5 things you need to know about maverick violinist Nigel Kennedy
A hatred for mobile phone zombies, wanting to marry Judge Judy, and accidentally injuring late music star Prince. Here are five things we learnt about maverick violinist Nigel Kennedy in a wide-ranging interview.
1. He only uses his computer to read about his beloved Aston Villa
Nigel has never been shy about his support for the Birmingham-based club and frequently wears the club's shirt on stage. He told the Press Association the only time he uses his 12-year old computer is to check up on the Championship side.
"I can get on to the Villa website with that through BBC news which I don't really look at - I just go to the football, get on to Aston Villa then get on to official website and then read that and it's all lies and then I turn it off.
"Computers are a horrible waste of time, man. I've seen how sick it makes people and I prefer to get sick by doing a party than two hours on a computer. I've seen what my wife looks like after two hours on the computer and it's kind of how I look after 12 hours of partying. I know which one I'm going to opt for."
2. He thinks Judge Judy would make a good president
"I would prefer to watch Judge Judy all day than do two hours of computer. And you can watch Judge Judy all day, I've tried it.
"Getting back from tour if I am completely zapped through all the channels sometimes the Judge is on three channels at the same time. She's all over the motherf*****, man.
"I'd say that she should be the president of the United States. I'd marry her if she was 20 years younger and I could be Muslim. A beautiful Muslim Jewish alliance."
3. Nigel once accidentally trod on Prince's toe
The maverick violinist was once at a party with both Prince and Miles Davis waiting for the pair to perform together. He claims he accidentally stood on the Purple Rain singer's toe before telling him "excuse me, your highness". Prince was then promptly taken away by his security guards and Davis had to perform solo, Nigel said.
4. A hatred for people who stare at their phones
"There's two things I f****** hate man - mobile phone zombies who are stamping down the street looking at that and sometimes I f****** even collide with them on purpose because you're surrounded by real human beings or you're doing some nerding. Which f****** choice have you got? Boom."
5. Nigel does not listen to music when walking or jogging
The other thing Nigel hates? "These cats with headphones. I've really not got a lot of time for them because there's people and stuff to look at on the street.
"I'm biased, I've got music in my life all the time, right? And so I like to hear that flock of parrots on Hampstead Heath making their strange noises or like I'm always with my dogs so I've got to be listening for other dog fights so my dog don't get involved in (them). I like to have my ears open - traffic as well, it's quite a good idea, not walking under cars.
"I mean you're talking to some monkey who is stuck in a room practising his violin too much, I think. I just like getting out."