There's nothing quite like being told you have six months to live to light one hell of a fire under your ass to get things done, right? Well that's exactly what happened to Overkill frontman Bobby Blitz at a hospital in Germany while the group was writing their new record White Devil Armory (out now), according to an interview with the man himself in Rocksverige. Yeah, we put "happened" in quotes because it's not exactly what was going on, but Blitz certainly thought that was the case. What a miscommunication!
"I cancelled a show in Hamburg and ended up in the hospital with borderline pneumonia and all this shit. I remember sitting in the German hospital, trying to recover from this and this guy came in and told me I had six months! I sat up all night and remember going through my computer, 'Who do I owe money to?, Who owes me?' My wife was on vacation and I didn't wanna ruin her vacation with it, but it was a fucking awful 12 hours. I wasn't really expecting that and I never expected it to come as news to me in broken English. In any case, the next day the woman who was in charge came in and said “What are you talking about? No, you have to change your habits or in 6 months you´ll be in another hospital again” and I was like 'Fuck!' and I had already scratched down 'Another day to die.' (laughs) So I suppose I got my wish. (laughs) But what are you gonna do? Right at that moment I stopped smoking tobacco. Actually that night, I didn't care. I went out on the balcony and I was smoking and wondered if there was a liquor store so I could get a few beers up here too."
I'd say Blitz came out of the situation pretty alright, considering he's alive and got a pretty kickass song out of it! Plus, it'll be a fun story to tell at parties… unless he's like, mentally scarred over the whole thing. In which case maybe not.