Spice Girls reunion kicks off in city
Get out your platform shoes and vinyl mini-skirts: the Spice Girls are coming to Vancouver.
Taking the lead from fellow reunited Brits, the Police, the pop group responsible for Girl Power is starting their 14-date world tour in Vancouver on Dec. 2.
As Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice) would say, that is major and Vancouver fans know it.
“It’s pretty cool that they’re coming to Vancouver for the first show back — it’s going to be so exciting,” said local fan Shayla Fraser, who admits to having “Spice Girls everything” growing up.
When tour dates were first announced on June 28, Canadian fans were making preparations to go out of the country to see Posh, Emma Bunton (Baby), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty), Mel Brown (Scary) and Geri Halliwell (Ginger) in more than five years.
“I’ve registered (for tickets) in Vancouver and L.A., just in case,” said Christina Culver, who saw the group in Vancouver in 1999.
More than 3 million people have so far registered for tickets on the 14-date tour that will take them to nine different countries.
The band split in 2001, three years after Haliwell left to pursue her solo career.
“I was still quite young when (the Spice Girls) were a phenomenon, as most of their fans were,” said David Northgraves, 19. “But those two years when they were on top were something else and they really defined our generation … They are all about having fun and being yourself.”
During the eight years the Spice girls were together, they released four albums and sold 55 million copies.