SIR Elton John has clashed with photographers at Taiwan's Taipei's Chiang Kai-shek Airport, calling them "vile pigs".

The rocker berated cameramen and TV journalists as he walked through immigration, after arriving by private plane earlier today (23SEP04), to perform at the country's Chung Shan soccer stadium tonight.

He shouted, "Rude vile pigs. Do you know what that means? Rude vile pigs. That's what all of you are."

One of the photographers shouted back, "Why don't you get out of Taiwan?"

John retorted, "We'd love to get out of Taiwan if it's full of people like you. Pig. Pig."

The singer's spokesperson comments, "Elton John's arrival at Taipei Airport was greeted by what can only be described as chaos and confusion.

"The local police and security at the airport failed to protect Elton John from the ensuing chaos.

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

23/09/2004 17:23