Gene Simmons performs 1982 penned song “It’s My Life” for first time live
KISS co-founder, bassist and singer Gene Simmons recently released a huge box set titled The Vault that covers 50 years of music that he has written. During the last year, Simmons has also formed his own solo band called the Gene Simmons Band that plays shows throughout the world.
Addressing an audience at the Lynn Auditorium in Lynn, Massachusetts on February 16, 2018 while playing with his Gene Simmons Band, the bassist advised (as transcribed by Sleaze Roxx): “This is also another song that’s on there that I wrote fro Wendy O. Williams — I produced. In 1983, I produced an album for Wendy O. Williams. She was in a group called The Plasmatics and she opened for KISS and she came up barely with anything on. “Here’s my song.” “OK.” And this young man, not only does he have pubic hair on his chin but he correctly guessed. We are going to give you something that we’ve never played live before and you’re welcome to join in and especially this chick with the blond hair and the KISS hat on. I see you there with your sister. How do you like me now? It’s called ‘It’s My Life’ and it goes like this…”
Wikipedia states the following about Wendy O. Williams‘ debut solo album which includes the song “It’s My Life”:
“WOW is the debut solo studio album by American singer Wendy O. Williams, released in 1984 by Passport Records. It is her first album appearance, to be credited to her after the success with The Plasmatics, which had gone on a hiatus during that time. After the release of the album, Coup d’État (1982) with The Plasmatics, the band opened for KISS on tour. By the end of the tour, The Plasmatics‘ recording contract with Capitol Records wasn’t renewed and Gene Simmons approached Williams and Rod Swenson about producing an album. As to avoid legal issues with Capitol, they decided not to use The Plasmatics‘ name on the record in any way. Simmons also felt it would give more freedom to add additional musicians to the album. WOW is a hard rock album influenced by heavy metal, which marked a musical departure from Williams‘ previous material with The Plasmatics. Williams was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for the album in 1985.
Band members from The Plasmatics appear on the album namely, Wes Beech and T.C. Tolliver on rhythm and lead guitar, and drums respectively. Simmons plays bass under the pseudonym-stage name of Reginald Van Helsing. Michael Ray was hired as lead guitarist for the album. Simmons also pulled in the guest-appearance talents of Ace Frehley on “Bump and Grind”, Vinnie Vincent on “Ain’t None Of Your Business”, Paul Stanley on “Ready to Rock”, and Eric Carr on “Legends Never Die”.
“It’s My Life” was released as the lead single from the album. It later appeared on the soundtrack to the film Reform School Girls (1986), in which Williams starred. KISS later released their version of the song, as well as “Thief in the Night”.”
Gene Simmons Band performing “It’s My Life” live for first time in Lynn, Massachusetts, USA on February 16, 2018:
Awesome Gene song from 1982, performed for the first time ever!!
Gene Simmons Band performing “She’s My European” live in Lynn, Massachusetts, USA on February 16, 2018:
Gene Simmons Band with Extreme‘s Gary Cherone performing “Strutter” live in Lynn, Massachusetts, USA on February 16, 2018:
Wendy O. Williams‘ “It’s My Life” video:
Wendy from Plasmatics. Great song with help from the guy’s n Kiss