“Diary Of A Madman is a great record, but this came first. As for what Randy Rhoads means to me, hey, I named my kid Rhoads, so that tells you a lot about me – and that I have a cool wife. [Laughs]
“I remember when Randy died. My grandmother was staying with me because my mom was in Hawaii. I wasn’t part of this conversation, but my mom asked how I was doing, and my grandmother said, ‘Well, one of his rock stars died today.’ And my mother said, ‘Oh, no, that’s terrible. I hope it wasn’t anybody in Ozzy.’ She knew that Ozzy was the big one. He still is.
"I play those records all the time. I play them for my son, and he can pick out Ozzy with Randy Rhoads, Ozzy with Jake E. Lee, Ozzy with Zakk Wylde. He can even tell Ozzy with Sabbath.
“This is a perfect record. Mr. Crowley is scary – it has a little bit of that ‘Should I be listening to this?’ vibe to it. There was a forbidden element to it, like what you had with Zeppelin. You wondered, ‘Are these guys doing bad things? Are they talking to Satan?’ [Laughs] And Dee is great – I love those moments as a kid when you have your mind opened up to new things. Yeah, that song wasn’t fast and it wasn’t metal, but it was beautiful. It was actually musical. The same can be said about Goodbye To Romance. As a kid, you might be like, ‘Man, why are they going so slow?’ But later on you appreciate it.”