Rod Stewart's oxygen aid

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 29 May 2008

Rod Stewart's oxygen aid

Rod Stewart has demanded an oxygen kit to help get him through his world tour.

The 63-year-old rocker - who is currently on the European leg of the run of shows - wants the equipment available backstage in case he struggles with the demands of his performances.

At a concert in Norway last Friday (23.05.08), Rod told organisers he needed "two first-aid type oxygen kits" with masks.

A source explained to Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper: "The oxygen kits had everyone talking. It wasn't the sort of thing that you'd expect but he is such a star that anything goes and we were more than happy to oblige."

Rod also requested 48 white, size 5, non-logo soccer balls so he could kick them into the crowd at Norway's Ruten festival.

During his stay, the 'Maggie May' singer also wanted £8,000 of food a day for him and his crew, a marquee, a presidential suite at a top hotel, three limousines, UK newspapers and a good dry cleaners.

Rod is not the first music star to request oxygen.

Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger used it backstage during the band's mammoth 2006 tour.

A source said: "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."

Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose also inhales pure oxygen before live shows.

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Gravel-voiced Rod returns for more onstage shenanigans lapped up by a partying crowd. There's always 'Maggie May' to look forward to. This time round he is promoting his latest studio album Blood Red Roses.

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