On Saturday (July 25), Blake Shelton and his superstar girlfriend Gwen Stefani performed an exclusive drive-in concert that was aired in theater across the United States and Canada. The one-night event of course included their duets “Nobody But You” and “Happy Anywhere” but it also included a stunning cover of No Doubt’s “It’s My Life.”
“It’s My Life” is a song originally by new wave band, Talk Talk. The song was written by Mark Hollis and Tim Friese-Greene and was the title track to the band’s second album and first released as a single in January 1984.
In 2003, Stefani’s band No Doubt recorded a cover version of the song which appears on the bands greatest hits album, The Singles 1992-2003.
Before their performance of the feel-good track, the couple talked about the song and how it came about.
“We [No Doubt] always wrote our own songs forever and then we basically did this record called Rock Steady and after that we released that we actually had quite a few singles, like a lot. So, we were like hey let’s do a singles collection, we called it the singles collection,” Stefani explained.
“We know those as greatest hits in country music,” Shelton joked.
“It’s a greatest hits, well I don’t why but that’s what we called it and we were trying to be cool and we are. Basically we just went and said let’s do a new song but notoriously we take a very very long time to write a new song, so we decided to do a cover,” Stefani told Shelton and thousands of drive-in fans.
“It was a really fun process because we sat together and listened to hundreds and hundreds of songs, mostly probably from the ’80s. We basically narrowed it down to two songs, an INXS song and a song by Talk Talk called “‘It’s My Life’ so yeah we ended up going with that one and it’s interesting because that song feels so much like my life, like it’s my life, I feel like I wrote that song and it’s actually one of my favorite songs to play live and I didn’t write it so there’s a lesson in that.”
No Doubt’s version of “It’s My Life” went on to be nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group at the 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards.
The couple recently released their their new duet “Happy Anywhere,” with a music video to accompany it that takes fans inside the home life of Shelton and Stefani, giving them a glimpse at their everyday life. You can see their performance of that song at the drive-in below.
The drive-in concert also featured performances by Trace Adkins and Parmalee and was hosted by Encore Live.