The Stones had not staged a tour proper in their homeland since autumn 1966. Now they were going out after having announced on the day of their first show that they were becoming tax exiles and decamping to the South of France, which they did shortly after finishing the tour. As a result, this tour was also called the Good-Bye Britain Tour or formulations thereof.
The tour was not lengthy, but audience numbers were enlarged by playing two shows on almost every night. Although Sticky Fingers was still not released, the group expanded the number of selections from it played compared with the previous Fall’s European Tour; “Wild Horses” and “Bitch” were among those added. Nicky Hopkins took over from Ian Stewart the role of stage keyboardist.
The Brighton, Liverpool, Leeds and London performances were recorded with the Rolling Stones mobile studio by the Rolling Stones crew,. Almost the entire Leeds show was later broadcast in mono by the BBC. A stereo version of the Chuck Berry cover “Let It Rock” from the same concert was officially released on the Spanish edition of “Sticky Fingers” in 1971. A recording of “Let It Rock” from the Leeds concert appeared on the Brown Sugar EP in the UK.
Press opportunities focused on the usual banter with lead singer Mick Jagger:
Reporter: “Many remark on the tendency of Mick Jagger to be as feminine as masculine. Would you like to be a woman?”
Jagger: “If God wants me to become a woman, then a woman I will become.”
The Groundhogs served as supporting act for the shows.