WHEN FIVE BE­COME FOUR – GO ON TOUR

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS -

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.”

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