The Spice Girls 20th Anniversary Tour Denied by Emma Bunton Despite Rumors
Despite the panic-attack worthy news of the Spice Girls reuniting for a 20th anniversary tour in celebration of their 1996 hit "Wannabe," the girls immediately refuted the quick-spreading anticipation.
The Sun reported that four of the five band mates would assemble for an international tour in 2016 sans Posh spice, Victoria Beckham.
Emma Bunton took to her Heart FM breakfast radio show on Friday morning, making it clear that "nothing's happening at the moment." Baby spice continued, "If anything happens and it's concrete, and we decide on something, I will let you know." However, Dan Wootton, the journalist who crafted the story, had a different take on things.
And a note from me to people saying Emma "denied" story this AM. She didn't. But no official announcement will come until later this year.
— Dan Wootton (@danwootton) August 7, 2015
Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell and Bunton were allegedly in talks of a reunion tour as Scary Spice has hinted at a girl power reunion multiple times. Last week, the America's Got Talent judge beamed to Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show that "it's about time" for the girls to hold onto their knickers and gather for a tour. She continued to appear on The Today Show, where she elaborated on the rumors. "When you say it's our 20th anniversary coming up, it does make you think, 'Oh, my gosh, it really has been that long'. Hopefully, we'll gather the troops around, and we'll get to do something to celebrate it next year. It's in my plan, I don't know about anybody else's," she said.
Beckham took to Twitter to show her love for the group but remained on the outskirts of the bustle, insisting she's far too busy with her fashion line and being a mom.
Ginger, Posh, Baby, Sporty and Scary collectively sold over 75 million records spanning nine number one singles, emerging as a 90s pop culture sensation--boasting singing Barbie dolls, lollipops, stickers and endless collectibles. Geri Halliwell parted ways from the group in 1998 and although the four went on to perform, they eventually ended their reign in 2001, BBC reports.
Six years later, they reassembled for a 47-gig tour and to everyone's surprise, showed up at the London 2012 Olympics to perform an explosive closing ceremony. Sporty and Baby exchanged witticisms about preparing for the "tour" and saddling back up into their alter egos. Mel C tweeted: "Woke up this morning wondering whether I need to start practising my backflips???!!!" Bunton answered: "Do I need to put my pigtails in?!?!?"
Do I need to put my pigtails in?!?!? https://t.co/TfWZQL9ux2 — Emma Bunton (@EmmaBunton) August 7, 2015
The Sun notes that members of the best-selling girl group met up in secret to discuss the finicky details of a tour. Who knows, maybe they're trying to keep tour plans under wraps until the official announcement-- a girl can only hope.