Midway through his “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting” performance at a Las Vegas show on Thursday, an obviously enraged Elton John walked off the stage in a huff.
He did, however, come back on the Caesar’s Palace stage but before he got back to enthralling the audience with a rendition of his Lion King classic “The Circle of Life,” he told them, “No more coming on stage during Saturday Night, you f***ed it up.”
Explaining his action in a Saturday tweet, the seventy-year-old living legend wrote that the reason for his abrupt departure in the middle of a performance was a “rude” and “disruptive” fan who had no “care or respect” for the show.
The over-enthusiastic fan had apparently touched the piano keys while the iconic singer was playing, and had the temerity to continue doing so in spite of Mr. John’s protests, “completely disrupting the performance.”
“I bring fans onstage every evening when we play “Saturday Night” in the set, it is always a lovely part of the show where I get to meet them, shake their hands and have them right there with me while I play,” explained John.
“They have always been very courteous to the fact we are in the middle of playing a song live. This guy was rude, disruptive and had no care or respect for our show and so I let him know how I felt, then left the stage until they had removed him,” he added.
A statement from Elton. pic.twitter.com/Cdd7jqjPZt
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) March 3, 2018
Footage from a video that captured the unpleasant moment shows some fans crowding the elderly singer’s piano as he played. One of the fans can be clearly seen reaching over the piano prompting John’s mid-song walk-off, but not before he gave the offending fan a piece of his expletive-filled mind.
Reportedly, the fan in question was shown the venue door before John agreed to return.
In a similar incident last month, John was hit in the face with Mardi Gras beads while he was in the middle of performing the same song, and at the same venue.
The similarity to this week’s incident doesn’t end there; even then, it was one of the first-row audience members invited onstage by the man himself who turned out to be the culprit.
Visibly shaken, the singer was helped by security personnel as he checked his teeth for any serious damage.
On January 24th this year, Elton John announced to the world that he would officially retire from touring but not before his Farewell Yellow Brick Road world tour, which he said will commence in September and would likely last for three years, considering the 300 odd shows he plans to do across the globe.
“It’s the last time that I will be touring because my priorities have changed in my life,” he said.
“I’ve been so incredibly lucky [but] my life has changed, the priorities in my life have changed. My priorities now are my children, my husband and my family.”
John confessed that he had been considering his retirement since 2015 and has had discussions about it with his husband David Furnish as well.
“10 years ago if you said I’m going to stop [touring]…but we had children and that changed our lives,” said the knighted Englishman.
“He’s still going to write music, he’s still going to put out albums, he’s going to be writing some musicals and he’ll still do one-off performances. He should never stop performing, that’s just who he is. It keeps him alive, I think,” said John’s loving husband Furnish.
A Kennedy Center Honoree and winner of a Tony Award for “Aida” as well as five Grammys, an Oscar and a Golden Globe for “The Lion King,” John said that retirement from touring was in no way going to end his creativity, which he pledged would continue till his last breath.
“I will be creative hopefully up until the day I die,” he said, denying suggestions that his retirement decision was the result of health issues he was experiencing.
“I’m in great health,” he assured his fans and well-wishers.
Coming back to this week’s outburst, a fan in the crowd is believed to have said, “During ‘Saturday Night’ they brought a ton of people on stage, and one guy wouldn’t stop touching him. He went off mic and clearly mouthed ‘f**k off’ twice and then pushed his hand. He left, and they cut the song short and ushered everyone off stage and escorted the guy out of the building,” reports Daily Mirror.