They were considered the most successful export of British music in Britain, since the Beatles, who were mega-stars in the 90s, sold around 85 million records worldwide …
On Monday, the Spice Girls announced their big comeback on stage with a funny video to the delight of all fans. They looked fantastic, totally motivated and totally ready to go. Certainly there have been a few moments in the last few years when it seemed like this meeting would never happen. Because until the time of the announcement it was a long and stony path …
There have been several rumors in recent years about a pop group reunion, plus "Sporty Spice" (Mel C, 44), "Scary Spice" (Mel B, 43), Baby Spice (Emma Bunton, 42) Ginger Spice "(Geri Halliwell, 46) actually belongs to" Posh Spice "(Victoria Beckham, 44). Founded in 1994, the Spice Girls invaded the charts with songs like "Wannabe", "Spice Up Your Life" and "Viva Forever", idols of a generation.
17 years ago, they paused, all musicians went their own way, did not occur together with a few exceptions. They returned in 2007 for a tour of Europe and the United States, performing at a graduation ceremony in London 2012 and working together for the musical Spice Girls "Viva Forever!".
Two years ago, Mel C had discarded the group's meeting, unless Victoria Beckham could be persuaded to return. "For me, the Spice Girls are a kind of puzzle that is not complete when someone is missing," she said at the time. Now there's the return, but still – even without Victoria Beckham.
The truth behind the meeting
▶ ︎ The money
For only six concerts in the UK (June 1 in Manchester, June 3 in Coventry, June 6 in Sunderland, June 8 in Edinburgh, June 10 in Bristol, June 15 at Wembley Stadium in London) Mail "earns at least 8 million pounds (about nine million euros) or more – per person. Even though the four women who are touring together are not necessarily as poor as the church rats, they like to hit her.
Above all, it is said that Mel B fought madly for a return of the Spice Girls as the recipe to help her out of the financial misery in which she is advised, especially by the war of divorce with ex-husband Stephen Belafonte. The fund, of which it not only finances its own expensive lifestyle, but also needs to pay for maintenance, must be filled with it.
▶ ︎ STRESS BETWEEN THE SPICE GIRLS
Victoria Beckham, formerly part of the band as "Posh Spice", will not return next year. This assured her on Instagram.
"I'm not going to be on stage with my girls," she said. "Being a Spice Girl has been a very important part of my life and I wish everyone lots of love and fun when they go on a tour next year."
For the fans a mega deception, for the insiders actually no surprise. Especially between Victoria Beckham and Mel B there must be tensions.
According to the Daily Mail reporter, Alison Boshoff, Mel B, like the other members of the band, feels betrayed by Victoria. Because she posted a photo of a meeting in February that gave the impression that she was on board.
For Victoria Beckham can be happy, according to the British "Sun" in a financial blessing, although she is not on the stage. As a former Spice Girl, she earns only by participating in music rights.
Against the abandonment: on Halloween, Mel B disguised himself as "Posh Spice" and had a sign saying: "No, I'm not on tour". And in the Spice Girls' return ad video was Victoria Beckham with no syllable mentioned …
▶ ︎ ONE YEAR OF ENTRY AND EXIT
For years, the Spice Girls speculated on a comeback, but that was postponed again and again. Sometimes Victoria Beckham did not want to, sometimes Mel C had other plans, then set Geri Horner (nee Halliwell) other priorities and was again mother (in January 2017 her son Montague George was born).
Simon Fuller (58), the mentor behind the return, also caused internal stress, according to the Daily Mail. He managed the Spice Girls in the '90s before the band expelled him. Reprobation at the time: it greatly limits the musicians in their freedom.
But they brought him back on board. The man, who has also been manager of Victoria Beckham since 2002, has let her sign several contracts for the meeting, where he makes a lot of money. Like an animated movie, for example.
But for feedback on the tour, band members supposedly had to wait a long time, could hit the producers of music and television very badly. And then Victoria said.
However, fans and also the four Spice Girls, who will be touring in 2019, are hoping: "Victoria can join later." That would be a real surprise …