In March of 1971, the Rolling Stones embarked on their first tour of the UK in five years.
They announced on the day of the first concert, in Newcastle upon Tyne, that due to the mismanagement of their finances they owed a fortune to the British government and would be forced to leave England as tax exiles.
While the tour officially ended on March 14 at the Roundhouse in London, one final show was scheduled at the Marquee in Wardour St., the club where the band made their first appearance nearly ten years earlier at its original incarnation in Oxford St.
Within a month, as their new album ‘Sticky Fingers’ hit stores, the entire group were living in the south of France, where they would begin recording ‘Exile on Main Street’ in the basement of the villa Keith Richards had rented outside Nice.
They would not play London again until 1973.
“So after working for eight years I discovered at the end that nobody had ever paid my taxes and I owed a fortune. So then you have to leave the country. So I said fuck it, and left the country.”