“I wore the shit out of this cassette. I remember that cassette so well, and I remember it dying on me and having to buy a new one. Man, I loved this record.
“I knew of Dio with Rainbow – I was always up on my history – but I wasn't into that stuff so much. Of course, I loved what Dio did with Sabbath. Mob Rules and Heaven And Hell were both great records. But when Dio came out with the solo stuff, I was really into it. The guitar playing – it was like, ‘Oh, this guy Vivian Campbell is giving Randy Rhoads a run for his money.’ Now people might disagree with that, but at the time, he was the new shredder, the new badass.
“The record starts out so strong with Stand Up And Shout, and then Holy Diver is an instant classic the first time you hear it – you’re like, ‘Oh, I have a new favorite song.’ There’s no clunkers on it. Rainbow In The Dark and Holy Diver are the two most-overplayed songs on the record, but everything else – Shame On The Night, Straight Through The Heart, Don’t Talk To Strangers – is so solid. Invisible is so fuckin’ heavy. A really perfect album.”