Latest News | News Archives | Release Dates | Spice Guide | Mailing List

Welcome to the ABSOLUTE SPICE News page, your one stop web site for all the latest news. Our aim to bring all the Spice Girls News first before any other Spice Girl page on the net.

You will find all the latest News which has taken place over the last month on this page. If you would like older news then simply click on "News Archives". You can find all the Spice Girls news since we have been online. Why not take a look at our "Spice Guide" for useful Spice Girls guide information and of course you can find future release information in our "Release Dates" section. If you want to know when we update areas of ABSOLUTE SPICE, including Spice Girls News then join our Mailing List


Latest News

Wednesday 10th June
Spice Girls Team Up with Pavarotti

The newest Spice is ... Luciano Pavarotti? The Ginger-less Spice Girls teamed up Tuesday with the famed tenor for their first performance since announcing their split last week. The charity song-fest, ``Pavarotti and Friends,'' was directed by Spike Lee and co-starred pop performers Celine Dion and Stevie Wonder. Proceeds were to benefit poor children in the West African nation of Liberia. The four Spices and Pavarotti joined forces for the song ``Viva Forever,'' their first performance since the departure of Ginger Spice, Geri Halliwell. The 62-year-old Pavarotti has been making fewer opera appearances in recent years, but his pop career is on the upswing. Tuesday's show in this northern city was broadcast live on Italy's flagship state television station, RAI-1. Also on the program were Vanessa Williams, Natalie Cole, Jon Bon Jovi, Trisha Yearwood and Italian stars Eros Ramazzotti, Zucchero and Pino Daniele. At a news conference, Lee was asked whether the all-girl group would be as good without Ms. Halliwell. "I'm not an expert on the Spice Girls, so I don't know if I can answer that," he answered. The other Spice Girls declined to discussed the split.
ABSOLUTE SPICE

Wednesday 10th June
Spice Girls say goodbye Ginger, hello U.S.A.

The dust is starting to settle following Geri "Ginger Spice" Halliwell's unexpected departure from the phenomenally successful pop group, a schism brought on by "differences between us," according to her statement, and a power struggle between Halliwell and Melanie "Scary Spice" Brown, according to the hot rumours. The appropriate statements have been made -- "We are sorry to all our fans for having to go through all this," the Spice Girls said -- and the impact has been measured. The Spice Girls losing one of its flavours was fodder for several days of front-page news and for a 1.9 percent drop in the stock of its record company, EMI. That's what happens when a multimillion-dollar international entity loses a key division -- and a brassy one at that, one that doesn't mind posing nude or pinching the rear end of the heir to the British throne, and who's also been portrayed as the strongest Spice in the package. So now what? Now it's back to business, the remaining Spices say. The Spice Girls are embarking on their first-ever North American concert tour, an outing that had high stakes even before Halliwell left the fold. Thanks to massive ticket demand and instant sell-outs, the Spice Girls seem poised to silence skeptics in a country that always has been ambivalent toward manufactured, teen-idol pop groups and has more than a few residents who would love to see the appeal of the group -- brought together by a 1993 talent-search ad in Great Britain -- begin to wane. Halliwell's departure raises other questions about the group's very survival. But as far as the Spice Girls are concerned, they've spent their entire career -- since the 1996 release of their smash debut album "Spice" -- battling doubts about their artistic ability and the genuineness of their "Girl Power" philosophy. To them, losing a member is an opportunity to prove to the world, as their statement defiantly declares, "The Spice Girls are here to stay." "We don't want to try and shove any messages and say, "Hey, like us," explains Emma "Baby Spice" Bunton, 21. "We enjoy every minute, and our fans seem to enjoy it, so that's the most important thing to us." Adds Melanie "Sporty Spice" Chisolm, 22, "I think the whole thing with us and the whole way we've perceived the media and deal with it is we just let them get on with it, really, and it all goes over our heads. To us, the only opinions that really count are the ones that reach others and our families and our fans and people who are close to it." Beyond the tour, however, is a mystery. Surely a great deal is at stake; during the past 2 1/2 years, the Spice Girls have sold more than 31 million albums worldwide, and their movie, "Spice World," has grossed $80 million. A new line of Spice dolls -- Ginger included -- was doing Beanie Baby-style business when they began appearing on store shelves. And each member of the group is estimated to have a personal fortune of nearly $30 million. That's quite a bit to lose, and it remains to be seen if one member's absence can torpedo the group. It was Halliwell, responding to fan mail questions in Britain's Q magazine, who predicted that if one member left, "I don't think we could carry on. It wouldn't be the same." But while she pursues her new path, which is said to include some possible TV roles in Britain, her former cohorts are out to prove her wrong. They're moving forward with plans for their third album and reportedly have trashed tapes of Halliwell's performances. Meanwhile, the Spices are predicting changes and surprises for the next record -- including some different styles and songwriting collaborations, though they demure on specifics. "Obviously, as individuals, there's things we want to do as well," reports Victoria "Posh Spice" Adams, 23, who's engaged to be married to soccer star David Beckham next summer. "So there's going to be a couple of solos on there, a couple of duets on there ... and obviously there's going to be lots of tracks we're all singing on." Chisolm -- who's generally regarded as having the best voice of the Spice Girls -- echoes those details and goes a step further, saying the group members may even extend their ambitions to full-fledged solo projects. "Were so happy together as a band, but there are other things we want to do," she says. "There could be a Spice Girls album out at the same time as a solo album by me or Emma or Melanie or whoever." First, however, the Spices have to conquer the United States, where the first murmurs of skepticism were heard after the comparatively weak showing of the "Spice World" album in comparison to the debut, "Spice," and the middling box office receipts for the "Spice World" film. Despite strong concert ticket sales, some in the music industry feel the group was hurt by its lack of a strong physical presence to help pump its product in America. Until now, the Spice Girls' U.S. experience has been limited to brief promotional appearances in a handful of major cities. The Spice party line on that: it's a big world, and you Americans just had to wait your turn. "Basically, we've been very, very busy 'round the rest of the world," Adams says. "We've sectioned it off so we can give each country the respect it deserves and the time it deserves as well. "We wanted to concentrate on America, performing there, when we could afford to spend a lot of time there so we can give it 110 percent," she says. Adds Chisolm: "It's such an exciting place. Being a child growing up in England, everything on TV, and you go to the cinema, and everything's America. It's all very intriguing, and to be able to actually go over there and do our thing, it's very exciting." There are other happy occasions ahead as well, including Adams' nuptials (Brown also is engaged, to Jimmy Gulzer, a dancer in the Spice Girls's show), for which the other Spices are lobbying for positions in the wedding party. "Hopefully we're all going to be bridesmaids," Bunton says, "but we'll have to wait and see." But, Chisolm reports, Adams "doesn't want us to be bridesmaid because she's frightened we're all going to turn up looking a complete state ... wearing these hideous dresses just to ruin the whole day. We wouldn't, really." Will they sing at their fellow Spice's wedding? "I think we'll all be too drunk," Chisolm says, though Bunton counters that Adams will "probably want someone a bit bigger. She'll probably get Michael Jackson."
ABSOLUTE SPICE

Tuesday 9th June
Spice Girls in Modena

New-look Spice Girls bounce into post-Ginger era MODENA, Italy - The Spice Girls held hands, bantered with the press and put on a "business as usual" face Monday -- as if Ginger Spice had never existed. In their first appearance as the new-look foursome following the departure of Geri "Ginger Spice" Halliwell, the remaining members of the group insisted that "Spice Power" would last forever. Halliwell, the feisty redhead who fronted the group, confirmed in a statement issued May 31 that she had left the band, citing "differences between us." Her former cohorts were tight-lipped Monday about Halliwell's exit, which has left many wondering if the British pop sensation can last, and reporters were banned from asking questions about the erstwhile Ginger Spice. Baby, Sporty, Scary and Posh Spice are scheduled to perform Tuesday at a charity concert with superstar opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti in the northern Italian town of Modena. "We're just so excited about the future! Girl Power will go on forever," the foursome chimed at a news conference during rehearsals for the show, to raise funds for young victims of Liberia's civil war. But music critics are not so sure. The four have a grueling 40-date tour of the United States ahead of them, and many expect them to go their separate ways afterward. But the girls, who have been hailed as Britain's biggest pop phenomenon since the Beatles, were keen to stress that four is still fab. "We're currently working on our third album," said Victoria Adams, aka Posh Spice. Halliwell, seen as the brains behind Britain's all-femaleband, quit after a vicious row erupted in Helsinki. The self-proclaimed leader of the group that has sold 30 million albums was its most extroverted member and was behind such publicity stunts as kissing Prince Charles and bantering with South African President Nelson Mandela. But other artists rehearsing at the "Pavarotti and friends" concert were rather baffled by all the fuss. "I'm not missing Geri," said Italian singer Zucchero. American film director Spike Lee, who is lending his talents to the charity show by directing a film and video for the event, had to be reminded how many members were in the group. Pavarotti was reported to have begged Halliwell to set aside her differences with the other Spice Girls and perform at his concert, but for "legal and geographical reasons" she declined. Halliwell, who was reported to be considering a career in television or film, arrived in Los Angeles on a British Airways jet Sunday night but declined to answer reporters' questions. The remaining four Spice Girls said they were delighted to be performing with "Pav," as they called the portly opera star. Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder and Jon Bon Jovi are among other artists performing at the event.
ABSOLUTE SPICE

Monday 8th June
Spice-o-Cide hotline

The Spice Girls have started a flood of calls to suicide hotlines after the news that Ginger Spice has left the group. Suicide telephone companies around the world have had to take on extra staff since the news of Ginger's departure broke on Sunday. Many young teenage girls are apparently feeling suicidal about their favourite Spice Girl leaving the group. In America millions of young girls besieged suicide hotlines on Monday claiming that they too were feeling suicidal because Ginger would no longer be with the group on their summer American tour. One employee for a US teen suicide helpline company reports: "We are worked that many young girls will feel despondent about Ginger leaving the group and we have taken on extra people to man the phones to cope with the number of distraught teenagers that have been in contact with us. We hope that nobody feels that this is enough to make them give up on life, but teenagers can become obsessed with pop idols and to many young girls Ginger leaving the group is the beginning of the end of the Spice Girls and they just can't face that. Things should get back to normal in a few weeks, but in the meantime suicide hotlines around the world are dealing with the brunt of this news 24 hours a day."
ABSOLUTE SPICE

Sunday 7th June
Stop aims for top spot in Australia

The whole world was stunned almost a week ago by the shock announcement that Geri "Ginger Spice", from the highly successful UK group, The Spice Girls, would no longer be part of the group.  Over 40 sell-out U.S. concerts would be performed without her, and rumors began flying over what made her leave.  Sick of being a Spice Girl for 24 hours a day and a major power struggle with Mel B "Scary Spice" were two of many speculations.  With an estimated worth of over 30 million dollars, money will be no hinderance to Geri as she now pursues a solo career.  In the meantime, the Spice Girls' latest hit, "Stop", turns out now to be the highest charting single from their "Spiceworld" album, eclipsing the number 8 peak of "Spice Up Your Life" and the number 9 success of the ballad "Too Much", as it bullets into the top 5 this week.  While they've enjoyed six number one singles and one number two single in the UK, their only Australian chart-topper was their debut release, "Wannabe". "Stop" may challenge this record as it now becomes the third highest charting single of all their releases in Australia.
ABSOLUTE SPICE

Thursday 4th June
Lie back and think of England

POSH SPICE is doing what England expects: lying back and thinking of David Beckham.He is just days away from playing against Tunisia but looks on top of the world as he holidays with his fiancee. Becks, 24, is helping Posh, 23, come to terms with being shafted by Ginger Spice AND try to prepare for the Spice Girls' US tour as a foursome. These three peaceful days are the last precious hours the pair will spend together for weeks. And Becks, who dined in a trendy 120 silk sarong given to him by Posh, made sure he made the most of every second. The lovebirds have been spending long, happy hours, side-by-side on sunloungers soaking up the sun. And at night they have strolled, hand-in-hand, just like any other couple, to dine at nearby restaurants. Sir Elton John offered his mansion near Nice to the Spice Girls to help them unwind after Geri's decision to quit. Essex-born David, who became friendly with the rocker after meeting him at a Versace fashion show two years ago, flew over to re-kindle the flames of passion with Posh. On Friday he will join the rest of the England squad at Burnham Beeches and Victoria will join Mel B, Mel C and Emma in Dublin putting down tracks for their third album. Meanwhile, legendary tenor Pavarotti failed to achieve the impossible and reunite Geri with the other Spice Girls for a charity concert in Italy. The remaining four will keep their promise made before Geri quit to sing with the opera star Pavarotti next Tuesday. They will take part in the fourth of his famous Modena concerts for War Child, alongside Celine Dion, Jon Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder and other stars. Geri's spokesman said yesterday "It is geographically impossible and legally impossible for her to be there." Pavarotti will now sing her part.
ABSOLUTE SPICE,
(Source: Daily Mirror)

Thursday 4th June
Geri in talks with BBC

The former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell has been talking to the BBC about a possible television presenting role. Discussions are said to be at a formative stage and, as yet, there is no sign what direction a TV role might take for the ex-pop star. A spokeswoman for the corporation confirmed that talks had taken place since Geri - known as Ginger Spice - left the group last week. "The channels are open but there is nothing concrete," said the spokeswoman. "The BBC is always on the lookout for top talent, if Geri was interested in doing something," she added. The news came as it was revealed that a heart-felt plea from the celebrated opera singer, Luciano Pavarotti, had failed to reunite Geri with her former band members for a one-off charity concert. The remaining girls will keep their promise to sing with the Italian tenor during a star-studded show on Tuesday. Celine Dion, Jon Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder are among the other big names booked for the concert, in aid of the War Child charity. There has been much speculation that Geri's next career move would be as a TV presenter. Before joining the Spice Girls she worked as a game-show hostess on Turkish television. Some reports suggested she had been talking to TV executives before making the split, with an eye to organising a back-up career. The BBC spokeswoman said there had been no specific role mentioned for Geri and the discussions had been simply about her plans. Meanwhile, the New York Post reports that one of the producers of the Broadway show "The Life," a musical about the pimps and prostitutes who inhabited New York's Times Square before its recent clean-up (wags call the show "Orgy and Bess"), is racing across the Atlantic to offer Halliwell a leading role in the soon-to-open London production.
ABSOLUTE SPICE,
(Source: BBC 24 Hours, People Online)

Wednesday 3rd June
Spice Girls continue work on the new album

The Spice Girls are putting their troubles behind them and have again concentrated on producing work for their next album. Publicists for the group said Sporty Spice Mel C has gone to Dublin over the last few days to record vocals for the band's as yet untitled third Album during a break in their touring schedule. The rest of the group - minus Geri Halliwell, are due to record their contributions to the tracks in the near future after the return from Elton Johns villa in the south of France. However it is unlikly that Geri will feature on the new album at all instead the other girls will sing any planned lyrics for Geri themselves.
ABSOLUTE SPICE

Tuesday 2nd June
Spooky pals told Ginger to quit

SPICED-OUT Geri Halliwell became obsessed with the paranormal as she battled to decide what she really, really wanted to do with her life. Mixed-up Ginger sought guidance from psychics and stargazers but was taunted over it by the other Spice Girls. A source close to the pop babes revealed she even used a clairvoyant to ask her DEAD dad for advice. Geri plotted her departure for almost two months, consulting Chris Evans, PR guru Matthew Freud and lawyers, as well as her paranormal pals, before making the final decision to quit, the insider said.
Her on-off relationship with Spice dancer Christian Horsfall added to the pressures. But it was her obsession with the supernatural that drove the final wedge between her and the other girls  especially Scary Spice. No-nonsense Mel B taunted Geri about her "spooky" obsession and told her to get her act together. "Mel was always on Geri's case, saying some really cruel things," said the insider. "In the past, Geri would have sniped back but she just got more and more depressed." Stressed-out Geri became more emotional and tearful. She also broke the Girl Power deal by doing solo interviews and promoting herself, rather than the group. The source said: "Geri quitting  wasn't a snap decision  it has been building up for some time. The   rest of the girls feared she was cracking up and reckoned her ego was out of hand. "They had no idea she was planning her future. Geri couldn't discuss this with anyone connected to the   group. So she started seeing astrologers, psychics and others. "She's also been seeking advice through a clairvoyant from her dad, Laurence, who died nearly five years ago. "The rest of the girls thought she'd gone cranky, but she was just trying to decide what to do." Geri finally got the courage to quit after a lunch with Chris Evans. On Wednesday, she had her last bust-up with Mel B, Mel C, Emma and Victoria and made the break. She fled to Paris, but is now believed to have sneaked into Britain. "Geri couldn't have left at a worse time," said the insider. "The girls were set to make millions each from their American tour. "Now they've got to soldier on as a four-piece and could be sued for a fortune if the shows flops."

ABSOLUTE SPICE

Tuesday 2nd June
Ginger's Going Spices Up Doll Sales

Geri Halliwell's departure from the Spice Girls might have broken youngsters' hearts but the makers of dolls featuring the pop group believes it will boost sales of its products. Chairman of Character Group, Richard King, said the company had received "substantial re-orders" for its Spice Girls world tour dolls from shops since the split became official. And the Ginger Spice doll is as popular as ever. He said: "Geri could become popular for fans who want to be reminded of the original five."
ABSOLUTE SPICE

Tuesday 2nd June
Toronto's Mayor writes letter to Geri

TORONTO (CP) -- The 65-year-old mayor of Toronto, sounding like 12-year-old fans everywhere, is urging Ginger Spice to make up with the rest of the Spice Girls. Mel Lastman sent a letter Monday to Geri (Ginger Spice) Halliwell, begging the redheaded chanteuse to reconsider her decision to leave the British pop group. "I have read that your separation from the group is the result of 'differences' you have had with the other girls," Mel Lastman wrote in a letter addressed to Halliwell, misspelling her name "Gerri." "Please get over your differences and make your appearance in Toronto with the rest of the band members. I know you can work things out to make an appearance in Toronto." The outspoken mayor of Canada's largest city says he wants to see all five Spice Girls when the pop group plays a concert in the city July 11.  He bought tickets to the concert for two of his grandchildren.  Despite Halliwell's departure, the three-city tour in Canada will continue as scheduled, said promoters Universal Concerts, with the group performing as a quartet. "We've been given every indication that the show is happening," said Paul Corcoran, the general manager with Universal in charge of the Toronto stadium where the Spice Girls are scheduled to perform.  But the assurances didn't seem to appease Lastman, whose letterhead features a cartoon sketch of the curly headed mayor tap dancing and singing above the maxim There's No Business Like Show Business.  He reminds Halliwell of the cancelled Spice Girls visit to Toronto to promote their movie Spice World.  "Many of your fans were devastated when you cancelled your appearance. I know the only bright part of the day was your promise to return during the world tour.  "Now thousands of your fans, especially the youngest ones, have had their hearts broken again." Lastman closes with an admonishment urging Halliwell to keep her promises. "You made a commitment to your fans in Toronto to perform in July.  People deserve it and I hope you will live up to your word."
ABSOLUTE SPICE

Tuesday 2nd June
Spice Girls in Crisis talks

The Spice Girls are locked in crisis talks over the group's future at Sir Elton John's luxury villa in the South of France. Emma, Victoria, Mel C and Mel B flew to Nice after Sir Elton, 51, persuaded them they needed to "get away from it all". Meanwhile, Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell - whose decision to quit the group was officially announced on Sunday - is still in hiding. The four Spice Girls, who have vowed to continue with a US tour starting in two weeks, are relaxing at Sir Elton's 3.5 million pink mansion. The superstar, who is in Britain preparing for sell-out concerts at Wembley, has laid on nine staff to look after them. The secluded villa, set high on a hill with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean, boasts a swimming pool for them to enjoy. The singer struck up a friendship with the group last year when they sang on the television show An Audience With Elton John.
ABSOLUTE SPICE

Monday 1st June
Lawyers ready to battle it out over band of gold

PACKS of lawyers are now battling to solve the mystery of just who owns the Spice Girls' goldmine. The big question is whether Geri can still get a cut of band earnings which are more than 50million a year. The girls have personal fortunes of almost 18million each. At the launch of the Spiceworld movie in Istanbul, Mel B said: "It's not about making money. We want to spread the message of Girl Power." But it most definitely IS about the money now. After ditching their manager, Simon Fuller, the girls set up individual companies - Firecracker, now Geri Productions Ltd (Ginger), Fijou (Baby), Moody (Posh), Money Spider (Scary) and Red Girl (Sporty). They are paid via a holding company, Spice Girls Ltd, which owns the right to the band's name. In theory, it means Geri is forever entitled to a share of any money the band makes in the future. That could come to a cool 6million in the next few months alone, as they begin their US tour. But lawyers for Geri and the others are likely to strike a deal whereby she will forfeit her share of the cash from touring if the band promise not to sue her for the millions they might lose from her shock exit. Amid rumours of her splitting, EMI - who ultimately own the band's name - saw their share price drop by 4.5per cent to 518p. The City will be watching as the full effect of Geri's departure becomes apparent this week. And it may not just be legions of young fans shedding a tear. The split will worry a host of companies with product endorsements. Pepsi, Walkers, Polaroid, ASDA and Chupa Chups lollipops bought into the Spice Girls for 5million. But Geri can still expect a cash bonanza for years to come. All five girls are registered co-writers for their three biggest singles, Wannabe, 2 Become 1 and Say You'll Be There. Last year, Virgin paid them 10.7million in song-writing royalties for just those three hits, on top of 28.6million for royalties on world-wide album and single sales. They are now officially one of Britain's biggest exports, earning in excess of 200 million for the UK record industry. But Geri was definitely out of the spotlight when the wheeling and dealing over her future was underway over the past few days. Her departure was orchestrated by lawyer Julian Turton who has been trying to safeguard her future income and protect against law suits for damaging the Spice Girls brand image by walking out. The most marketed band in history make 103-a-minute for the brand name and are listed as the 32nd richest entertainers in the world by Forbes magazine. If the four sing on without Geri, merchandisers will rush out more products to cash in on the possible twilight of the Spice Phenomenon.
ABSOLUTE SPICE

Monday 1st June
Mel B and Victoria parents speak out on Spice Girls Split

Geri Halliwell finally quit the Spice Girls yesterday - but told her fans: "I'll be back". Ginger Spice is already planning her future career - probably in television. The four remaining band members will continue with their 40-date American tour and their Wembley Stadium gigs. The split came after mounting rumours of clashing egos within the all-girl group since sacking their manager Simon Fuller late last year. The official end to the band, who have had six straight UK number one hit singles in a meteoric career, came yesterday afternoon. Media lawyer Julian Turton read a statement from Geri at London. It read: "This is a message to the fans. Sadly I would like to confirm that I have left the Spice Girls. "This is because of differences between us. I'm sure the group will continue to be successful and I wish them all the best. "I have no immediate plans. I wish to apologise to all the fans and to thank them." Geri stands to lose 5million in band earnings - and could be sued by the Stateside promoters if they feel the US tour has been undermined by her walk-out. But she has a new PR adviser Matthew Freud, who also works for Ginger > Media Group chief Chris Evans. Geri discussed her plans to leave the group, the biggest British pop phenomenon since The Beatles, with Evans at his home two weeks ago. It is understood they mapped out several career options - and singing was not one of them. One television executive said: "Geri wants to go solo - but that doesn't mean singing. "She has always said she is a jack-of-all-trades and now that she has money in the bank and a famous face she wants to spread her wings. "Geri really only wants to do interviews. She's exhausted with all the touring - it isn't really her. "At the moment she just wants to get out - but a telly career or managing other bands and passing on the Girl Power ethic is the future Geri will want to develop." Last night, Geri was still in hiding on the Continent after refusing to perform with the rest of the group on last Wednesday's National Lottery show and the last two concerts of their European tour in Oslo. Meanwhile, the spokesman for the other four Spices, Alan Edwards, gave a short statement: "The Spice Girls are here to stay - see you at the stadiums. "We are sorry to all our fans for having to go through all of this." The statement ended: "Friendship never ends" - a line from their 1996 debut hit Wannabe. Edwards added that the American tour, due to start on June 15 in Miami, would go ahead. The Spice Girls are also due to appear on June 9 in Medina, Italy, for a charity concert with Luciano Pavarotti for War Child. The band has always thrived on maximum publicity - and true to form kept the world's media waiting for 30 minutes before delivering their two sides of the story. The announcements ended a weekend of intense speculation when the only official comment about Geri's disappearance was that she had "gastro-enteritis". But what slowly emerged was that the five friends had argued in the worst row they'd ever had. Geri was very hurt by how her old pals had turned on her. The arguments began in Helsinki and carried on at the airport lounge and on the plane until they landed back in Britain - three hours later. At Heathrow, Geri stomped off- but the band expected her to be back for the National Lottery show. She didn't show up and before the show phoned them up on a mobile saying she would never sing with them again. The band's publicity machine went into overdrive to cover up the split - and it may have worked if it had been anyone else in the group. But the world knew that Geri, the spirit of Girl Power and the Spice Girl who desperately wanted fame, wouldn't skip a gig for a tummy bug. The four remaining Spice Girls then soldiered on without her in the Norway gigs. Now the question is how long the Spice Girls can continue as a viable group without Geri Halliwell. The father of Scary Spice, Mel Brown, hinted the long-term future of the band may still be in doubt. Dennis Brown said it remained to be seen what would happen after the band's American tour. Speaking at the family's semi-detached home in Burley, Leeds, he said: "They will be going ahead with the American tour, which takes them into August - after that we'll have to wait and see. "Mel is still a member of the Spice Girls and will be for the foreseeable future. "I am happy that she is carrying on with the group - that is her job." And Tony Adams, Victoria's dad, talked about the "awful strain" that a gruelling tour schedule had put on the Spice Girls prior to their split. He said: "They have all been working very long hours. "They have 42 concerts coming up in America and Canada, but knowing the girls I'm sure they'll go a head with them all." Posh's mum Jackie added: "I've spoken to Victoria and she is very sad. But there will still be a Spice Girls, won't there? They'll still go on. They are the hardest working group around." Geri was never one to boast of her singing and dancing abilities - and some reports over the weekend suggested it was Mel B's constant sniping about her two left feet which made her leave. What Geri has is a feisty personality which let her pat Prince Charles' bottom and flirt with Nelson Mandela. She was also said to be the main influence behind the sacking of Simon Fuller. The first rumblings that she was leaving began when she met Virgin Radio and Ginger Media Group boss Chris Evans. She already had a taste of life on the small screen as a Turkish game show hostess and loves interviewing fellow stars. A spokesman for the group's label, Virgin Records, said: "We're not in touch with any of the band just now." The band's spokesman Alan Edwards insisted: "There will be another album and everything else. "Spice will live for many years to come." What he still wasn't sure about yesterday was whether Geri will make one final appearance with the rest of the group. But for the band's young fans, the real question today is whether the Spice Girl's rift can ever be healed - or, like Take That before them, the split is for good.
ABSOLUTE SPICE

Monday 1st June
Was Spice Girls Split On The Cards?

As the long-term future of the Spice Girls' music empire is left in question after Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell's recent departure, the group's lawyers and mangers are in the process of carving up the financial half of the SpiceWorld, which appeared to be strained in the weeks leading up to the break. Sunday's split only confirmed suspicions which had been mounting all week, both before and after Halliwell's no-show on a British lottery TV show. "The Sun" and other press sources reported that there had been a "blazing row" and described the girls as having an airport "tiff" followed by "sniping" on the plane and "flouncing off" after landing. Stories circulated that Halliwell was conferring with TV and movie agents followed by reports that she was retaining her own PR person and legal counsel. When she failed to appear with the band Wednesday in London, and Thursday and Friday for concerts in Norway, "The Daily Mirror" reported that Halliwell had walked out on the band and had left the country for an undisclosed location. Spokespeople for the group, however, steadfastly claimed that Halliwell's absence was due to exhaustion and a stomach ache, and denied reports of a split. Rumors of dissension had been dogging the Spice Girls since they fired manager Simon Fuller last September and began handling their own careers. Halliwell appeared to be at the helm, although the girls later told a TV audience (unconvincingly) that Posh Spice Victoria Adams had been the ringleader leading up to the decision to fire Fuller. The lawyers are currently hammering out the financial details of the pop music divorce. "The Mirror" reports that the girls own equal shares in Spice Girls Ltd, which owns the right to the band's name and image, and all five share songwriting credits on their major hits. According to the paper, The Spice Girls made $88 million US last year, Fuller was paid $25 million and the band split the rest to give them total personal fortunes of close to $30 million each. Their pending 40-city tour is expected to pull in another $10 million.
ABSOLUTE SPICE

Sunday 31th May
STOP PRESS - Geri is to leave the Spice Girls

As we first reported before any Spice Girl site on Thursday this week, Geri is to leave the Spice Girls, the news was finally announced this afternoon by Julian Turton, Geri's Lawyer that this was to be the case. He said: "Geri Halliwell has left the Spice Girls because of "differences" with the other four members of the group but Geri wants to say to the fans: "I'll be back." In the statement read - Ginger Spice - wished the remaining four girls success for the future and was sorry about her decision to leave especially to the fans. Bookmakers have slashed the odds of Geri achieving a solo Christmas number one from 100-1 to 33-1. The four remaining Spice Girls were "upset and saddened" but will carry on and fulfil their commitments including the forthcoming American tour, their spokesman Alan Edwards said.
CLICK HERE TO HEAR THE STATEMENT - Real Player 5 Required
ABSOLUTE SPICE

Sunday 31th May
GINGER FACES 5M BILL FOR SPICE SPLIT

SPICE Girl Geri Halliwell's decision to quit the band halfway through their world tour could cost her as much as 5million. According to music industry experts, that's the figure Ginger Spice could have made from ticket sales, merchandising and sponsorship deals if she hadn't left on Wednesday claiming nervous exhaustion. She could be even more out of pocket if promoters of the 40-date US leg of the Spiceworld tour pull out having already sold a million tickets. That could lead to the band being sued and Geri being drawn into a legal wrangle with her fellow group members who may blame her for any possible loss of earnings. Last night promoters were insisting they would wait for confirmation of a split. That is likely to come today after a meeting in London between the girls, their financial team and their media adviser Alan Edwards. A spokesman at his office said that handling the Spice Girls was becoming 'a nightmare job'. He added: "With all the interested parties vying for control tension is inevitable, but I really believe this one can be resolved." The current unrest emerged on Wednesday when Geri failed to turn up for the girls' appearance on the National Lottery. It was later reported that she had walked out on the band and had vowed "never to sing with them again".One music biz insider, who worked with Take That when Robbie Williams left in similar circumstances three years ago, says that leaving a huge group like the Spice Girls is a bit like a divorce. "Take That's legal problems are still going on now. Geri needs to sit down and really consider what she might be letting herself in for," he said. The Spice Girls seemed to have ridden the storm which erupted after they sacked manager Simon Fuller last November. But insiders claim unrest has been brewing ever since Fuller went. One said last night: "There were a lot of rows on the tour and the well-oiled machine seemed to be breaking down daily. "They all knew they would split eventually. But the other girls desperately wanted their Wembley Stadium gigs in September to be the pinnacle of their career. What better stage could there be for the band to go out on top?" Now, with Geri's walkout, it looks like Girl Power will go out with a fizz rather than a bang.
ABSOLUTE SPICE

Sunday 31th May
SPICY SEX JIBES WERE THE FINAL STRAW FOR GERI

AN amazing row between Geri Halliwell and her mum over sex before marriage triggered her decision to quit the Spice Girls, it was revealed last night. Geri turned to the rest of the band for a shoulder to cry on after the bust-up - and was shocked when the other girls simply laughed and taunted her. Ginger Spice decided it was the last straw and she had to quit. Geri, 25, clashed with her mum Anna-Marie over the sexy singer's plans to live with her new love, dancer Christian Horsfall. Anna, a deeply-religious Jehovah's Witness, was furious and told Geri that sex before marriage was "morally wrong in the eyes of God". The bust-up three weeks ago was too much for the exhausted singer - already under pressure trying to combine the band's gruelling schedule with her role as unofficial manager. She got no sympathy from the rest of the girls who thought it was bizarre that one of the world's sexiest singers should be lectured by her mum on morals. After failing to turn up for the band's appearance on BBC's Midweek Lottery Live on Wednesday, Geri phoned each of the Spice Girls to say she was quitting. Ginger Spice called them one by one on their mobile phones and wept as she said: "I'm sorry, it's all over. I've had enough. I'm out of here."The bombshell message was short and sweet and ended one of pop's most successful partnerships. Geri refused to give her friends a reason for her shock exit from the supergroup. But a friend revealed that the row with her cleaner mum over plans for Christian to move into her mansion at Berkhamstead, Herts, sent her over the edge. The friend said: "Geri was shocked that at the age of 25 she had to listen to her mum rant and rave about how wrong it was to have sex out of marriage. "This is a sexy young girl who has traded on her raunchy image to reach the top of the pop world. "And she's never made any secret of her affairs and how important a healthy sex life is to her, even if she did stop short of going into details with her mum. "Anna lives with her boyfriend but told Geri that they don't sleep together because they're not married. She adopted this strict line on sex with Geri's two sisters and brother as well but it was Geri who really blew her top about it. "Despite rumours to the contrary, Geri is still in love with Christian and told her family she wants him to move into her new home. "But Anna went beserk and said, 'Don't you know this is wrong? I haven't brought you up to behave like this'. "Things then got really nasty between them and Geri launched into her mum accusing her of being a hypocrite. " Ambitious Geri took control of the Spice Girls when they sacked manager Simon Fuller last friend. The friend said she was finding the extra responsibility hard to handle. "Geri's nerves were frazzled because she was finding it hard to cope. "The band work hard enough as it and on top of that she had the extra pressure ofbeing the virtual manager. To be lectured by her mum was just the last straw really. "She stormed out of Anna's house and hasn't spoken to her since. It's as if that row made her think, 'What the hell. It's my life and I'll do what I want'. Then of course she quit the group." Mel B, Victoria, Mel C and Emma were left reeling by her decision. Afterwards they convened an emergency meeting and remained at the BBC after the Lottery show to untangle the legal nightmare they face. All five share the same lawyers and are entitled to an equal share of the profits. Yesterday Geri was in hiding as her lawyers were locked in a meeting with the band's lawyers trying to hammer out the group's future. The Spice Girls divided their business interests into separate companies after sacking Fuller. Geri's was called Firecracker Productions, named after her sister Karen's dress company. But three weeks ago she changed the name of the business to Geri Productions in preparation for launching her solo career. The Spice Girls are now taking a week off at the end of the European leg of the Spiceworld tour. But all four remaining girls have vowed the band WILL continue - and they will go ahead with their upcoming tour of the US. One member of their production team said: "Geri is very much part of the brains behind the group but in fact she is easily the least competent musically." Geri has been credited as the driving force behing the Spice Girls since Fuller was sacked. A source revealed: "Geri decided not to go on the lottery show and when the girls were backstage afterwards, they all got a call from her. They were stunned." Yesterday Anna-Marie refused to comment on her daughter as she left her detached home near Watford, Herts, with her boyfriend.
ABSOLUTE SPICE

Saturday 30th May
Its over for Geri

After we exclusively revealed early this morning before any other Spice Girl web site that Geri has confirmed she is to leave the other Spice Girls and go her own way, we have dug even deeper all day to find out more news. We can exclusively reveal Ginger Spice, 25, has hired a legal team for her split from the world's top pop band. A source said last night "The situation looks terminal. Geri has told the Spice Girls she does not want to sing with them again. She's had enough and wants out. Geri won't talk to them in person. Lawyers are handling everything." Geri has recruited Turton of top London firm Simkins to represent her. The bombshell was revealed as Mel B, Mel C, Victoria and Emma took to the stage without Geri for a second night running. The feisty redhead was still in hiding after refusing to join the others in Oslo, Norway. Last night she was at a secret bolthole on the continent. Lawyer Turton, who has already informed the others Geri wants to quit, was travelling to meet her. The source said: "Geri effectively sacked the group's lawyer and has appointed her own man. "It would be terrible if one of the greatest pop stories ended in this way." The remaining Spice Girls have vowed to carry on as a foursome if Geri does not return for the US leg of their Spice World Tour. But their lawyer Andrew Thompson and Virgin Records are battling to change Geri's mind. Last night a spokesman for the group continued to blame Geri's absence on a stomach bug. He said: " All I know is Geri is not well." Geri may decide NOT to launch a solo career - but to stay behind the scenes of her own production company. The source said; "right now she doesn't even want to think about singing. "She has not been well for a while but that's not the reason she has quit. "There have been tensions and problems within the group for some time. "Basically she feels she should be allowed to be her own person and to promote her own causes - like breast cancer." Geri was delighted with the positive response after she revealed her own cancer scare. Geri fled abroad after a blazing row with her fellow Spices when she refused to join them on BBC1's National Lottery show. She also wanted to film a TV interview about her cancer scare. That angered the other girls. Geri reacted by refusing to perform the final two dates of the European leg of their World Tour.
ABSOLUTE SPICE

Saturday 30th May
Geri confirms that she will leave

"I will never work with the Spice Girls again", the last words to have been spoken by Geri Halliwell as she confirms that she is indeed to split from the rest of the group. Geri Halliwell, Ginger Spice has asked her lawyer to make it official to the other Spice Girl that she will leave the group. However the former Take That manager having heard this news said: " 6 months ago they said the Spice Girls would split when they fired the manager, now they say the Spice Girls will break up because Geri is leaving. Girl Power will continue without Geri and so will the Spice Girls. However it does start to ask the question why this has all come about. This straight out of the blue event seemed to start when it was revealed that Geri had a Breast Cancer scare at 18. Maybe this should have not been brought to light, who knows? Send us your views to our Back Chat team. We want to hear.
ABSOLUTE SPICE

Friday 29th May
5 become 4

THE Spice Girls were reeling last night at the threat of the Feisty Five cut to the Fab Four. As the mystery deepened over missing Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell, the rest of the girls were said to be "in the dark" about her plans. A source close to the band - whose hits include 2 Become 1 and Wannabe - confirmed: "They feel she seems to want to go off and do her own thing where as they like to do everything together" And an official spokesman said "The girls are obviously shocked by what has happened. "They are not sure yet how serious the situation is with Geri. "They very much hope they can sort out any problems - but are well aware that it is a critical time." Pop insiders have tipped headstrong Geri, 25 - Girl Power's biggest fan - or favourite among the Spice Girls to carve a solo career. She was thrust into the role of unofficial leader of the band last November when the girls sensationally sacked the man who had catapulted them to fame. Geri was the prime mover in the decision to ditch manager Simon Fuller. As the other girls wept, Geri coolly announced: "The girls have made the ultimate Girl Power move. "We want to control our own careers. "A Spice insider said: Geri is the real power behind the Spice Girls. Not only is she the most outspoken member of the group but she genuinely believes in real girl power. She wants to take control of her OWN career - end is not about to let anyone else tell her what to do. She is well aware that if the group does decide to go separate ways then she must be the first one to make the break just like Robbie Williams when he left Take That. She knows that whoever takes the plunge and goes first is more likely to be a success. It is a worrying time for the girl. But Geri is a very astute businesswoman and she would not make a rash decision to quit if she didn't think the time was right. The Source also shed light on why Geri ducked appearing with the other girls on Wednesday night's UK's BBC1 National Lottery show. Her refusal came just a day after Geri exclusively revealed how she had undergone an emergency operation after a breast cancer scare. The insider said: "Geri didn't want to do the Lottery show because she been asked to do something else for TV about her support for breast cancer charities. "After it was revealed about her breast cancer scare the interest in Geri just exploded. "She was delighted at the positive response it got and wanted to do everything she could to promote greater awareness of the disease. "But the other girls knew they were committed to doing the Lottery and didn't want to disappoint the BBC and the fans." The other girls were furious that she let them down - sparking last night's crisis. Scary Spice Mel B, Posh Spice Victoria Adams, Baby Spice Emma Bunton and Sporty Spice Mel C were forced to frantically revamp their concert in Oslo, Norway. But a cloud still hangs over their planned US tour next month. The spokesman said: "No one knows at the moment whether Geri will do the American dates of the tour. "But it is a little way off yet so they have time to talk. "They will all sit down next week and discuss the future. They've got some time off to think about it all. "They are hoping that this is not something that will spilt the band." The Girls meteoric rise is believed to have netted them each 6million. Their second album Spiceworld has sold millions around the world. And their hit movie of the same name grossed 50 million. But just weeks ago their run of chart topping singles ended when their latest release Stop stalled at No 2 in the UK. A music industry insider said "They're no longer the hot new product they were when they first burst upon the scene. "No band can stay on top forever and the Spice Girls are no exception."
ABSOLUTE SPICE

Friday 29th May
Geri walks out on Spices

THE Spice Girls were in crisis last night after Geri Halliwell walked out on their tour. Ginger Spice, 25 fled Into hiding-leaving the four others to perform two concerts without her. They have not spoken to the feisty redhead since having a blazing row with her on Wednesday after she refused to join them on TV's. National Lottery show. They fear she may have quit the Spice Girls for good - and were described as "shell-shocked." Mel B, Mel C, Victoria and Emma pressed ahead with a gig in Oslo, Norway, last night. They face another in the same city tonight at the end of the European leg of their Spiceworld tour. Then, after a l0-day break, they must take on the crucial challenge of touring America. The four remaining Girls plan to hold a crunch meeting with Geri next week. And they are desperately hoping she will join them in the States. But a source close to the band said last night: "There has a been a lot of friction between the Girls recently. "There was a major row because the others felt Geri wasn't working with them as part of a team" Geri took a flight out Britain on Wednesday and headed to secret hideaway. But the other Girls managed to put a brave face on her vanishing when reporters spoke to them outside their Oslo hotel last night. They were about to be drive off to prepare for their gig in the Spektrum concert hall. And Scary Spice Mel B said "Of course we're going ahead with the show." But when asked if anyone had spoken to Geri since the Lottery row, she replied: "No, it's a bit too early at the moment." The four were forced to do extra rehearsals to cover Geri's absence. As well as their tour they are scheduled to perform with Pavarotti at his War Child Charity concert next month. And the source warned: "No one knows if Geri will continue with the American dates. "Everything is up in the air at the moment. "The girls have always been so close end done everything to together, and they are shell-shocked. "But they hope Geri will stay with the group"
ABSOLUTE SPICE

Friday 29th May
Spice Girls Merchandise Announced

As North America prepares itself for the invasion of the Spice Girls, businessmen in New York and London are rubbing their hands with glee. The sell-out tour will mean a money spinning bonanza for those lucky manufacturers with licensed merchandise. When the Spice Girls arrive for their tour, a huge collection of quality merchandise will already be in the shops. It was the Beatles who spearheaded the first British invasion of the States back in the '60s - but all fans could buy then was a framed photo, a lunchbox and a Mersey wig! These days, youngsters scramble to collect items such as toy mobile telephones that allow them to speak directly to the Spice Girls. This item is hotly tipped to knock the Spice Girls dolls off the top of the toy bestseller charts. Other merchandise includes Spice Girl photo frames, lunch boxes, stationery, bags, umbrellas, jigsaw puzzles, baseball hats, coffee mugs, party products, postcards, and keyrings, all in the Spice Girls official colours of magenta and white. "Our own collection consists of nearly 200 separate items -- it's been very good business for us so far,'' says Paul Beverley, director of PMS International Far East Ltd, a cross-Continent toy, gift and novelty manufacturer, which had the foresight to pick up a host of Spice Girls licenses shortly after they were launched as a group. The merchandise is good for the Girls as well -- since they earn a royalty from every sale. Few realised at the time, that the group's first single "Wannabe'' would be such a huge success, but PMS International, based in Hong Kong and with offices in London and China, and sales agents in the US, tied up merchandise rights early on. "Our belief was that this was the first group with the potential to match the success of the Beatles. They also had a target age range much wider than any comparable pop group of today,'' says Paul Beverley. "They are extremely popular with the four to eight year old age group. We produced goods that appeal both to the teenagers, and a comprehensive range suitable for the younger age group too.'' The products were launched at the New York Toy Fair in February through Canco Sales of Forest Hills, New York, prior to tickets going on sale for the Spice Girls summer stadium tour. The New York concert tickets were sold out in less than twenty minutes and the rest of the country swiftly followed suit. It helped that every individual item had been approved by the Girls themselves. There's little point in a group whose slogan is "Girl Power'' handing over control to men in suits.
ABSOLUTE SPICE

Thursday 28th May
Geri Misses Spicy Oslo Concert

The Spice Girls were making their concert debut as a quartet after illness forced Geri Halliwell to miss the show. Ginger Spice was forced to stay in Britain as the rest of the band flew out to Oslo, Norway, to play a sell-out show for 8,600 fans at the city's Spektrum venue. A band spokeswoman said Geri was resting in bed to make sure she was over the stomach bug and fit to continue with the group's touring commitments. However the rest of Spice Girls landed in a private jet at Oslo's Gardermoen airport late last night. The girls however,  refused to put their feet on Norwegian soil until the army of press photographers were removed. The last two of their in all 94 concerts of their world tour in the European leg will be performed in Oslo over the next two days. They had given a clear message to the concert's organisers that they did not want any media at their arrival yesterday.
ABSOLUTE SPICE

Thursday 28th May
Missing Spice mystery

The show goes on for the Spice Girls as they prepare to wow the crowds of Norway tonight. However, mystery surrounds wheather Ginger Spice will join them. Geri missed a date with the band for the first time last night when she failed to show for the midweek National Lottery show. But officials at Oslo Spektrum, where the Spice Girls are due to play to a sell out crowd tonight, said the show would be going ahead. A spokesman at the 8,600 capacity venue said: "We all heard rumours. But as far as I know the shows are going to go on today and tomorrow." Vibeke Johnsen of the Norwegian news agaency Norsk Telegrambyra said the band landed in Oslo in the early hours of this morning, although it was unclear wheather Geri was with the group. "I've spoken to the record company here and they haven't mentioned that anything was wrong." she added. Last night the girls played their new single Viva Forver on the Lottery show as a four piece after jetting in from Scandinavia. This morning a spokeswomen for the band put Geri's absence down to a heavy workload and a stomach upset.
ABSOLUTE SPICE

Tuesday 26th May
Few Fans Really, Really Want Spice Girls Film

THE Spice Girls movie got a lukewarm response from fans when it was released on video yesterday. Many shops only managed to sell a few handfuls of Spiceworld The Movie. And bosses revealed Girl Power was no match for The Full Monty. Brian McGill, of Tower Records in Glasgow, said: "Sales can't compare with the rush for copies of The Full Monty. "We sold 11 Spiceworld videos this morning. The Full Monty flew out of the door as fast as we could open the boxes." Die hard Spice fans did queue outside some stores to pick up their copy. Some were waiting at the door of the Virgin Megastore in Dundee when it opened yesterday morning. A spokesman said:"We had about 10 people waiting outside. Then it quietened down. We sold about 20.'' HMV in Aberdeen sold up to 25 copies of the video. A spokesman said: "It's not been as hectic as we expected.'' But Girl Power is truly on the wane in Perth. The local John Menzies didn't sell a single copy of Spiceworld. ABSOLUTE SPICE would like to remind fans that if you did enjoy the movie then get yourself a copy. Overall this film is not that bad. Think of the future having a copy of a Spice Girl product will be worth quite a lot especially if you get hold of the Limited Edition version in a silver tin. Look how much Beatles items are selling for now. Spice Girls will have the impact.
ABSOLUTE SPICE

Tuesday 26th May
Ginger Spice had breast lump surgery

Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell has had surgery in a breast cancer scare. The buxom 25-year-old needed the emergency operation to remove a small lump from her right breast. Geri then had a terrifying three-day wait while tests were carried out on the lump before doctors gave her the all clear. An l8-year-old unknown dancer at the time, she feared she might lose a breast or worse if she had the disease, a major killer. She told a national newspaper: "It was a absolutely hideous time. "'I thought "Oh my God". I've got cancer. I feared I might lose one of my boobs. The idea was absolutely hideous. "I hadn't been checking my breasts or examining them in any regular routine - you don't think you need to at that age. "But one day I noticed this lump protruding from my right breast and when I felt it, it was about the size of a Smartie. I was so scared." Geri was speaking out in the hope that other young women would be encouraged to get proper advice on breast cancer. She added: "I will always live with the thought that next time I might not be so lucky. Delyth Morgan, chief executive of the Break through Breast Cancer charity, said: "We were very sorry to hear that Geri had had such a distressing experience at such a young age. "We are concerned that she will have experienced such worry about breast cancer. "But we should remember that nine out of every 10 breast lumps are benign and it is very rare for very young women to develop breast cancer. "We welcome the Spice Girls commitment to take up the issue of breast cancer and raise awareness. "We are extremely excited that they will be supporting our Fashion Targets Breast Cancer campaign by wearing T-shirts on their next appearance of Top of the Pops and helping to raise 1million for breast cancer research." Geri said: "If by reading my story other young girls are encouraged to check their breasts and find out more about it, then it will have been worthwhile.
ABSOLUTE SPICE

THE REST OF THE NEWS | BACK TO THE TOP


March Online Publishing 1998. All Rights Reserved