldo—not nearly as rock ‘n’ roll a lifestyle as, say, the Go-Gos. Still, it takes quite a lot of guts to survive all that hairspray and still come out with a few No. 1 records. Benatar hits it with her best shot with Regency, Josh Dodes Band, Bree Sharp, and Sister Hazel at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, June 8, on the Celebrate Fairfax! Michelob Light Main Stage at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. $10. (703) 324-3247. (Tina Plottel)