WHEN FIVE BECOME FOUR – GO ON TOUR
THE Spice Girls have announced a six-date UK stadium tour next June – minus Victoria Beckham. Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Horner and Emma Bunton announced the tour as a mock news broadcast on the band’s newlycreated Twitter account. Mel B said they cried with relief after they confirmed their reunion. THEY followed Wannabe with a string of number one singles including Say You’ll Be There, 2 Become 1 and Spice Up Your Life. Their debut album, Spice, made them the fastest-selling British act since The Beatles and to date they have sold more than 85 million records. GERI left the group in 1998 following the release of the Spice World movie citing “differences between us”. The band split in 2000 but performed at the London Olympics closing ceremony in 2012. They last toured together 10 years ago.
THE Spice Girls burst onto the music scene in 1994 with their debut single Wannabe and they went on to become one of the most successful acts of the decade. A Top Of The Pops magazine feature gave them their nicknames – Posh Spice (Victoria), Baby Spice (Emma), Scary Spice (Mel B), Sporty Spice (Mel C) and Ginger Spice (Geri).
THE group performed with opera star Pavarotti during the height of their fame and were pictured with Nelson Mandela – who called the girls “my heroes”. Geri also made headlines when she wore a Union Jack dress during their appearance at the 1997 Brit awards.
VICTORIA, below, wished her former bandmates good luck saying “friendship never ends”. She shared a photo of the other four Spice Girls on Instagram saying: “I won’t be joining my girls on stage again, but being in the Spice Girls was a hugely important part of my life and I wish them so much love and fun as they go back on tour.”