“Well, Holy Diver is one of the best f*cking albums of all time… When I listen to records, I don’t just listen to the vocals, I don’t just listen to the drums, I listen to it as a whole.
“An album like that, that’s kind of the perfect record. [Drummer] Vinny Appice‘s playing on that f*cking album is insane,” he added. “As a drummer, I listen to that record and it’s, like, I don’t know if it’s composition or if that sh*t was just coming off the top of his head.
“But as a drummer, that album is incredibly inspiring and influential. The simplicity of something like that – that’s one of the things I’ve always loved about Dio‘s music: it’s not overly complicated or orchestrated, it’s a sum of a few very simple parts. And it’s powerful, and I f*cking grew up with that sh*t.
“I remember being 13 or 14 years old and seeing ‘Stand Up and Shout’ live on Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert on Friday night. It makes you want to become a musician; you see something like that and it’s so moving and inspiring that you’re, like, ‘Oh my god, That’s what I wanna do for the rest of my life!’ It did that to me.”