The Spice Girls at 25: Here’s the story from A to Z
Released 25 years ago, on 8 July 1996, Wannabe spent seven weeks at number one in the UK and four in the US. In the process, it made five unknown girls – Victoria Caroline Adams, Melanie Janine Brown, Emma Lee Bunton, Melanie Jayne Chisholm and Geraldine Estelle Halliwell – global superstars.
So here’s a story from A to Z of how the band started, rose to fame, fell apart and put themselves back together again. Because which member of our LGBT+ Community does not love the Spice Girls?!?
O is for Olympics
The last time all five Spice Girls performed together was at the closing ceremony of the London Olympic Games in 2012.
The band emerged from, then stood astride, five London black cabs, as they played Wannabe and Spice Up Your Life to rapturous applause.
According to Mel C, they had rehearsed the performance for a week and a half but were still absolutely petrified.
Victoria even had a panic attack inside one of the taxis and almost refused to come out. “I felt so sick, I was falling to pieces,” she told Heart Radio after coming off stage. “But Emma was so amazing – if it wasn’t for her I would not have gone out there. That’s how you know a real friend.”
“The routine was quite technical, which added an element of danger,” Mel C later told Mail online. “But there was a huge roar as we entered the Olympic Stadium, and that gave us an extra boost of adrenaline.
“We’re not known for being particularly slick. In fact, shambolic is more like it. But it went perfectly.”
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