Ozzy Osbourne, 'Diary of a Madman' (1981)
I had a hard time picking between Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman. And for that matter, I could have picked anything with [guitarist] Zakk Wylde, 'cause he's a superstar. The first Ozzy solo record [Blizzard] was great – it was your first taste of [guitarist] Randy Rhoads – but Diary didn't seem as keyboard-influenced. It seemed more heavy to me with "Over the Mountain" starting the record. That song is heavy as fuck. That came out and I was like, "This is cool." And the song "Diary of a Madman" is just so spooky with the intro. It's haunting. And "Believer" – shit, that's a great song.
I got to see Randy live with Ozzy at Randy's last New Year's Eve show in, I think, Long Beach. It was great. I was excited to watch him for the next 20, 30 years, but that didn't happen. Luckily, I pulled the trigger on that gig and I went to it because that's a memory not a lot of people have. The way he played was effortless. Just watching him, he's one of those naturals. He made difficult look easy.