Last night it felt like I’d gate-crashed possibly the world’s largest hen-night as the Spice Girls party descended on London’s O2 Arena for another night of nostalgia.
The crowd, glow-sticks in hand and adorned with fairy wings and pink cowboy hats were without question here to have a good time and Baby, Ginger, Posh, Scary and Sporty served it up in spades. Sure it wasn’t the slickest arena show you’ll ever see and vocally they’re not the strongest quintet the world has ever seen but fun was definitely the order of the night and it was very hard not to watch this show without a smile on your face.
With only a relatively small back catalogue of hits to draw from this two hour show was always going to require a little bit of padding and that came in the form of several tracks taken from the individual Spice’s solo work the best of which was undoubtedly provided by Mel C’s 2000 hit ‘I Turn To You’, providing proof, if any was needed, that she has by far-in-away the best voice of all the Spices. She required no topless male dancers or cheesy dance routine to satisfy the crowd with this one, her energy alone showed why she was always referred to as the Sporty one. In contrast it was hard not to be bemused by the rapturous cheers ‘Posh’ received every time she sung, a true indicator of the power of today’s media-friendly celebrities. She choose, probably wisely, to fore-go singing anything during her solo spot, instead choosing to sashay the walkway to Madonna’s ‘Material Girl’ whilst miming into a mobile phone. I’m not sure what we were meant to take away from this but I get the impression it was all done very much tongue-in-cheek.
By the time the girls launched into a medley of covered dance tunes by the likes of Kool and the Gang the padding was becoming much more noticeable but the crowd were lapping up every second and it felt like this hen-night had now entered its karaoke-phase!
For the encore crowd-favourites ‘Wannabe’ and ‘Spice Up Your Life’ were belted out with gusto with the crowd singing and dancing to every word. And so as the house lights came on and the crowd drifted off into the night, it seemed their lives, if only just for a couple of hours, had well and truly been touched by a little bit of ‘Girl Power’!
Spice Up Your Life
Say You’ll Be There
Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)
The Lady Is A Vamp
2 Become 1
Who Do You Think You Are
Material Girl/Supermodel (You Better Work) – Victoria Beckham solo
Are You Gonna Go My Way – Melanie B solo
Maybe – Emma Bunton solo
It’s Raining Men – Geri Halliwell solo
I Turn To You – Mel C solo
Let Love Lead The Way
Celebration/Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)/That’s The Way I Like It/We Are Family Medley
If U Can’t Dance
Spice Up Your Life
Normski, Live Music Correspondent, ShowbizSpy.com.
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