Spiceworld Tour

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Spiceworld Tour
World tour by Spice Girls
Associated album Spiceworld
Start date 24 February 1998 (1998-02-24)
End date 20 September 1998 (1998-09-20)
Legs 3
Shows 97
Spice Girls concert chronology
Spiceworld Tour
Christmas in Spiceworld

Spiceworld Tour was the debut concert tour by the British girl group the Spice Girls. It was launched in support of their second studio album Spiceworld (1997).[1]


The Spiceworld Tour was the first global tour staged by the group, and proved to be an almost instant sell-out. Tickets for the first two shows in Ireland sold out within 2 hours.[2] In early 1998, the Spice Girls embarked upon the world tour that Fuller had set up for them covering Europe and North America. The Spiceworld Tour kicked off in Dublin, Ireland on 24 February 1998 before moving on to mainland Europe and then returning to Britain for two gigs at Wembley Arena[3] and Twelve gigs at Birmingham's NEC Arena. Performing to 150,000 fans over the course of the tour. The full show in Birmingham was recorded for a live album, which was confirmed by the group: "We've shown everyone we can do the business on stage, so now we want to do a live album for fans". Despite masters of recordings being made, the idea was eventually dropped. Luckily, the full show in Birmingham was broadcast live on BBC Radio 1.

On 31 May 1998, Geri Halliwell announced her departure from the Spice Girls. Through her solicitor (i.e. attorney) she stated: "Sadly I would like to confirm that I have left the Spice Girls. This is because of differences between us. I'm sure the group will continue to be successful and I wish them all the best."[4] Halliwell claimed that she was suffering from exhaustion and wanted to take a break. Halliwell's departure from the group shocked fans, in the middle of rumours of fight with Mel B, the news of Halliwell's departure was covered as a major news story by media around the world, it made the covers of the most important tabloid[5] and became one of the biggest entertainment news stories of the year,[6] making news headlines the world over. Geri went on to launch an initially successful solo career. The four remaining members were adamant that the group would carry on and that their approaching North American tour would continue as normal, however, Halliwell's departure threw most of the group's plans into disarray. The Spice Girls finally wrapped up the tour at Wembley Stadium on September 20, 1998. The full show was broadcast live on Sky One, A VHS release of the groups performance during Wembley Stadium titled; Live at Wembley Stadium, was released on November 24, 1998.


The show begins with a CGI video introduction of a spaceship flying through the galaxy. The introduction includes William Shatner as the narrator. And includes samples from "Wannabe", "Say You'll Be There", "2 Become 1" and "Mama". The spaceship is shown to land on earth and as its doors appear to open so does the door at the back of the stage to reveal The Spice Girls. Act One has a general futuristic / Spiceworld theme. The costumes worn by the girls reflect this theme. When they enter the stage they sing "If U Can't Dance". They then perform "Who Do You Think You Are" which includes an introduction sample from Club 69's "Diva" and RuPaul's "Supermodel (You Better Work)". During the European leg the third song was "Do It" while in North America it was changed to "Step To Me", however during both songs the girls were accompanied by the tour dancers. The dancers were often referred to as "The Spice Boys".

After the end of set one, The girls perform "Denying" and "Too Much". In this performance, Geri plays the role of a waitress. Mel B plays the role of a gambler. Victoria plays the role of a dancer. Emma plays the role of a gangster's girlfriend while Mel C plays the role of a club owner. The girls sing "Too Much" sitting down on chairs. In Act Three, The girls perform "Stop". Kenny Ho their Costume designer, wanted to give the girls a '60s theme to the clothing to fit the song. After "Stop", Emma Bunton sings a solo rendition "Where Did Our Love Go?" by The Supremes. Bunton had stated that "I've always been a fan of Diana Ross, that song is perfect for me, it's just the right pitch. I wouldn't want to do a song I found hard to sing."

In the performance of "Move Over" the girls portray supermodels on a runway, dressed in outrageous, outlandish clothes. The dancers dressed in black play the role of photographers. Originally, they were going to have Victoria in a chainmail, Versace dress, with linked gold squares. But it was too heavy, and too impractical for maintenance. After the performance of "Move Over" there was a thirty minute intermission. The second segment begins with "The Lady Is A Vamp". Their costume designer did this by giving them canes, tailcoat shape costumes, and giving the dancers bowler hats. Bunton dislikes the shoes worn in this section because of the fear of falling in them while Halliwell dislikes her dress worn in this because the strings on her dress were constantly getting caught on her cane.

For the performance of "Naked" the girls sing from behind chairs, giving the illusion they're naked. The girls sing "2 become 1" wearing velvet castsuits. Kenny Ho, their costume designer, wanted something luxurious, but not too over the top. Velvet was perfect, and it matched the song's feel, which was quiet and atmospheric. After "2 Become 1", they perform "Walk of Life". In set eight, Mel B & Melanie C cover "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves", which was originally sung by Annie Lennox and Aretha Franklin. They then sing "Wannabe", "Spice Up Your Life" and "Mama".

In this performance of "Viva Forever" all five girls are dressed in white clothing. Kenny ho wanted to reflect the sense of purity and spirituality to fit the song. They were originally going to put dry ice on the stage, but the idea was dropped because it would have made the stage slippery, and dangerous, and very hard to dance on. To end the show Halliwell recommended a '70s theme. Kenny used this and all five girls had a color scheme arranged by Kenny to fit their style and character. Brown had a lot of patches of Animal prints and greens while Halliwell's tones were different reds and purples. Bunton's were almost entirely bright red, pale blues and pink. Chishom had very bright colors and Adams had patchwork on her corset. During the encore of the show they sing "Never Give Up On The Good Times" and a cover of Sister Sledge's song "We Are Family". The Spice Girls exit the stage via the same doors upon which they entered on top of the staircase.[7]

Tour Information[edit]

"Who Do You Think You Are" contained a sound bite from the song "Diva" by Club 69 & "Supermodel (You Better Work)". In the beginning of the song the lyrics "You have to work to get this good" could be heard. "Naked" sampled two sound bits from the film "Batman Forever". In the beginning of the song dialogue from the motion picture was included "Tell me your dreams, Tell me your fantasies, tell me your secrets, tell me your deepest, darkest, fears" were heard. In the middle 8 of the song, the Riddler's growls were heard.n"Viva Forever" sampled a sound bite from the film "Blade Runner". In the beginning of the song the famous words "The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long, and you have burned so very, very brightly" spoken by Dr. Eldon Tyrell are heard. This inspired a similar, revamped sound bite that was used during "Who Do You Think You Are" on the Return of the Spice Girls Tour. This sound bite consisted of a deep, male, American-accented voice saying "The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long, and you, my friend, have burned the brightest". The original "London town" lyric in "Walk of Life" was replaced by the name of the city the girls were performing in. The lyrics varied depending on the pronunciation of the city name, for example "Birmingham", "Antwerp town", or "Boston city".

During the European leg of the tour, "Move Over" featured some rather interesting lyrical changes. Instead of the usual "dedication, babynation etc...", the girls would alternate the lyrics with "penetration, menstruation, lubrication and masturbation" on various nights in the predominantly non-English speaking countries. Starting in Indianapolis on July 24, "Step to Me" replaced "Do It", and "Walk of Life" was removed from the setlist. Both of these changes were due to several dancers' injuries, as well as the (unannounced, at the time) pregnancies of Melanie Brown and Victoria Adams, who were picked up and carried around in various positions during "Walk of Life." After Geri Halliwell's departure, a pre-recorded backing track of Geri's vocals were used during the Spanish Rap in "If U Can't Dance" and the remaining girls sang her original "Ginger" lyric in "The Lady Is A Vamp". As presented on Sky Box Office Live, there was no thirty minute intermission during the "Back in Britain" leg of the tour, and additional songs were added to the setlist. "Something Kinda Funny" replaced "Denying", and "Step to Me" was dropped. "Do It" was added to the setlist, but was performed in Act 2 instead of its original spot in Act 1. "Something Kinda Funny", "Do It", and "Too Much" were retooled into their own act with a new set of outfits, replacing the restaurant act. "Love Thing" replaced "Move Over" as a one-song act, with a dancer intro and another new set of outfits.

In 2007 and 2008, diehard fans were amazed when a series of previously unseen videoscreen recordings from the European leg of the tour were leaked, including concerts in Lyon, Paris and Arnhem.[8][9][10] Complete footage of the tour with all 5 group members had been previously unseen.

Set list[edit]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Leg 1 – Europe[11]
24 February 1998 Dublin Ireland The Point
25 February 1998
2 March 1998 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
3 March 1998 Frankfurt Germany Festhalle
5 March 1998 Bologna Italy PalaMalaguti
6 March 1998 Rome Palazzo dello Sport
8 March 1998 Milan FilaForum di Assago
9 March 1998
11 March 1998 Marseille France Le Dome
13 March 1998 Barcelona Spain Palau Sant Jordi
16 March 1998 Madrid Palacio de los Deportes
19 March 1998 Lyon France Halle Tony Garnier
20 March 1998 Lausanne Switzerland Patinoire De Malley
22 March 1998 Paris France Le Zénith
23 March 1998
26 March 1998 Munich Germany Olympiahalle
28 March 1998 Arnhem Netherlands GelreDome
29 March 1998
31 March 1998 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis
1 April 1998 Dortmund Germany Westfalenhallen
4 April 1998 Glasgow Scotland Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
5 April 1998
7 April 1998 Manchester England NYNEX Arena
8 April 1998
11 April 1998
12 April 1998
14 April 1998 London Wembley Arena
15 April 1998
18 April 1998
19 April 1998
21 April 1998
22 April 1998
25 April 1998
26 April 1998
28 April 1998
29 April 1998 Birmingham NEC Arena
2 May 1998
3 May 1998
5 May 1998
6 May 1998
12 May 1998 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
13 May 1998
15 May 1998 Vienna Austria Stadthalle
16 May 1998
19 May 1998 Stockholm Sweden Stockholm Globe Arena
20 May 1998
22 May 1998 Copenhagen Denmark Forum Copenhagen
23 May 1998
25 May 1998 Helsinki Finland Hartwall Areena
26 May 1998
28 May 1998 Oslo Norway Oslo Spektrum
29 May 1998
Leg 2 – USA and Canada[11]
15 June 1998 West Palm Beach United States Coral Sky Amphitheater
16 June 1998 Orlando Orlando Arena
18 June 1998 Atlanta Coca-Cola Lakewood Amphitheatre
20 June 1998 Charlotte Blockbuster Pavilion
21 June 1998 Bristow Nissan Pavilion
24 June 1998 Virginia Beach GTE Virginia Beach Amphitheater
25 June 1998 Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center
27 June 1998 Philadelphia CoreStates Center
29 June 1998 Wantagh Jones Beach Amphitheater
1 July 1998 New York Madison Square Garden
3 July 1998 Hartford Meadows Music Theatre
4 July 1998 Darien Lake Six Flags at Darien Lake P.A.C.
6 July 1998 Scranton Toyota Pavilion
8 July 1998 Mansfield Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts
10 July 1998 Montreal Canada Molson Centre
11 July 1998 Toronto Molson Amphitheatre
14 July 1998 Cuyahoga Falls United States Blossom Music Center
15 July 1998 Burgettstown Coca-Cola Star Lake Amphitheater
18 July 1998 Antioch Starwood Amphitheatre
20 July 1998 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center
22 July 1998 Columbus Polaris Amphitheater
24 July 1998 Noblesville Deer Creek Music Center
26 July 1998 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills
27 July 1998 Tinley Park New World Music Theatre
29 July 1998 Milwaukee Marcus Amphitheater
31 July 1998 Minneapolis Target Center
2 August 1998 Maryland Heights Riverport Amphitheater
3 August 1998 Bonner Springs Sandstone Amphitheater
5 August 1998 Greenwood Village Coors Amphitheatre
8 August 1998 Tacoma Tacoma Dome
9 August 1998 Portland Rose Garden Arena
11 August 1998 Vancouver Canada General Motors Place
13 August 1998 Mountain View United States Shoreline Amphitheatre
15 August 1998 Inglewood Great Western Forum
16 August 1998 Devore Blockbuster Pavilion
18 August 1998 Irvine Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
19 August 1998 Paradise Thomas & Mack Center
21 August 1998 Chula Vista Coors Amphitheatre
22 August 1998 Phoenix Blockbuster Desert Sky Pavilion
25 August 1998 Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
26 August 1998 Dallas Starplex Amphitheatre
Leg 3 – Back in the United Kingdom[11]
11 September 1998 Sheffield England Don Valley Stadium
12 September 1998
19 September 1998 London Wembley Stadium
20 September 1998


  1. ^ http://spicepedia.weebly.com/spice-girls---tours.html
  2. ^ Article reporting 2 hour sell-out of Irish gigs. Rolling Stone. 3 February, #1998.
  3. ^ Girl Power coming to Wembley. BBC News.
  4. ^ BBC News. Article confirming Geri Halliwell's departure. The British Broadcasting Corporation. 31 May 1998. Retrieved 17 November 2007.
  5. ^ "Ginger Shakes Out of Spice World". Billboard. Retrieved 3 July 2010. [dead link]
  6. ^ Spice Girls Break-Up Shook Up 1998[dead link]. Billboard. Retrieved 14 March 2006.
  7. ^ http://www.angelfire.com/pe/spiceworld/info.html
  8. ^ "Spice Girls - Spiceworld Tour Live In Lyon". YouTube. 2014-05-30. Retrieved 2014-11-24. 
  9. ^ "Spice Girls - Spiceworld Tour Live In Paris". YouTube. 2014-05-30. Retrieved 2014-11-24. 
  10. ^ "Spice Girls - Spiceworld Tour Live In Arnhem". YouTube. 2014-05-30. Retrieved 2014-11-24. 
  11. ^ a b c "FACTS". Spice Girls. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 

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