The Spice Girls are back! Officially.
This time, the Pop ensemble have reunited as a quad – without Victoria Beckham, who has decided to sit out their newly announced stadium tour.
Head below, however, to find out why all five members of the group stand to make millions from the mega-venture.
In a quirky reveal video, Mel B, Emma Bunton, Geri Horner, and Mel C spoofed a news bulletin to trumpet their comeback.
The ladies will embark on a stadium run across the UK this summer. Pop star Jess Glynne will be supporting. Tickets go on-sale at the weekend.
Spice Girls Dates
June 1 – Manchester Etihad Stadium
June 3 – Coventry Ricoh Arena
June 6 – Sunderland Stadium of Light
June 8 – Edinburgh BT Murrayfield Stadium
June 10 – Bristol Ashton Gate Stadium
June 15 – London Wembley Stadium
Despite not taking part in the trek, 44-year-old Beckham is still line for a major payday – as, like her bandmates, she has ownership rights in the ‘Spice Girls’ music and branding.
Engineered by the group’s longtime manager Simon Fuller, the tour is in celebration of the band’s 25th anniversary (they were formed in 1994).
It marks their first live concert series in a decade and is their first time performing together since they rocked the 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony in London.
Uniquely, though the ladies have pressed ahead as a four-piece before (after Horner quit in 1998), it’ll be the debut appearance of this particular configuration.
Update: Victoria has released a statement
Today marks a special day for the girls as they announce the first tour dates since we performed together in 2012! I won’t be joining my girls on stage again but being in the Spice Girls was a hugely important part of my life and I wish them so much love and fun as they go back on tour next year. I know they will put on an amazing show and the fantastic fans past and present are going to have a wonderful time! X vb #spicegirls#friendshipneverends
We’re here for it. After all, nostalgia and all that jazz.
One has to wonder though, whether the Victoria component (or lack-there-of) will impact adversely.
Let’s hope for an appearance of “some” sort – whether that be a walk-on-and-wave stint at the first or last show. Something, anything.
Still, even if not, it’s safe to assume this will be one of the hottest tickets going.