Michael Eavis says Prince pulled out of Glastonbury negotiations due to social media rumours

Rumours suggest US singer could still make an appearance at Worthy Farm bash

Michael Eavis says Prince pulled out of Glastonbury negotiations due to social media rumours

Photo: Richard Johnson/NME

Michael Eavis has said that Prince became "really upset" with Glastonbury organisers over what he describes as "social media rumours".

The US singer was linked to the headline slot on the Saturday of this year's festival which was eventually taken by Metallica. Speaking to Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductionThe Guardian, Eavis confirms that he was in discussions with Prince but that the singer became upset during negotiations as he felt that the festival was using his name to advertise itself.

Speaking about Prince, Eavis said: "We wanted him to play, and it got to the point where his people were talking to us about him doing it, but before he confirmed he got really upset because he thought we had advertised that he was playing. We hadn't, but with social media, rumours get everywhere, and one of those rumours was that Prince was coming. So he didn't want to do it in the end."

Eavis went on to say that online rumours are of no benefit to the festival in terms of ticket sales. "All the social media chit-chat now about who might be playing really doesn't help us. People think we've advertised them early, but there'd be no point to us leaking details because the tickets sell out in an hour in October, before the headline acts are announced. People come for what the event means to them, not the headline acts."

Meanwhile, tabloid reports out today (June 23) suggest that Prince could still make an appearance at Worthy Farm over the weekend. A source told The Sun: "Prince wants to show up somewhere as a surprise. He has spent so much time in the UK lately, he'd love to do an impromptu set." Speaking to NME recently, however, Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis said, categorically, "Prince is not coming".

Glastonbury-bound Prince fans may get to hear one of his songs via an unlikely source – Metallica. The same unnamed source states that the band may make a nod to news reports surrounding their headline set in the same way Jay Z did when he played Oasis' 'Wonderwall' in 2008. "There was the suggestion of them covering Prince, reminiscent of when Jay-Z came on to 'Wonderwall', but it got a firm 'No', mostly from singer James Hetfield," said the source.

A spokesperson for Metallica declined to comment on the tabloid reports.


Read More On This Artist

More News
St Vincent hosts radio show for BBC 6 Music's 'Three Wise Women' Christmas...
The War on Drugs' Adam Granduciel: 'I didn't like the way Mark Kozelek criticised...
Avril Lavigne denies rumours that she's in rehab
Prince shares lyric video for 'ANOTHERLOVE' - watch
Arctic Monkeys share short documentary film to mark end of 'AM' world tour
Wale and A-Trak release new Seinfeld-themed 'Festivus' mixtape
Madonna asks fans not to listen to her leaked album tracks
Bryan Ferry's son Merlin injured in car crash
One Direction sing 'Santa Claus Is Coming To Town' with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots - watch
Footage emerges of a young Björk telling the nativity story - watch
Kanye West impersonator turns 'Yeezus' into a Christmas album - listen
$39 million settlement reached for 2011 Sugarland stage collapse which killed seven
Darkside's Dave Harrington joined by Antlers' frontman for Joni Mitchell cover - listen
Justin Timberlake joined onstage by country singer Garth Brooks - watch
The National make Christmas cameo in 'Bob's Burgers' - watch
Slipknot share video for 'The Devil In I', filmed live at Knotfest
Joey Bada$$ shares new song 'Curry Chicken' – listen
Pusha T says his new album will be 'smacking people left and right' when it is released...
Future Islands' Samuel T Herring reveals he was hurt by reaction to his Letterman performance
Mark Ronson reveals 'Daffodils' collaboration with Tame Impala's Kevin Parker –...
Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters attacks 'institutionalised brutality' of Guantanamo Bay
Tom DeLonge: 'Blink-182 don't have anything to prove'

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM