ELTON JOHN: Storms off stage during Vegas show
Elton John once again stormed off the stage, this time because of unruly fans.
During his Million Dollar Piano shows in Las Vegas, Elton typically invites fans in the front row onstage while he performs "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting." But Thursday night, a few members of the audience got a little too close -- and he finally had enough and walked off.
He did return after the stage was cleared and said, "No more coming on stage on 'Saturday Night.' You [screwed] it up!"
In February, during the same song, a fan threw Mardi Gras beads across his piano, striking him in the mouth.
Sir Elton issued a statement explaining why he walked off stage Thursday night in Las Vegas.
He says, "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. 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. 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."
A similar incident happened in February when a fan onstage tossed Mardi Gras beads, which struck Elton in the mouth.
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