The Rainbow Room's guest of honour briefly bolted the affair after an argument, reported the July 14, 2004 Daily News.
After his Tuesday opening night at Radio City Music Hall, Elton was approached by a middle-aged woman. She insisted that she could play ''better boogie-woogie piano'' than him.
The incident stunned guests like Candice Bergen and Deborah Norville. Many glared at the lady, who reportedly ''skulked away.''
Party hostess Cornelia Guest managed to contact Elton on his cell phone and persuaded him to return--to a standing ovation.