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Oxygen mask keeps Sir Mick rocking

Sir Mick Jagger has taken to popping backstage and strapping on an oxygen mask to up his energy levels during shows.

india Updated: Aug 26, 2006 21:07 IST

With age forcing him to slow down, veteran Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger has taken to popping backstage and strapping on an oxygen mask to up his energy levels during live shows.

A source revealed that the 63-year old rocker now struggles to keep his energy at the same level during gruelling live concerts, and so he’s taken to using an oxygen mask whenever guitarist Keith Richards is performing his two solo songs.

"It helps him get his breath back quicker, keeps the airways clear and gives him what he needs to get back out and step it up a gear for the second half of the show," the Daily Mail quoted the source, as saying.

A spokesman for the Stones confirmed that Sir Mick uses an oxygen mask, and said that it was common practice among performers.

"Lots of singers have an oxygen tank by the stage. It's fairly common," he told the Daily Star.

However, it seems that live concerts is not the only time that Jagger uses oxygen, but also takes in a fresh breath or two to help him stay awake for all-night parties.

"Ronnie Wood threw a party last Sunday after their Twickenham show. And Mick had a few lungfuls of oxygen before that too, just to help him make the most of the party and stop him from dozing off," a source said.