’90s kids, keep calm and whip out your Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys memorabilia, the two bands have been rumored to be working out a 2016 tour.
According to reports, the Spice Girls, sans Victoria Beckham, have been discussing what the group can do to celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2016 – touring with the Backstreet Boys has been an idea that’s been bouncing around for a while for the “past year and a half.”
While teaming up with the Backstreet Boys has yet to be confirmed, what we do know is that Melanie C, Emma Bunton and Melanie Brown has voiced out that a reunion is underway and that they may be using the occasion to launch (or re-launch) their solo careers.
Back in the ’90s, the Spice Girls were undoubtedly one of the biggest pop sensations with a string of chart-topping hits, sold out convert venues and even a movie. Nowadays, the Spice Girls are well aware that they do not have the pull that they used to.
Filling up a huge arena nowadays may prove to be a difficult feat on their own, thus the group’s need to partner up with another big act. As mentioned earlier, it’s been mentioned that Victoria Beckham will not be joining the group on-stage, but she will be at one or more of the shows, cheering from the front row.
In 2014, Melanie Brown sat down with Larry King to talk about the events that led up to the Spice Girls officially disbanding in 2014.
Melanie Brown shares that she and Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice) shared leadership in the group and attributed that Geri “actually came up with the name” Spice Girls. They reportedly had a five-year plan for the group, but because of the group’s whirlwind success, their plans got cut short.
“We had a five-year plan that got shortened after three years,” she said. “We were all eventually going to go our own way, anyway … We always knew Victoria was going into fashion, Mel C was always gonna do music, Emma wanted to do radio, and I kind of wanted to do a bit of everything … but it did come early.”
Melanie Brown then reveals that in the middle of touring, Geri had suddenly disappeared. “She left on my birthday, and didn’t tell anybody. She just didn’t show up. We had the rest of the tour, the American part of the tour to continued.”
She goes on to say that even after the band disbanded, she harbored bitterness against her former group mate.
“Like, I saw her a couple weeks ago and I said, ‘Do you remember when you left on my birthday?'” According to Melanie Brown, Geri still talks about the events that transpired, saying that she was under so much pressure, had an eating disorder and just wanted to get away from the pressure.
Be that as it may, here’s to hoping that the Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys Tour materializes. Because when it does, we will most definitely head on over to the arena ready to sing-a-long with our favorite ’90s idols.
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