The Spice Girls wannabe stars again. Following a calculated publicity
buildup, the group in the 1990s announced Thursday they had agreed to get
together for 11 concerts around the world in December and January.
The shows will be their first concerts since breaking up in 2001, and
the first with all five of the original group since Geri "Ginger Spice"
Halliwell quit to pursue a solo career in 1998.
"Imagine you got divorced and you've got back together with your
ex-husband," Halliwell said, explaining how she felt about the reunion.
"She just appreciates the fact we've let her back in," joked Victoria
"Posh Spice" Beckham.
The group said the shows would be in Los Angeles on Dec. 7; Las Vegas
on Dec. 8; New York on Dec. 11; London on Dec. 15; Cologne, Germany, on
Dec. 20; Madrid, Spain, on Dec. 23; Beijing on Jan. 10; Hong Kong on Jan.
12; Sydney, Australia, on Jan. 17; Cape Town, South Africa, on Jan. 20;
and Buenos Aires, Argentina on Jan. 24.
Halliwell and Beckham joined with Melanie "Sporty Spice" Chisholm, Emma
"Baby Spice" Bunton and Melanie "Scary Spice" Brown to pose for photos and
announce tour plans.
"We wanted to say thank you to our fans. " Chisholm said.
"Obviously it's nostalgic. But equally, if new fans want to come along,
that's fantastic," Halliwell said. "I like to think our songs are
universal and they are timeless."
Fans stood outside the news conference, hoping to catch a glimpse of
the Spice Girls.
The Spice Girls' first single, "Wannabe," was released in 1996 and
topped charts in 31 countries. They went on to sell more than 55 million
But their last album, "Forever," released in 2000 and without
Halliwell, fared poorly.
You could now call them the Spice Mums. Beckham said the tour would be
designed to accommodate the band members' seven children. And Bunton is
now pregnant with her first child.
"Our priority is going to be our families. We want to have fun," said
Beckham, who has three sons with her husband, soccer star David Beckham.
"That's one of the many reasons for this, for our children to see what we
used to do. "