If you had six months to live, what would you do with that time? That’s a predicament Overkill’s Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth found himself in that inspired “Another Day to Die” on the band’s White Devil Armory. In an interview with RockSverige, Ellsworth recalls that he was in Hambyrg, Germany when he wound up in the hospital with borderline pneumonia. That’s when a doctor told him he had six months.
“I sat up all night. I remember going through my computer wondering, ‘Who do I owe money to? Who owes me?’ It was a fucking awful 12 hours. I wasn’t expecting that – and I never expected it to come as news to me in broken English. Next day the woman in charge says, ‘No, you have to change your habits or in six months or you’ll be in another hospital.'”
In that 12 hours, however, he’d already written “Another Day to Die,” so at least he was able to turn his temporary shock into a song. Metal Hammer notes that Blitz has had some health issues, including cancer of the nose in 1998 and a stroke that he suffered onstage in 1992. He tells RockSverige that for a 55 year-old, he feels “bulletproof” and has been doing a lot of hiking.