Subject: Elton John Takes Swipe at Madonna over
Date sent: Tue 5/10/2004 6:47 AM
Elton John Takes Swipe at Madonna Over Lip-Synching
By Paul Majendie
LONDON (Reuters) - British pop veteran Elton John took a foul-mouthed
swipe at Madonna Monday, saying she cheated her fans by miming on stage.
But the American pop superstar was swift to rubbish his accusation,
saying she does not lip-synch or criticize other artists.
While collecting a song-writing award from Q music magazine in London,
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 ($134) 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
"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
"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
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
organizers of one of the world's most famous art prizes found out to
their cost three years ago.
Britain's Channel Four had to apologize for Madonna's "strong language"
when she presented the Turner Prize on live television.