The Spice Girls will mark the 25th anniversary of Wannabe this July (Picture: Ray Burmiston/Photoshot/Getty Images)
The Spice Girls are having a ‘big old rethink’ about their 25th anniversary plans.
Mel C, Mel B, Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton and Geri Horner hit number one with their debut single Wannabe in July 1996, and had hoped to celebrate 25 years since their iconic introduction to the charts this summer.
However, any plans for a concert to mark the occasion have been thwarted by the coronavirus pandemic, but Mel C insists that an anniversary event is still ‘high on their agenda’.
Speaking on Billboard’s Pop Shop podcast, the 47-year-old said: ‘”It’s high on the agenda for us girls. I mean, since we did the tour in 2019, I have just been like, “more shows, more shows!” And, you know, obviously that isn’t something that’s gonna happen this year, sadly. So, again, a big old rethink.
‘We are working on some ideas. I can’t give too much away… but we definitely wanna celebrate and really acknowledge 25 years. It’s insane. We’re so proud of our legacy. So we do want to celebrate it in the best way that we can.’
The two Mels, Emma and Geri embarked on a reunion tour in 2019 without Posh Spice, and sold out venues including Wembley Stadium, Etihad Stadium and Dublin’s Croke Park.
Four of the band members went on tour in 2019 (Picture: PA)
It is unclear whether fashion designer Victoria – who last performed with the Spice Girls at the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony – will be involved in the 25th anniversary plans.
A big anniversary concert is off the cards for 2021, and it seems like we shouldn’t expect new music either, as Mel is wary about challenging their classic back catalogue.
The I Turn To You singer said: ‘You know what, I think, when we talk about new music, we feel very nervous.
‘Because obviously we had such great success, and we have such a great back catalogue. And we wouldn’t want to force anything. And we wouldn’t want to do anything that wasn’t good enough, you know?
‘So we’ve always said if an opportunity came up and we felt… it was quite organic that it happens, then we would do it. But we kind of don’t wanna force it.’
The Spice Girls had only been around for five years when they went on hiatus in 2001, but in that time, became a pop phenomenon and the biggest girl group of all time.
The band had nine number ones with Wannabe, Say You’ll Be There, 2 Become 1, Mama/Who Do You Think You Are, Spice Up Your Life, Too Much, Viva Forever, Goodbye and Holler, as well as three Christmas number ones (2 Become 1, Too Much and Goodbye) and two number one albums.
After seven years away, the Spice Girls returned with the single Headlines (Friendship Never Ends) in 2007 to accompany their greatest hits album; the single reached number 11.