Rod Stewart: Thank You for Cancelling Your Concert in Saudi Arabia!

Rod Stewart is one of the best selling artists of all time so we were immensely disappointed to see that he was planning to perform January 23-25, 2020 at the Winter at Tantora festival in repressive murderous Saudi Arabia.  On October 19, 2019, we started a petition and social media campaign asking him to cancel and around two weeks later when we looked at the Winter at Tantora festival webpage, the place were it had stated that he would be performing replaced by a stock photo of a stage labeled “To Be Revealed Soon.”

Sign our thank you letter to Rod Stewart for canceling, and sign our petitions and tweet at Enrique Iglesias and Lionel Richie asking them to follow Rod Stewart’s lead and cancel as well. 


Dear Sir Rod Stewart,

Thank you for canceling your concert at the Tantora cultural festival in Al Ula, Saudi Arabia. We appreciate your choice of human rights rather than artwashing Saudi war crimes and human rights abuses. 

When we appealed to you earlier this month as a supporter of the Red Cross, we hoped you understood and believed in their mission to provide relief to victims of war and prevent suffering. It is clear from your actions that you do. 

Thank you for stepping up and telling the world that war crimes, gender segregation, and torture are unacceptable. Saudi Arabia is using the Winter at Tantora festival to try and distract from the fact that they are one of the world’s most repressive, misogynist, gender-segregated countries in the world. Saudi Arabia subjects women to the oppressive male guardianship system, in which all Saudi women need permission from a male to travel, study, obtain a passport, and marry. Saudi women activists are right now languishing in prison, subjected to horrific beatings, electroshock, and sexual harassment as punishment for their activism. Saudi is the cause of the worst humanitarian crisis on earth: the war in Yemen. Since 2015, 85,000 children under the age of five have died from acute malnutrition as a result of the war. 

By opting out of your performance this January, you are sending a message to the Saudi regime that your talents may not be used to artwash war crimes. You are sending a message to the Saudi women, journalists, dissidents, and religious minorities, and the Yemeni people that you have heard them and listened.

Thank you for freedom and human rights.

Sincerely,

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  • Yessenia Quintero
    signed 2019-11-12 02:28:42 -0500
  • Carol Shea
    signed 2019-11-05 21:05:32 -0500
    I’ve always loved your music and thought you were a great person!!! Now I know you most definitely are!!! Thank you so much! 💙💙💙
  • Barbara Rose Rose
    signed 2019-11-05 13:59:43 -0500
    war is not healthy for children and other living things. thank you for your good conscience.
  • Silvia Matatazzo
    signed 2019-10-25 11:43:03 -0400
    Dear Rod Stewart, thank you for cancelling the concert.

    Saudi Arabia in repudiation of the massacre of killing inocents civilians.

    God Bless You 🙏
  • Toby Siegel
    signed 2019-10-25 09:29:09 -0400
  • Mark Hirshfeld
    signed 2019-10-25 06:42:32 -0400
  • Angel Torley
    signed 2019-10-23 07:04:59 -0400
    Brilliant news and no more concerts in occupied Palestine
  • Robin Brunetti
    signed 2019-10-22 22:46:40 -0400
    Thank you for canceling.
  • Lee Alton
    signed 2019-10-22 17:00:31 -0400
  • Ruweida Bawa
    signed 2019-10-22 16:48:47 -0400
    They are bombing and starving innocent Yemeni kids !!!!

    #StopTheGenocide
  • Annette Pomponio
    signed 2019-10-22 16:09:39 -0400
    Annette Rae Pomponio
  • Pamels McClelland
    signed 2019-10-22 09:43:44 -0400
  • Randall Sampson
    signed 2019-10-22 05:27:08 -0400
    Thank you for all the children and adults Saudi Arabia has killed in Yeoman!!!!
  • Marea Hall
    signed 2019-10-22 01:07:12 -0400
  • Joni Bosworth
    signed 2019-10-22 00:29:17 -0400
    Joni Bosworth
  • Gary Quinton
    signed 2019-10-21 21:23:09 -0400
  • Shirin Wertime
    signed 2019-10-21 19:19:06 -0400
  • Joella Trull
    signed 2019-10-21 18:24:24 -0400
  • Kelvin Bland
    signed 2019-10-21 15:03:14 -0400
  • Susan Farquhar
    signed 2019-10-21 14:50:09 -0400
    Susan L Farquhar
  • Simon John Evans
    @EvansGrizzly tweeted link to this page. 2019-10-21 13:42:58 -0400
    Dear @RodStewart, Thank you for CANCELING YOUR FEB. 2020 CONCERT IN SAUDI ARABIA! Every 10 minutes, a child in Yemen dies from starvation because of the Saudi-led war. #BoycottSaudi #YemenCantWait https://www.codepink.org/thankrodstewart?recruiter_id=876507
  • Simon Evans
    signed 2019-10-21 13:42:39 -0400
  • Linda Jones Jones
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  • Jan Blatt
    signed 2019-10-21 13:10:09 -0400
  • Marjorie Johnson
    signed 2019-10-21 12:40:26 -0400
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  • Lon Gibson
    signed 2019-10-21 11:27:32 -0400
  • Cheryl Fanson
    signed 2019-10-21 11:09:19 -0400
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    signed 2019-10-21 10:57:03 -0400
  • Kelly Moore
    signed 2019-10-21 10:34:35 -0400
    Kelly J Moore
  • Jill Bolton
    signed 2019-10-21 10:01:47 -0400
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