London: Veteran rocker Sir Mick Jagger is learning to pace himself during live performances because he can no longer keep up his energetic stage act for the entire concert.
The 66-year-old Rolling Stones legend is often praised for his high-energy gigs but he is finding it increasingly difficult to perform now that he`s getting older, admitting he has to take short breaks during shows to catch his breath, reports contactmusic.com.
"After I`m finished (a concert), I don`t always feel like a 20 year old! Part of knowing if you`re fit or not is knowing how tired you get at the end. You might be tired for five minutes, you`ll feel really wiped out, (but) you should be recovered in 30 minutes. And you should feel absolutely fine. If you don`t, you`re not very fit, basically," he said.
"You can pace yourself as well - it`s like playing tennis. If you notice people playing tennis, even the really fast people, they have a lot of breaks in between when they want to get their breath back."
"If you`ve had a really long rally and you`re running, you bounce the ball a bit more to recover! That`s what you`ve got to do onstage if you`re really, really running - you`ve got to pace yourself," he added.