Spiceworld Tour

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Spiceworld Tour
SpiceWorldTourBook.jpg
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
(1998)
Christmas in Spiceworld
(1999)

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).

History[edit]

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.[1] 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[2] and Twelve gigs at Birmingham's NEC Arena. Performing to 150,000 fans over the course of the tour. It was here that recordings were made for a planned 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 the recording being made, the idea was eventually dropped. On 31 May 1998, 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."[3] 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[4] and became one of the biggest entertainment news stories of the year,[5] 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.

Set list[edit]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Leg 1 – Europe[6]
24 February 1998 Dublin Ireland The Point
25 February 1998
2 March 1998 Zurich Switzerland Hallenstadion Zurich
3 March 1998 Frankfurt Germany Festhalle
5 March 1998 Bologna Italy Palasport
6 March 1998 Rome Palaeur
8 March 1998 Milan The Forum
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 Westfalen-Halle
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 Bercy Stadium
13 May 1998
15 May 1998 Vienna Austria Stadthalle
16 May 1998
19 May 1998 Stockholm Sweden Globe Arena
20 May 1998
22 May 1998 Copenhagen Denmark The Forum
23 May 1998
25 May 1998 Helsinki Finland Hartwall Arena
26 May 1998
28 May 1998 Oslo Norway Oslo Spektrum
29 May 1998
Leg 2 – USA and Canada[6]
15 June 1998 West Palm Beach United States Sound Advice Amphitheatre
16 June 1998 Orlando TD Waterhouse Centre
18 June 1998 Atlanta HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
20 June 1998 Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
21 June 1998 Bristow Nissan Pavilion
24 June 1998 Virginia Beach Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
25 June 1998 Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center
27 June 1998 Philadelphia Wachovia Center
29 June 1998 Wantagh Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
1 July 1998 New York Madison Square Garden
3 July 1998 Hartford Dodge Music Center
4 July 1998 Darien Lake Six Flags at Darien Lake P.A.C.
6 July 1998 Scranton Toyota Pavilion
8 July 1998 Mansfield Tweeter Center
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 Post-Gazette Pavilion
18 July 1998 Antioch Starwood Amphitheatre
20 July 1998 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center
22 July 1998 Columbus Germain Amphitheatre
24 July 1998 Noblesville Verizon Wireless Music Center
26 July 1998 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills
27 July 1998 Tinley Park First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
29 July 1998 Milwaukee Marcus Amphitheatre
31 July 1998 Minneapolis Target Center
2 August 1998 Maryland Heights UMB Bank Pavilion
3 August 1998 Bonner Springs Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
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 The Forum
16 August 1998 Devore Hyundai Pavilion of Glen Helen
18 August 1998 Irvine Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
19 August 1998 Paradise Thomas & Mack Center
21 August 1998 Chula Vista Coors Amphitheatre
22 August 1998 Phoenix Desert Sky Cricket Pavilion
25 August 1998 Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
26 August 1998 Dallas Smirnoff Music Centre
Leg 3 – Back in the United Kingdom[6]
11 September 1998 Sheffield England Don Valley Stadium
12 September 1998
19 September 1998 London Wembley Stadium
20 September 1998

References[edit]

  1. ^ Article reporting 2 hour sell-out of Irish gigs. Rolling Stone. 3 February, #1998.
  2. ^ Girl Power coming to Wembley. BBC News.
  3. ^ BBC News. Article confirming Geri Halliwell's departure. The British Broadcasting Corporation. 31 May 1998. Retrieved 17 November 2007.
  4. ^ "Ginger Shakes Out of Spice World". Billboard. Retrieved 3 July 2010. [dead link]
  5. ^ Spice Girls Break-Up Shook Up 1998[dead link]. Billboard. Retrieved 14 March 2006.
  6. ^ a b c "FACTS". Spice Girls. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 

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