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Elton John takes swipe at Madonna

Mon October 04, 2004 03:51 PM ET

By Paul Majendie

LONDON (Reuters) - Pop veteran Elton John has taken a foul-mouthed swipe at Madonna, saying she cheats her fans by miming on stage.

But the American pop superstar was swift to rubbish his accusation, saying she does not lip-synch or criticise other artists.

While collecting a song-writing award from Q music magazine in London on Monday, John suddenly launched into a tirade against Madonna when he discovered she had been nominated for Best Live Act.

"Anyone who lip-synchs in public on stage when you pay 75 pounds to see them should be shot," John said in reference to ticket prices for Madonna's Reinvention tour.

"Madonna, best f***ing live act? F*** off," said the singer renowned as much for his outrageous outbursts as he is for his outlandish outfits.

"Since when has lip-synching been live?" he asked.

He ended his outburst by saying: "That's me off her f***ing Christmas card list but do I give a toss? No."

His tirade prompted a swift response from her U.S. spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg who said in a statement: "Madonna does not lip-synch nor does she spend her time trashing other artists.

"She sang every note on her Reinvention tour live and is not ashamed that she was well paid for her hard work."

And Madonna, 46, showed she was not taking John's criticism too seriously.

"Elton John remains on her Christmas card list whether he is nice ... or naughty," the statement added. Madonna lost out to British band Muse for the Live Act title.

Elton John hit the headlines in Taiwan last month when, confronted by a wall of flashing cameras at Taipei airport, he lashed out at the local media, calling them "rude, vile pigs".

"The televisions and photographers at the airport were the rudest people that I've ever met and I've been to 60 countries," the 57-year-old star said.

His partner, David Furnish, has memorably captured the flamboyant star at his most outrageous and demanding in a fly-on-the-wall documentary appropriately named "Tantrums and Tiaras".

Madonna herself is no stranger to foul-mouthed outbursts -- as the organisers of one of the world's most famous art prizes found out to their cost three years ago.

Britain's Channel Four had to apologise for Madonna's "strong language" when she presented the Turner Prize on live television.

Cat fights are so much fun. :cheeky:

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Originally posted by MelissaG915

Sir Elton is being a tad bitchy lately.

Maybe Queen Elton is just stumping for a soon to be released CD.

Or am I just being a cynic.

THE ***** IS BACK

I was justified when I was five

Raising cane, I spit in your eye

Times are changing, now the poor get fat

But the fever’s gonna catch you when the ***** gets back

Eat meat on friday that’s alright

Even like steak on a saturday night

I can ***** the best at your social do’s

I get high in the evening sniffing pots of glue

I’m a *****, I’m a *****

Oh the ***** is back

Stone cold sober as a matter of fact

I can *****, I can *****

`cause I’m better than you

It’s the way that I move

The things that I do

I entertain by picking brains

Sell my soul by dropping names

I don’t like those, my god, what’s that

Oh it’s full of nasty habits when the ***** gets back

:cheeky::confused::depress::angry:

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Originally posted by baseballbruce30

Maybe Queen Elton is just stumping for a soon to be released CD.

Or am I just being a cynic.

THE ***** IS BACK

I was justified when I was five

Raising cane, I spit in your eye

Times are changing, now the poor get fat

But the fever’s gonna catch you when the ***** gets back

Eat meat on friday that’s alright

Even like steak on a saturday night

I can ***** the best at your social do’s

I get high in the evening sniffing pots of glue

I’m a *****, I’m a *****

Oh the ***** is back

Stone cold sober as a matter of fact

I can *****, I can *****

`cause I’m better than you

It’s the way that I move

The things that I do

I entertain by picking brains

Sell my soul by dropping names

I don’t like those, my god, what’s that

Oh it’s full of nasty habits when the ***** gets back

:cheeky::confused::depress::angry:

I liked that song before I knew the words. Now it's just dumb.

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http://www.thisislondon.com/showbiz/articles/14002736?source=Evening%20Standard

Elton says sorry to Madonna

By Alexa Baracaia, Evening Standard 13 October 2004

Irascible rock star Sir Elton John has admitted he may have been unfair in comments about Madonna's supposed miming on stage.

At a charity fundraiser in Los Angeles he said: "It was probably a bit unfair because there are people who lip- sync worse and whole shows are lip-synced. Her show is not wholly lip-synced.

"Madonna is a great artist, a great performer and a great writer."

He had erupted over her nomination for best live act at a London awards ceremony earlier this month, saying: "F*** off ! Since when has lipsyncing been live?"

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