After selling over 85 million albums worldwide, the Spice Girls managed to change the music scene, and pop culture, almost overnight. More than just a pop band, their message of Girl Power resonated with millions of fans during the 90s, ultimately also changing people’s lives.
It seems those people have not forgot the impact the Spice Girls made on them, because when the band finally announced their highly anticipated return to the stage, tickets sold out in minutes. And we’re not talking small venues – the Spice World 2019 tour sold out 13 stadiums in the UK alone. In fact, they sold out London’s Wembley Stadium, which can hold up to 90,000 fans, three nights in a row.
Some might say they’re even bigger now than they were in their heyday. Some are also surprised by the band’s successful return to the stage, their first tour since 2007, considering they’re missing a key ingredient to their winning formula – Posh Spice. While fans hoped for a full line-up, Victoria Beckham politely declined to return to her pop star roots, instead wanting to focus on her fashion career. But judging by the tour’s turnout and the concert reviews, Posh has not been missed.
However, on the day the tour kicked off, Victoria Beckham reached out to her former bandmates to wish them luck. “Good luck to the girls today as they start their tour! #FriendshipNeverEnds,” she posted on Instagram. According to hubby David Beckham, it was an emotional day for her. Becks shared a picture of Victoria in the Say You’ll Be There video on his Instagram story and wrote: “As someone that has lived with POSH SPICE for the last 23 years I know how emotional today is going to be but I just want to wish all the girls good luck with their amazing tour. There will only ever be one POSH SPICE.” Hear, hear!
In fact, Mel B, Emma Bunton, Geri Horner and Melanie C have made up for the missing member by going full out on their original Spice characters. Scary is kitted out in leopard print and has her afro back, Baby is embracing her love for pink, Sporty can high-kick again and Ginger has dyed her hair red for the first time in 12 years. It seems the power of four needs no more!
After announcing six shows in the UK, and adding another seven due to popular demand, the big question on everybody’s lips is – will they take their stadium spectacular around the world? At this stage, the ladies have not confirmed or denied the possibility. They’ve been offered millions per show to take the tour to Australia and America, and they’ve even been offered a Las Vegas residency. However, as four mothers, they’ve insisted their families come first, and that they would see how they feel about extending the tour at a later stage.
But if Sporty Spice Mel C’s excitement is anything to go by, chances are good more fans around the world will get to witness the nostalgic event. She posted on Instagram: “Words cannot describe how it feels to be back on stage with @officialmelb @therealgerihalliwell @emmaleebunton. I love you all so much, more than ever! Thank you to our wonderful fans, without you we never could have done this. We are eternally grateful for your endless support. Can’t wait to do it all over again and again!”
Here’s hoping the Spice Girls enjoy their time back together enough to bring Girl Power to the UAE in the future. Desert Spice, anyone?