An unruly concertgoer annoyed Elton John enough to walk offstage in the middle of “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” at his Thursday night (March 1) concert. Video footage from the incident at John’s show in Las Vegas that night surfaced the morning after, and on Saturday, he gave fans more context about the situation.
John released the following statement about what went down during his “Saturday Night” 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. 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 video of the moment, seen below, made its way to TMZ.
The singer was in Vegas as part of his residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. He’ll return for the next leg of his Vegas run from April 28 to May 17, before his extensive farewell tour begins in September.