In recent years, whenever Glastonbury festival announcements have been looming, Prince is a name that is often mooted in the press as a potential headliner.
Based on recent comments from the Purple Rain singer, however, it would seem that he has never been offered a slot at the festival. Nor, by the sounds of things, would he want one.
According to Gigwise.com, his highness of haze had the following to say when questioned about his oft rumoured appearances by the Guardian newspaper: "They use my name to sell the festival... It's illegal. I've never spoken to anyone about doing that concert, ever."
Prince's sole festival appearance in the UK will be at this year's Hop Farm in Kent, where he will headline the Sunday night. Other acts scheduled across that weekend include The Eagles, Bryan Ferry, Iggy and the Stooges and Morrissey. Glastonbury, meanwhile, begins today and will feature headlining performances from Coldplay, U2 and Beyonce across the weekend. The Hop Farm appearance marks the first time that Prince has played in the UK since 2007. It is also his first ever UK festival appearance.
Prince's allegations regarding the rights to the use of his name and music are notorious. Earlier this year, the singer expressed displeasure to George Lopez at other artists were allowed to cover his music:
"My problem is when the industry covers the music... There's this thing called compulsory licensing law that allows artists through the record companies to take your music at will without your permission. And that doesn't exist in any other art form, be it books, movies - There's only one version of 'Law & Order.' There's several versions of 'Kiss' and 'Purple Rain."
The outspoken musician also claimed the death of the internet for music distribution in a recent interview with the Daily Mirror newspaper: "The Internet's completely over... I don't see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won't pay me an advance for it, and then they get angry when they can't get it."