Spice Girls 'hoping to tour' in 2023, says Mel B

By Dianne Bourne

Mel B has said she will “make sure” that a Spice Girls tour happens in 2023.

The girl group previously reunited in 2019 for a tour of the UK and Ireland, although Victoria Beckham did not join her former bandmates.

While standing in as presenter of Channel 4 show Steph’s Packed Lunch, which was temporarily renamed Mel B’s Packed Lunch, the singer said the group were previously in talks to do another tour until their plans were interrupted by the pandemic.

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Mel B, real name Melanie Brown, said: “We did our last tour and Victoria respectfully ducked out, and you have to respect when someone doesn’t want to go on tour.”

The Spice Girls reunited as a four piece for their last tour in 2019 (Andrew Timms/PA Wire)

She added: “I’m always pushing to have a Spice Girls reunion and we were in talks last year but then Covid hit so it pushed everyone’s plans.

“I think we’re hopefully on the same page together.

“They’re going to kill me for saying this. We’re hoping, especially me – if it has anything to do with me, which it will have because I’m the driving force and will make sure it happens – to tour in 2023.”

Her bandmate Mel C has previously said Victoria would like to perform with the Spice Girls at Glastonbury.

Their last tour in 2019 included a series of three huge sold-out gigs at Manchester's Etihad Stadium.

Mel pictured on the last Spice Girls tour (Andrew Timms/PA Wire)

Mel B presented Steph’s Packed Lunch as part of Channel 4’s Black To Front project on Friday, which sees the broadcaster air a number of its flagship shows with black presenters and contributors at the forefront.

During the show she also revealed what nicknames she would give the members of the Spice Girls today.

“Victoria has a crazy sense of humour, so she’d be Sarky Spice, as in sarcastic,” she said.

“Baby Spice is actually quite a raunchy, sassy-pants, so she’d definitely be Lustful Spice.

“Melanie is a perfectionist, so it’s Perfect Spice.

“Geri… where do I start? Stop-wearing-white-and-wear-the-Union-Jack Spice.

“And me? I’d be Fabulous Spice.”

The Spice Girls pictured in 1996 (Mirrorpix)

The programme also saw Mel B reunite three cast members from the sitcom Desmond’s, which originally aired for six series between 1989 and 1994 – Carmen Munroe, who played Shirley, Ram John Holder (Porkpie) and Kim Walker (Gloria Ambrose).

Discussing the experience of filming Desmond’s, Munroe said: “There is lots going for working on Desmond’s.

“Because of the person who wrote it, as they were a black person.

“Because of the people who I was working with.

“Even the people in the production and the producer made sure he had, behind the scenes, more young black people.

“This completed the whole picture and whole concept of what we are going to do as a race.”

As part of Black To Front, Mo Gilligan and AJ Odudu presented a revival of The Big Breakfast, while Sir Trevor McDonald has also hosted quiz show Countdown and there will be a special version of Celebrity Gogglebox at 9pm on Friday night.

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