Mick Jagger at the premiere of the Rolling Stones new documentary "Stones In Exile" screening at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. (Pacific Coast News)more pics »
Rolling Stones legend Mick Jagger
has seen his share of illegal substances as a rock star, but he'd rather abstain while performing onstage.
Jagger said in an interview on Larry King Live
: "I always think it's better to be not taking drugs or drinking or anything. That's not saying I've never done it because I have. But I sort of learned I think after a while there has been -- it didn't take me that long to realize that it wasn't a good thing. Mick would rather perform sober (Getty)
"You know, taking drugs on a recreational level is one thing. But taking them while you're working on a stage is, you know, I don't think it was that great.
"It's the control factor. And the thing about being on stage, you really want to feel that you're sort of in control a lot, I think, because I don't think you want -- it's not a place where you want to be out of control."
Jagger recently said he believes the "orgies and drug taking" of the early '70s were a result of it being a creative time.
The singer, who is the focus of new documentary Stones in Exile
at the Cannes Film Festival, reveals details of the period in the film and admitted it was a period of excess.
He said: "The orgies, the drug taking? Yes I remember it well. It was lot of fun, quite a bumpy time but generally quite a creative period despite all the excesses. In those days that's how it was done -- we got away with it."
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