Mick Jagger’s son James must have needed this crafty cigarette to calm his nerves as he made his stage debut. James, 22, became the first actor to spark up on a London stage since the smoking ban was introduced last month. Only last week his father’s fellow Rolling Stones Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood flouted the ban by puffing away at the O2 Arena, the former Millennium Dome.
But there was one difference between the two incidents – James had special permission to smoke, as it was vital to his acting role.
Jagger Jnr, a smoker himself, was undoubtedly grateful for the concession as he braved his preview night on Tuesday.
James, who turned 22 on his first night, said of his smoky debut: “It was quite funny, especially considering all the fuss with my dad’s band. He’s proud of me – not for smoking, but for getting up on stage.”
Richards and Wood certainly felt smoking vital to the artistic value of their performance at the O2 last week. A spokesman for the band insisted at the time that smoking was “an integral part of rock ’n’ roll”.
But the O2 Arena management company was still reprimanded by Greenwich Borough Council and warned that, if the smoking continued, they stood to pay a £2,500 fine on behalf of the Stones.