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Elton John throws a temper fit onstage in Vegas

May 13, 2012 Chellie Cervone
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Known for having a ferocious temper, apparently Elton John throws a temper fit onstage in Vegas.

Elton John was booed during his Friday show at Caesars Palace after repeatedly losing his temper and throwing a stool and water glass across the stage.  He allegedly said “somebody in my production team is (bleeping) fired,” a backstage spy told the Las Vegas Review Journal.

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Elton John started his show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace 20 minutes late and was apparently so upset, he ended his show 25 minutes early.  Stagehands were seen mopping up water after each of John’s outbursts. Booing erupted after the fourth time he threw his water glass.

We haven’t heard what started his apparent tirade.

Many of his fans wrote in supporting Elton John and really seemed to take the shorter than usual show in complete stride and just attributed it to his diva-like behavior. They pretty well laughed it off and said Elton is Elton.

We heard from other fans who were royally pissed off. Some who said that they either planned their vacations or other special occasions specifically around the show and were very pissed off and disheartened about the whole scene that unfolded. Some said they would return though for another show and a few others said never, ever again would they return.

We even heard from a few people that attended the show and didn’t notice any type of problem at all. So some noticed, some didn’t and some that noticed were Ok with it.

Elton John has a reputation for having a very foul mouth and a terrible temper.  A private bartender that worked for the show once told me that although the pay was great, it was a challenge listening to a non-stop barrage of x-rated words.

  • Hally

    I was at that show, and it NOT true that people boo’ed. We were actually egging him on. It was hilarious watching him have a temper tantrum. Besides, the show was great, and he was in good form. Sad it was a little shorter than usual, but hey – he IS a pop diva, he’s allowed.

    • Miz.Chellie

      Hally Thanks for your first hand input. We had heard that after the 4th time, he was boo’ed and that as he was walking off-stage, he started venting even more to his staff. I’ve seen him too and he is great. Glad it didn’t ruin the experience for you.

  • Jennifer

    I was also at the concert…and Hally is right! It was funny…and I think a lot of people thought it was part of the act! He’s an amazing performer and the show was fantastic!!!!

    • Miz.Chellie

      Jennifer. Thanks. He is a awesome talent!

  • Cris

    Actually been a fan forever & seen him live many times (most recently 3 times 2010 in Ca and Oct 2011 in Vegas) I would have booed (loudly)I may live only 3 hours from Vegas but will not be seeing this old burn-out again.

    • Miz.Chellie

      Hey Cris. Elton is quite the “diva” and has a huge fan base. Seems like the folks writing in so far either didn’t notice or if they did, they really didn’t seem to mind.

      • Cris

        Boring venue, I actually did enjoy the October permormance but would not pay that much to see a performance where the audience just sits. REALLY would not go there again with even the remote chance of of an even shorter one…I would see him again only if he played in California.

  • Tammy

    I also was at the show and I did not hear one person boo Elton. The show was awesome!! He played basically non-stop for almost an hour and a half… He is quite the diva and frankly he is allowed to be!

    • Miz.Chellie

      Glad you enjoyed the show. I think that many of his fans didn’t seem to mind…if they noticed it all. They were filming that night too so I am sure stress levels were high all around.

  • Mrs. Z.

    I was there Friday night as well and I didn’t hear any boos. We thaought it was funny. However, I was very disappointed in the show. I had seen EJ Red Piano and loved it. We couldn’t wait to see him again. We actually had tickets to his show in Feb that got cancelled because EJ got sick. Planned another trip from CA just to see him and had family from the east coast meet us in Vegas to go to show. EJ sounded great but you could tell he was in the middle of a fit. There was little interaction with the audience(unlike Red Piano, he talked to the crowd all night). Friday night’s show just seemed like he wanted to sing, get it over with and get off the stage. I felt a little ripped off. We all waited for an encore and he didn’t come back out. All that said, I would still see him again.

    • Miz.Chellie

      The consensus of people writing in has been very similar in that most people knew something was up. It seems like EJ is known as much for his stellar talent as he is for his “hissy fits”.
      You’re obviously a big fan so sorry to hear you were disappointed with Friday’s show. Hopefully the experience will be much better the next time you see him.

  • Jean Rowley

    I was at this show May 11 and was very disappointed. The tickets were expensive, and it was the worst concert I have ever experienced. I wrote a letter to Caesar’s Palace, and they just offered two free tickets to another show in May. Yeah right, I don’t think so. Elton phoned it in and was a total ass, including that snarky comment he made about Celine Dion.

    • Miz.Chellie

      The opinions have been mixed regarding that show. I agree that the tickets are expensive. Actually, I think that the tickets to most “headliners” are quite pricey. Looks like you are not taking Caesar’s Palace up on their offer but at least they replied.