Since the Spice Girls were photographed together at Geri Horner’s (previously Halliwell) house last week, fans of the group have been going into meltdown about what it could all mean.
The media has been endlessly speculating about what the group is planning with rumours of a TV talent show, a show in China and a new greatest hits release all in the works. The latest rumours suggest that the Spice Girls will head back out on the road, 10 years after their last tour, even though Victoria Beckham’s involvement is said to be on the condition that she doesn’t have to sing.
One thing that is looking very unlikely is new music but given how poorly received their last single Headlines (Friendship Never Ends) was and Beckham’s reluctance to sing, that should come as no surprise.
We last saw the fivesome together in 2012 when they performed at the Olympics and wowed the world.
With speculation at a fever pitch, I’ve put together some ideas about what I’d like to see from the latest Spice Girls reunion…
- No new greatest hits compilation. It seems an odd thing for the group to do given they haven’t had any singles since the 2007 release. Surely they can’t just keep releasing the same compilation? If they’re going to do it they need to put rare tracks along with their solo hits on their too.
- Repackages of Spice and SpiceWorld. A lot of material recorded for both of these records has never been released and that’s without mentioning the third album they were recording before Geri left and they scrapped everything. How about special edition versions with additional discs featuring additional material and demos?
- Vinyl reissues of SpiceWorld, Forever and the Greatest Hits. Only Spice has been reissued to date and finding the others, particularly Spiceworld, is incredibly expensive.
- A tour. I’m not sure how much I believe the tabloid rumours but a tour would be hugely successful. They would need to rework the show so it’s not a rehash of The Return of the Spice Girls tour (and ideally they wouldn’t cancel a slew of dates amidst rumours of infighting).
- An engaged effort from all 5 women. For the past couple of years Geri, Melanie B and Emma Bunton have been the keenest to get the Spice Girls back together. With the media reporting a £10 million pay day for each member, it would be nice if they really promoted this reunion and didn’t leave fans feeling like they’re in it for the money.
- Blu-ray releases of their concerts. To this day only the Istanbul concert and a Wembley Stadium one have been released on DVD. The group’s debut tour was filmed (the full show is on YouTube) as was the 1999 Christmas in Spiceworld tour and the 2007-8 The Return of the Spice Girls tour.
- A Blu-ray compendium of their videos. I know the greatest hits release featured a DVD with the videos but there was a fair bit missing. The Comic Relief video for Who Do You Think You Are was missing as was the Move Over video/commercial and the Headlines (Friendship Never Ends) video. It would be nice to see archive footage of the band from the 90s too as lots of it exists.
- Special edition Blu-ray of SpiceWorld: The Movie. The group has missed the film’s 20th anniversary, which would have been the perfect time, but a lot of fans would like a special edition that’s packed with plenty of extras.
- Stay away from a TV show. You’d hope the group would have learned from their disastrous West End venture. Just look at the ratings of Gary Barlow’s recent reality TV attempt and the decline of The X Factor. The format is dead and I don’t want the group to start sullying their legacy.
I’m sure we’re going to hear all about the group’s plans soon and rumours suggest a tour will kick off in the UK this summer. Time will tell…
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