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Q: Did you catch Miley Cyrus’ act during the VMAs? I wonder if Robin Thicke’s image could have been enhanced by him backing away from Miley when she acted inappropriately.
A: I never watch those things.
Q: Have you been to Little Rock to see your sax, which is in President Clinton’s library?
A: No. They asked me for it about a year ago.
Q: Do you always stake out the horn section of the stage so nobody knocks over your instruments?
A: Only when I set up my horns. I don’t like people around them. The guys who are setting up equipment and wires are not cognizant of what they’re doing. I try to kind of wait until they’re done. They can knock them over, and if they knock them over, it’s just really difficult to get things fixed. I generally, ask “Are you guys done in this area? Can I have it?” And once I have it, I ask them not to go back in that area. You are picking up on my persnickety stuff. [Laughs. He later told me he thought this next question was prompted by something he did. No. It was inspired by Prince’s behavior.]
Q: Should the personality quirks of genius musicians be tolerated on the same level as those of scientific savants?
A: Personality quirks are personality quirks. People need to check themselves so their quirks aren’t on a consistent, rude basis and obnoxious. Creative minds can be a little disjointed sometimes. There some allowances that you give creative people, but they should never be borderline rude or obnoxious.
Q: By whom are you star struck?
A: Umm. Interesting question. He died a few weeks ago.
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