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    Elton John Melts Down

    Apparently, Elton John feels that Thursday night's alright for fighting.

    The artist, bedecked in a bright blue track suit and trademark matching sunglasses, was less than thrilled to find himself mobbed by reporters Thursday after his private plane touched down at a Taiwan airport before his performance in Taipei.

    Finding himself surrounded on all sides by paparazzi, John let loose with a verbal barrage, shrieking at the photogs and calling them "rude vile pigs."

    "Do you know what that means?" the artist snarled. "Rude vile pigs. That's what all of you are."

    Apparently at least one paparazzo did know what that meant and asked the entertainer why he didn't "get out of Taiwan?"

    "We'd love to get out of Taiwan if it's full of people like you. Pig! Pig!" John shrieked in reply.

    (Sounds like somebody couldn't feel the love.)

    The encounter was captured live by ETTV cable news. The news feed showed John making his way through customs with his teeth clenched and muttering expletives.

    "We had a great tour of the Far East and then we come to Taiwan and [expletive deleted]," the singer muttered. He recently performed in Shanghai and Hong Kong.

    According to a statement released by John's camp, the singer was enraged that police did not protect him well enough "from the ensuing chaos."

    "Despite this frightening arrival, his spirits remain high and he is looking forward to performing the concert," the statement read.

    At his performance later, John told his fans that he meant everything he said and that the shutterbugs at the airport were the rudest people he had ever encountered in his travels around the world.

    Despite his nasty airport encounter, the Grammy-winning artist has plenty to be cheerful about.

    His new album, Peachtree Road, is slated for a November release, and the first U.S. released single, "Answers in the Sky," went into radio rotation Thursday.

    Next month, he'll resume his trés fabulous Las Vegas show, Red Piano, at the Colosseum at Caesar's Palace.

    Just last week, John was selected to receive the Kennedy Center Honors, America's highest tribute, in recognition of his lifetime achievement in the arts.

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