> Overkill’s Bobby Blitz: Adaptation + Reinvention Fuels Longevity; Singer Talks ‘The Grinding Wheel’ [Interview]
> By Full Metal Jackie February 13, 2017 10:26 AM
Overkill‘s Bobby Blitz was the latest guest on Full Metal Jackie’s weekend radio program discussing the thrasher’s new album, ‘The Grinding Wheel.’ The record is the 18th from the New Jersey icons and the frontman spoke about keeping their sound fresh with different dynamics, their work ethic, longevity, their punk influences and more. Check out the chat below.
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>> Bobby, another band called Overkill was part of the Los Angeles punk scene at the same time that your band was beginning on the East Coast. How aware were you of them and the L.A. punk scene in general?
>> Well of course we were aware of it. They released I think simultaneous or very close to our first release and I think there was confusion from both camps, people either the metalheads or the people in that L.A. punk scene. I actually remember the record and own it, it’s called The Triumph of the Will which came out in 1985 when our Feel the Fire [album] came out. We weren’t that close to the L.A. punk scene.
>> But I can tell you, we were very close to the New York punk scene. When I went to Manhattan college in the Bronx, I was a one train, subway ride away from getting down to The Village. Being able to walk on the hallowed ground of CBGBs, Great Gildersleeves, The Mud Club even existed at that point. Max’s of Kansas City. That is where a lot of our energetic inspiration came from. There were iconic bands from that era and area that existed whether it be The Ramones or I remember seeing Blondie on the street. Iggy Pop was living in New York. The Dead Boys came in from Cleveland and set up house in New York and I was also a big [New York] Dolls and Heartbreakers fan. So I think punk for sure influences this band, but I think it was more East Coast punk.
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> Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth
Ellsworth live at Jalometalli in Finland, August 2008
> Birth name Robert Ellsworth
> Also known as Blitz
> Born May 5, 1959 (age 57)
> Origin New Jersey, U.S.
> Genres Thrash metal, speed metal, groove metal, heavy metal
> Occupation(s) Musician
> Instruments Vocals, bass guitar
> Years active 1980–present
> Associated acts Overkill, The Cursed
Robert Ellsworth (born May 5, 1959), best known as Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth, is the lead vocalist of New Jersey thrash metal band Overkill. He has been the lead vocalist of Overkill since its inception in 1980, and he and bassist D.D. Verni are the only constant members. Although a bassist, he focuses on vocals in the band.
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I believe that Bobby is a member of the Class of 1983.
McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]
Ellsworth, Robert ‘Blitz’ [MC1983]
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