The return of the Spice Girls |


The return of the Spice Girls

The return of the Spice Girls -- A heads up on the reunited pop group?s world tour

The Spice Girls have finally confirmed the worst-kept secret in pop music: They really, really are gonna bring ”zig-a-zig-ah” back. Reunion speculation has swirled for years, and on June 28 all five gals gathered to say they’ll regroup for a six-continent, 11-city world tour beginning Dec. 7 in Los Angeles. (Other U.S. dates include Las Vegas on Dec. 8 and New York City on Dec. 11.) Simon Fuller, the 19 Entertainment Svengali who originally managed the group, is overseeing the reunion, which also includes a greatest-hits album (out by year’s end) and a documentary by director Bob Smeaton (The Beatles Anthology) that, according to press materials, will tell their ”definitive” story.

Speaking to reporters at the announcement, the pop stars seemed happy to be rejoining their girl-power posse. Quipped Geri ”Ginger” Halliwell, who defected from the group in 1998, ”Supposing you ever got divorced and you’ve fallen back in love with your ex-husband again.” Victoria ”Posh” Beckham retorted: ”She just appreciates the fact we’ve let her back in.”

Getting to see the Fab Five perform old favorites like their 1997 smash ”Wannabe” won’t be as easy as calling Ticketmaster, though: Fans must register in a lottery on the group’s website just for a chance to buy a ticket. ”This is the fairest way to get everyone inside,” says a Spice rep. ”Demand is coming from [cities] we’re not going to, so we may add some dates.” But will their reunion have legs? ”I honestly don’t know if there’s pent-up demand to see the Spice Girls,” says Gary Bongiovanni, editor of the concert publication Pollstar. ”It’s not like the Police, where their music continues to play on the radio.”

Maybe some new tunes will help: The group is now in the studio recording fresh material. ”Four or five new tracks have been worked on,” says the rep, who quickly adds that the Spice Girls are waiting to see ”if everything’s right” before deciding whether to include the new singles on the greatest-hits compilation. Either way, he says, the tour will allow the Girls and their fans to ”have a bit of nostalgia, have some fun, and then leave it.” For now, at least.