Elton John Explains Why He Stormed Off Stage Last Week

Elton John says a "rude" fan led him to cutting short a recent Vegas performance of his classic song "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" and storming offstage. 

Other than being one of his biggest hits, the song is a staple of John's live show because he invites a few dozen audience members on stage to dance during the tune. 

But during Sir Elton's recent run of shows in Las Vegas there have been two incidents where moronic fans have interfered with the performance.

“Thursday night in Las Vegas a fan put his hands on the piano keys while I was playing and continued to do so even after I asked him to stop,” John said in a statement via Billboard

The singer can be seen on video yelling at the oblivious fan to "f--k off," but the guy didn't take the hint.

“He then proceeded to reach over the piano and try to take pictures, 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."

John said this particular fan ruined the spot for all of his shows in the future. 

"They have always been very courteous to the fact we are in the middle of playing a song live," John continued in the statement. "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."

The band continued playing after John left the stage and as the fans were ushered back to their seats.

John resumed his set after cursing out the fan once more in front of the entire audience.

Earlier in February, a fan threw Mardi Gras beads at John and hit him in the face during the same song. John briefly stopped playing to make sure he wasn't bleeding and that his teeth were in tact, he then resumed singing. 

So one can understand why the singer might have been a little sensitive Thursday.

John is set to return to Vegas for the next part of his residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace April 28 to May 17. 

Following the Vegas residency, John will commence his 300-show Farewell, Yellow Brick Road World Tour

"I thought the time was right to say hello to all my fans around the road, and then goodbye," John said of the farewell tour. 

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