Spice Girls kick off world tour in Canada
By Peter Kennedy
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - "Girl Power" returned on Sunday as Britain's Spice Girls kicked off their long-awaited world reunion tour with a more sophisticated look than when they first stormed the pop world in the 1990s.
The quintet -- known by their nicknames Posh, Baby, Sporty Ginger and Scary -- opened their show before a sold-out audience of more than 15,000 people in Vancouver with three of their mega-hits, including "Spice Up Your Life."
"How ya doing?" Melanie "Sporty Spice" Chisholm asked the raucous crowd in the opening set that also included a video images of the group's history.
The celebrities in the audience included soccer star David Beckham, husband of Victoria "Posh" Beckham, and singer Avril Lavigne.
The Vancouver show launched a tour that will wind its way though Canada, the United States and Europe for the next three months, and may be expanded to include concerts in South Africa and South America.
The Spice Girls conquered the music world in the late 1990s, with catchy throw-away songs, teeny-bopper style, and the "girl power" slogan that made them a pop phenomenon to rival the Beatles.
The crowd for the high-energy show that lasted nearly two hours was dominated by teenage girls and women who were teenagers when the group was at its peak.
"It was so good it made me want to cry," said Nicole Bride, 19, from Kenora, Ontario. "It was like being reminded of when you were a little girl dancing in your room." Continued...