"So tell me what 'cha want, what 'cha really, really want?"
Girl Power is back in full force with the Spice Girls announcing they will reunite for 11 concert dates kicking off in the U.S. via Los Angeles on December 7th. For an ex Spice Girl junkie like myself, this was earth shattering news. Shortly after the start of their sellout 102 date Spiceworld Tour in 1998 Geri Halliwell pulled her spice from the all girl, Brit-pop spice rack. In 2001 the remaining four members announced it was over. Their departure from pop radio left an unmistakable breech in the earth's atmosphere unmatched since The Beatles split in 1970. But who's paying any attention to that small fact?
You can bet on this reunion tour to be a bankable event even with moderate success. Manager Simon Fuller (American Idol Producer) is demanding a $5 million dollar fee per Spice Girl for the broadcast rights to the concert and tour. Yikes! Pop music of late has been enveloped by the likes of Fergie, Nelly Furtado, Beyonce and Gwen Stefani which I agree are certainly all pop divas in their own right, but they are no match for a super group like those flavorful girls of Spice. If you haven't missed the fantastic five then you were probably too young to have noticed, too old to have cared or possibly walking around without a pulse. Now is a good time to re-check for that pulse.
Most new comers don't realize that the Spice Girls were the reigning queens of pop music for a brief season starting with their first release "Wannabe" in July of 1996 which turned into a a global smash hit, reaching number one in 31 countries. "Wannabe" set the gold standard for Brit-pop by becoming the biggest selling single by an all-female group along with being the biggest-selling debut single of all time. "Wannabe" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart at number 11. At the time it was the highest-ever debut by a non-American act in the US, beating the record previously held by The Beatles for "I Want To Hold Your Hand" at number 12. The ladies of the fantastic five went on to sell more than 55 million records during their reign.
I for one am excited to see the mayhem that will follow the Spice Girls triumphant return to the global stage. U.S dates beyond L.A. include Las Vegas on December 8th, and New York on December 11th. That's all for Uncle Sam, after New York the girls are jet setting off to London. The tour culminates in Argentina on January 24th. Or does it? Fans should expect at least one surprise appearance added along the way in addition to a Spice Girls greatest hits album and a reality television documentary. Spice Girls reality TV be one event worth waiting for even for the non fans. So bring on the drama momma! Get out your cheeky make up and black leather because you know you're a wannabe. The Spice Girls PMS train is coming to a city near you. Or is it?
Concert Dates: 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.