30 April ~ There was a time when a televised Aston Villa game would invariably involve an appearance from one of their best-known supporters, violinist Nigel Kennedy who was marketed as "the bad boy of classical music". Nigel's faux-blokey mannerisms have been off our screens for a while as he's been living in Poland. But he'll back at the end of May with a musical score to accompany a screening of the 1973 World Cup qualifier between England and his current home. Nigel may well pop up before the big day to declare that it's going to be "proper mental". In the meantime, his people are making quite a big claim on his behalf: "Kennedy, whose live sessions on the electric violin have the intensity of guitar hero Jimi Hendrix performances, is the music world's biggest football fan. He said: 'Musicians are musicians, but football takes place in front of tens of thousands of people.'" That's so true.
Taken from this week's WSC Weekly Howl