One of pop’s biggest superstars showed a more punk rock side of himself at a recent concert in Perth, Australia. When legendary singer and piano player Elton John saw a woman being gruffly removed from one of his concerts on December 1, he immediately called out the guards manhandling her.
John is currently on the Australia leg of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road World Tour, which started in September 2018 and is wrapping up his decades-long touring career. In videos from the concert posted on social media, John can be seen shouting at security who start removing a woman who got too close to the stage.
“Hey, you two security guards with the girl, fuck off,” John can be seen shouting in the videos. “Let her get up here immediately… come on you cunts.”
He didn’t stop there. “Morons, both of you, morons,” the Rocket Man continued. “You don’t treat girls like that. Leave her alone, you turds.” Now, that’s a pretty wide swing, calling them both “cunts” and “turds,” but I think we get the message.
According to Today Perth presenter Louise Momber, who was in the crowd, she had never seen the singer so angry.
“He said he can’t stand violence against women and had to say something,” Momber told the Sydney Morning Herald. “He sang the next song and then immediately apologized for his rant — but said it’s something he’s really passionate about.”
A spokeswoman for VenuesWest said that security had approval from John’s security team to remove the woman. “Under the circumstances, the security team acted appropriately and we worked together with Elton’s team to ensure that the event was safe and successful for the artist and the patrons,” she said.
This isn’t the first time Sir Elton has had an outburst during the tour. At the Las Vegas stop, a woman was up on stage with him, and after she touched him, he told her to “fuck off” and walked off.
While fans have been divided on how they feel about the behavior, I think we can all agree that John has earned the right to be a little grumpy after 50 years of providing us with some of the best music ever recorded.