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.”
**Warning – Explicit**
— Nokternl (@Nokternl) December 1, 2019
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.
@eltonofficial calling out two security guards at @HBFStadium just now and shouting “that’s not how you treat girls, you turds – bring her back!!” will stay with me forever. Bravo sir! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 #perth #EltonJohn
— Nikki Atack (@NikkiAtack) December 1, 2019
Among the swearing he said ‘you don’t treat girls like that!’ Suggests he’d seen something genuinely out of order – because it ain’t the first time he has seen security remove a fan from somewhere they shouldn’t be.
— Ok (@Obla_da_obla_di) December 2, 2019
Elton John stopping his show tonight to call two security guards cunts for man-handling a women truly proves once and for all that he is the hero this world needs.
— maisie (@thebrkfstcIub) December 1, 2019
Tonight at Farewell concert in Perth Elton John told security guards who tried to stop a girl from approaching the stage to Fuck off followed up by calling then c—-t- and turds ! Kind of spoilt the atmosphere . We left
— Lynn Luck -retired thug (@AnchorBabylluck) December 1, 2019
‘Leave her alone you turds’: Elton John shouts and swears at security guards removing woman from his Perth show. The guards were doing their job, silly old man.
Your gutter language, pitiful.
— Princess Dare (@PrincessDare2) December 2, 2019
Have we heard the other side of the story?! Why did security remove her? Was it necessary for Elton to stop his show while continually cursing the guards? He called them C U Next Tuesdays, amongst other names🙄 #eltonjohn #thebitchisback
— Em1111 (@Em21714633) December 2, 2019
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.