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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Rod Stewart

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.

The 1st Central County Ground, Hove

Fri 12 Jul

£55–£125 / 01273 827126

3Arena, Dublin

Wed 4 Dec


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Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (AECC)

Tue 16 Jul

£55–£125 / 0844 477 9000

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