Rod Stewart Booed By German Crowd For Support Of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

"Putin must be stopped," he said recently...

Rod Stewart was booed by a crowd in the German city of Leipzig after he showed support for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The UK music legend has been outspoken in his support for the Ukrainian people following the Russian invasion, and incorporates this into his live shows. Currently touring across Germany – during the European Championships, no less – a show in Leipzig took a turn for the unexpected.

As fan-shot footage shows, the flag of Ukraine flashed up on screen during the set, followed by an image of Volodymyr Zelensky. The crowd booed the Ukrainian President, while Rod Stewart followed this by performing his 1991 classic ‘Rhythm Of My Heart’ – which famously has anti-war themes.

The Independent reports that Rod Stewart subsequently told the Press Association:

“I have supported the Ukrainian people throughout this war. From arranging for members of my family to take supplies to the country, to renting a house in the UK for a Ukrainian family, as well as employing two Ukrainians as part of my touring crew. So yes, I do support Zelensky and the people of Ukraine, and I will continue to do so.”

He continued: “Putin must be stopped. I’m having the time of my life playing for German audiences, sharing some special memories, and I’m looking forward to playing my remaining dates here.”

Rod Stewart is rarely out of the headlines these days – whether that’s helping workers clean up his beloved Celtic Park, launching his own whisky, or a deal to sell his back catalogue. The deal closed earlier this year, with Rod gaining around $100 million from Irving Azoff’s Iconic Artists.

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