REFORMATION DES " SPICE GIRLS
Shot at 2007-06-30
'WE'RE THRILLED TO BE BACK'
Seven years after they split up the sensational Spice Girls are back for a MASSIVE farewell world tour - as we revealed last month.
The 90s pop goddesses will play a dozen dates in eight countries over two months, kicking off in LA in December and taking in Britain, Germany, Spain, China, Australia, South Africa and Argentina.
At a press conference in the O2 Centre in Greenwich, formerly the Millennium Dome, the fab five - Melanie Chisholm, Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell, Melanie Brown and a heavily-pregnant Emma Bunton - said they were THRILLED to be back together and couldn't wait to get back on stage. They promised spectacular shows featuring lights, dancing, music... and topless dancing.
After a moment, a startled Mel C added that the only topless dancers would be those in the crowd.
Richard E Grant, who starred as the girls' sleazy impresario in their 1997 mock rock-umentary Spiceworld, introduced the reunited group promising they would save the music scene from "underfed boys with guitars".
Looking relaxed and giggling almost constantly, they took 45 minutes of questions from the mass of journalists who had gathered from all around the world to attend the launch.
Questions deemed 'unhelpful' were cheerfully batted away with one reporter from Heat magazine forced to strip after suggesting that the five - all now in their 30s - may not be fit enough to perform their original dance routines. "You don't look so fit yerself," giggled Mel B.
A reporter from the Daily Mail who had suggested in a story last week that the concerts would feature pre-recorded vocals was told this was "s**t".
When asked by a US reporter whether the comeback was motivated by money they replied in unison: "This is about the music." They are reportedly getting a whopping £10m EACH to take part.
A TV reporter from Russia, disappointed that his country had been missed out of the world schedule, was told: "If you invite us, we'll come."
The fiery tensions which led to Geri walking out mid-tour in 1998 triggering the beginning of the end for the band showed only once, when Ginger Spice - wearing a mumsy floral dress - promised she would be "on my best behaviour" - only for Victoria Beckham to mutter quietly "or else".
Mel C admitted: “We used to have our spats, but we were kids then and we’re woman now”.
Asked why she had dropped her public resistance to a reunion, she said: "A girl's allowed to change her mind."
Posh Spice Victoria Beckham - looking sensational in a black bustier and skintight sparkly leggings - said there would be a creche on the tour to accommodate the seven Baby Spices the band members will have between them once Emma gives birth... which could be "any day now".
She said: "We're definitely going to have a huge creche. Our priority is going to be our families. We want to have fun.
"That's one of the many reasons for this, for our children to see what we used to do.. I can be the cool one in the family for once!"
Quizzed on whether the reunion was merely a nostalgia-fest, Geri said: "Obviously it's nostalgic. But equally, if new fans want to come along, that's fantastic. I like to think our songs are universal and they are timeless. Hopefully, the young 'uns will like it too."
They may (Posh apart) have ditched their provactive outfits for more sober dress, but the feisty fivesome still appeared startled by their ability to tame a room full of the world's hardest-nosed showbiz journos.
"They were pussycats..." said a clearly delighted Mel C under her breath. as the girls departed hand-in-hand in a final volley of flashbulbs.
Los Angeles - December 7
Las Vegas - December 8
New York - December 11
London - December 15
Koln - December 20
Madrid - December 23
Beijing - January 10
Hong Kong - January 12
Sydney - January 17
Cape Town - January 20
Buenos Aires - January 24
http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/article/walsh%20blames%20spice%20girls%20for%20boyzone%20reunion%20delay_1035681WALSH BLAMES SPICE GIRLS FOR BOYZONE REUNION DELAY
Pop mogul LOUIS WALSH has blamed the SPICE GIRLS for delaying a reunion of 1990s pop act BOYZONE. The music impresario - who was formerly manager of the Irish boy band - insists the Spice Girls' announcement on Thursday (28Jun07) of their plans to reform has jeopardised a reunion between bandmates Ronan Keating, Stephen Gately, Mikey Green, Shane Lynch and Keith Duffy. And Walsh admits Boyzone will have to wait to get back together thanks to the feisty female five-piece. He says, "The Spice Girls pipped us to the post by announcing they are getting back together."