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Elton John has never been an artist to hold back, whether it’s with his costume choices, musical performances, or opinions. The 72-year-old singer is currently on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road World Tour and is going out with a bang, playing sold-out shows, delighting fans, and screaming at security when he deems it necessary. We’d say the bitch is back, but Elton John never left.

John was performing the second of his three shows in Perth, Australia on Saturday night when he spotted two male security guards removing a female member of his audience from Perth’s HBF Park. John stopped the show and proceeded to unleash a profanity-laced rant directed at the men.

Footage from the event has begun circulating with John’s audio clear. “Hey, you two security guards with the girl. F— off,” yells the singer. “Let her up here immediately … come on you c—s,” said John, adding “Morons. Both of you morons. You don’t treat girls like that. Leave her alone you turds.”


Today Perth reporter Louise Momber was at the concert and said that the incident changed the atmosphere for the remainder of the show, with some concertgoers walking out as a result. Speaking to The Sydney Morning Herald, Momber said John told the audience he “…can’t stand violence against women and had to say something,” adding “He sang the next song and then immediately apologized for his rant – but said it’s something he’s really passionate about.”

A spokesperson for VenusWest, the company that oversaw Saturday’s show, said that security acted accordingly and took their cue from John’s security team. “Under the circumstances, the security team acted appropriately and we (VenuesWest and security) worked together with Elton’s team to ensure that the event was safe and successful for the artist and the patrons,” said the spokesperson. Although close-up footage of the event has not yet surfaced, John’s rant is being hailed as heroic by some fans and dismissed as an ego-trip by others.


Saturday’s show wasn’t the first time John has taken offence to the way security has treated his fans. At a 2015 show in Gloucester, England, John compared the security staff to Adolf Hitler before inviting one of the employees on stage to publicly apologize. In November, John announced an additional 24 dates for the North American leg of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour. So, stay tuned for more (possible) yelling.

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