April 10, 2008 / 9:07 AM / 11 years ago

Prince a late addition to California festival

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Prince will make what is believed to be his first U.S. festival appearance ever at the Coachella festival in southern California later this month.

He will headline the Saturday (April 26) lineup, organizers confirmed said Wednesday, joining previously announced headliners Jack Johnson (April 25) and Roger Waters (April 27).

The addition is reminiscent of 2006, when Madonna joined the Coachella bill just a few weeks before the show. But she performed just five songs in the dance tent, whereas Prince will play a full show on the main stage.

Other Coachella acts include Kraftwerk, Portishead, the Verve, Aphex Twin, My Morning Jacket, Spiritualized, the Breeders and Serj Tankian.

Prince has just one other date on his upcoming schedule: a June 16 show at Dublin’s Croke Park.

According to gossip columnist Perez Hilton (www.perezhilton.com), Prince was paid almost $4 million for the appearance. The report could not immediately be confirmed, but the figure comes close to the $5 million that British rocker Morrissey said two years ago his former band the Smiths turned down to reunite at Coachella.

Reuters/Billboard

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