Celebrities Prince Couldn’t Stand

The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne saw the funny side of being rejected by Prince. He told City Pages that the band’s encounter with the prickly Purple One went down at the 2006 Brit Awards. 

Prince was scheduled to perform a set of four songs, reuniting with former The Revolution bandmates Wendy and Lisa, and Purple Rain singer — and former fiancée — Sheila E. Wayne Coyne and the band were, as he put it to City Pages, “hanging around” when Prince and his two security guards arrived and went to his dressing room. Coyne said the band worked up the courage to give Prince’s bodyguard a stack of CDs to pass on to him, adding, “We were so thrilled at the possibility of him hearing our music.” 

Unfortunately, Prince was less enthusiastic. A short time later, the bodyguard tracked the band down and handed back the CDs, saying, “Prince doesn’t want these.” Luckily, Coyne said he and his bandmates found it “hilarious.” Relating the same story to the Independent, he said, “We loved him so much for being too cool for us.”

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