The Return of the Spice Girls

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The Return of the Spice Girls
World tour by Spice Girls
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Associated album Greatest Hits
Start date 2 December 2007 (2007-12-02)
End date 26 February 2008 (2008-02-26)
Legs 2
No. of shows 47
Box office $107.2 million
Spice Girls concert chronology

The Return of the Spice Girls was the third concert tour by the British girl group the Spice Girls. This tour marked the group's first tour since Christmas in Spiceworld in 1999 and the first as the original five-piece since May 1998, during the Spiceworld Tour. The tour is estimated to have grossed over US$70 million[1] and produced $107.2 million in ticket sales and merchandising.[2] The tour was the 8th biggest tour of 2008. The 17-night sellout stand at London's The O2 Arena was the highest-grossing engagement of the year, taking in $33.8 million and drawing 256,647, winning the 2008 Billboard Touring Award for Top Boxscore.[1][3]


On 28 June 2007, the Spice Girls held a press conference at The O2 in London, formally announcing their intention to reunite as a group,[4] a plan that had long been speculated by the media.[5] During the press conference, the group laid out their plans to embark on a world concert tour that would be seen as a celebration of the group's history and to tour as a quintet for the last time.[6] Initially eleven dates were announced and spanned North America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, Africa and South America and fans were informed that they had to pre-register for tickets on the group's website. On 30 September, the successful applicants for the Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Vancouver and London concerts were informed of how they could purchase their tickets, via email and text alerts, from valid ticket vendors. Demand was so high that many dates quickly sold out and new dates in London were immediately announced after the first date at The O2 Arena sold out in only 38 seconds.[7] Sixteen additional dates in London were eventually added, all selling out within one minute.[8]

Concert synopsis[edit]

The Spice Girls performing "Spice Up Your Life" as the opening number of their Return of the Spice Girls tour, at the Air Canada Centre, in Toronto; wearing tight metallic coloured oufits designed by Roberto Cavalli.

The show begins with a video introduction of five young girls playing inside a house when they find a magic box. When they open it fireworks appear, the five girls all wish to become pop stars when they grow up, then an instrumental of "Spice Up Your Life" begins as various music videos and press headlines about the Spice Girls are shown, as the video ends the Spice Girls enter the stage on five platforms and perform "Spice Up Your Life" they then perform a mashup of their 1998 hit "Stop" and "It's Like That" by Jason Nevins and Run-DMC, which famously blocked "Stop" from the number 1 position on the UK Single Chart.. After the girls introduce themselves at the end of the second song they perform "Say You'll Be There" remixed with "Fix" by Blackstreet. Their reunion single "Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)" is the last song in the first act. The second act begins with a Jazz theme for "The Lady Is A Vamp" having a showgirl style performance. An up-tempo jazz version of "Too Much" is performed with the group dressed in tuxedos, while doing a striptease behind neon pink-coloured, heart-shaped doors.[9][10] "2 Become 1" is performed next while each of the girls emerged from a cocoon of oversized swan wings and danced around a set of barber's poles while singing the song.[11]

The third act begins with a video of falling money and the titles Baby, Posh, Sporty, Scary and Ginger appear on the screen with their signature themes. Halliwell then enters the stage wearing a sequin Union Jack dress, while Bunton wears a small pink coat, and Chisholm appears wearing a sports track suit. Beckham then appears wearing a little black lace dress, while Brown wears her trademark leopard print catsuit, and the group perform "Who Do You Think You Are". The song symbolises the height of the Spice Girls in their heyday. Beckham is then left on stage giving a Catwalk / Runway dance to a remix of "Like a Virgin" by Madonna and "Supermodel (You Better Work)" by Ru Paul. Brown then performs solo, taking a male member of the audience and subsequently chains him to a ladder as she performs a cover of "Are You Gonna Go My Way" by Lenny Kravitz. Bunton gives a 1960s inspired performance of her 2004 hit "Maybe".

The show ends with the slogan "Spice – Mission Accomplished"

Following a cape dance interlude, "Viva Forever" is performed with a Latin theme and tango/fan dance break, the song ends with Halliwell exiting the stage early, acknowledging her leaving the band in 1998. "Holler" is then performed by the four remaining members, with a dominatrix theme similar to the video of the song. Halliwell then returns solo to perform her single "It's Raining Men", followed by Chisholm who performs her song, "I Turn to You". Brown, Chisholm, Bunton, and Beckham then perform "Let Love Lead The Way" dressed in white and silver. Halliwell returns from under the stage at the end of the song. The five girls come together holding hands and walk to the center stage, raising their hands to signify the reunion as a five piece and their bond. They then perform "Mama" with personal photographs of themselves with their mothers and children.[9][10] For the British shows, fifty young girls from the Capital Children's Choir dressed in white came out from a platform and lined the stage against the backdrop screens to sing with the Spice Girls.[12] During some of the shows, the group brought their children onstage.[13] This is then followed by the "Celebration Medley", a mash-up of "Celebration", "Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)", That's The Way (I Like It)", and "We Are Family. The girls then perform "Goodbye".

The encore begins with a Humpty Dance interlude by the dancers as it segues into "If U Cant Dance" with the girls wearing a different coloured robe. The girls then take off their robes to reveal glittery outfits: Brown in gold, Halliwell in blue, Chisholm in orange, Beckham in green, and Bunton in pink. They then perform their biggest hit and debut single "Wannabe". Finally they perform a heavily remixed version of "Spice Up Your Life". At the end, a cannon exploded showering the stage with pieces of gold, white and black paper strips, while flags from different countries flashed across the backdrop screens.[10][11]


The group performing a remix version of "Spice Up Your Life" at the Air Canada Centre, during the encore.

In late 2007, a fake email was posted by Perez Hilton on his site saying the Spice Girls had cancelled the Buenos Aires date,[14] causing an official statement to be released saying that Buenos Aires and the other world tour dates were being finalized.[15] Due to the expansion of the British and American legs of the tour, it was finally announced on 1 February 2008 that the end of the tour would take place in Toronto, on 26 February 2008, meaning the dates in South America, Asia, Australia, and Africa were cancelled.[16] Many media outlets reported that it was due to Melanie Chisholm and Melanie Brown leaving the group,[17] but this was denied in an official video message.[18] The band suffered media backlash,[19] and fan backlash, with many fans creating Facebook hate groups speculating the official announcement was "indirect" and that "the Spice Girls and their management knew the dates were cancelled even before they added 16 dates at the O2, deciding to announce it near the end of the tour to minimize controversy."[20]

Broadcasts and recordings[edit]

BBC Radio 2 recorded the shows on 15 and 16 December. An hour-long "highlights special" was broadcast on 22 and 31 December 2007, that included eleven of the twenty-two songs performed.[21] It was confirmed on the Spice Girls official website that there will not be a DVD release.[22] The lack of an official DVD released caused negativity.[23] After many e-mails from fans to the management, it was officially announced that no official DVD had been recorded at all. However, Melanie Brown confirmed on her website that footage of the tour was recorded but the quality was poor and they felt it was wrong to release a DVD for local distribution.[23]

Set list[edit]

The following set list is representative of the show on 2 December 2007. It is not representative of all concerts for the duration of the tour.[24]

  1. "Spice Up Your Life"
  2. "Stop"
  3. "Say You'll Be There"
  4. "Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)"
  5. "The Lady Is a Vamp"
  6. "Too Much"
  7. "2 Become 1"
  8. "Who Do You Think You Are"
  9. Interlude: "Like A Virgin" / "Supermodel (You Better Work)" (Victoria Beckham catwalk only)
  10. "Are You Gonna Go My Way" (Mel B solo)
  11. "Maybe" (Emma Bunton solo)
  12. "Viva Forever"
  13. "Holler"
  14. "It's Raining Men" (Geri Halliwell solo)
  15. "I Turn to You" (Melanie C solo)
  16. "Let Love Lead the Way"
  17. "Mama"
  18. Disco medley ( "Celebration" / "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" / "That's the Way (I Like It)" / "We Are Family")
  19. "Goodbye"
  20. "If U Can't Dance"
  21. "Wannabe"
  22. "Spice Up Your Life" (Reprise)

Tour dates[edit]

List of concerts, showing date, city, country, and venue
Date City Country Venue
North America[25]
2 December 2007 Vancouver Canada Rogers Arena
4 December 2007 San Jose United States SAP Center
5 December 2007 Los Angeles Staples Center
7 December 2007
8 December 2007 Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Events Center
9 December 2007
11 December 2007
15 December 2007 London England The O2 Arena
16 December 2007
18 December 2007
20 December 2007 Cologne Germany Lanxess Arena
23 December 2007 Madrid Spain Madrid Arena
2 January 2008 London England The O2 Arena
3 January 2008
4 January 2008
6 January 2008
8 January 2008
9 January 2008
11 January 2008
12 January 2008
13 January 2008
15 January 2008
16 January 2008
18 January 2008
20 January 2008
22 January 2008
23 January 2008 Manchester Manchester Arena
24 January 2008
26 January 2008
North America[25]
30 January 2008 Boston United States TD Garden
31 January 2008 Montreal Canada Bell Centre
3 February 2008 Toronto Air Canada Centre
4 February 2008
6 February 2008 Uniondale United States Nassau Coliseum
7 February 2008
10 February 2008 Newark Prudential Center
11 February 2008
13 February 2008 East Rutherford Izod Center
15 February 2008 Chicago United Center
16 February 2008 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills
18 February 2008 New York City Madison Square Garden
19 February 2008 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center
21 February 2008 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
22 February 2008 Hartford XL Center
24 February 2008 Montreal Canada Bell Centre
25 February 2008 Toronto Air Canada Centre
26 February 2008

Cancelled dates[edit]

List of concerts, showing date, city and country
Date City Country
January 10, 2008 Beijing China
January 12, 2008 Hong Kong
January 17, 2008 Sydney Australia
January 20, 2008 Cape Town South Africa
January 24, 2008 Buenos Aires Argentina


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