Spice Girl’s Melanie C Announces Gigs

While Spice Girls fans continue waiting for a reunion, Melanie C has booked a run of U.K. tour dates to go along with her upcoming album.

Last week the singer/songwriter/actress formerly known as Mel C or Sporty Spice hosted two special evenings that featured a Q&A and the first listen of selections from the new LP.

Marking her seventh solo album, Version Of Me is due out Oct. 21. Melanie C worked on the release with longtime co-writers Peter Vettese and Adam Argyle. She also collaborated on the track “Numb” with production duo Sons of Sonix, whose resume includes Stormzy, Tinie Tempah, Wretch 32 and Ariana Grande. Check out the music video for the song “Anymore.”  

A tweet from Melanie C refers to the routing as the “first tour dates announced” so it sounds like more gigs are coming. Here’s the plan so far:

April 4 – Glasgow, Scotland, O2 ABC Glasgow
April 5 – Liverpool, England, O2 Academy Liverpool
April 6 – Manchester, England, O2 Ritz Manchester
April 8 – London, England, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
April 9 – Birmingham, England, O2 Institute Birmingham

Tickets go on sale to the general public Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. local time. VIP packages will be available.

The Spice Girls last toured in 2008. All five girls reunited in August 2012 for a special performance at the Summer Olympics’ closing ceremony, performing a medley of “Wannabe” and “Spice Up Your Life.”

In July Mel B, Emma Bunton and Geri Halliwell released a brief video to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the release of the Spice Girls’ debut single, “Wannabe.” The video, which promised more news to come, was posted on a new YouTube channel called . The acronym apparently stands for the first letter of the singers’ names: Geri, Emma and Mel. 

Mel B recently stopped by “The Late Late Show with James Corden” and said a tour with Bunton and Halliwell was in the works, which would most likely begin in London.

As to why Melanie C and Victoria Beckham aren’t involved?

“Because the other two bitches didn’t want to do it! [laughs] Let me correct that – my other two lovely fellow ladies,” Mel B said. “You know, Victoria is busy with her great fashion line. Mel C is doing her own album and so they gracefully said, ‘You know, you three go ahead and do it.’ We’re girl power. We support each other. So us three went, ‘OK. Well, then. Let’s just us three do it.’”

The Guardian posted a Q&A with Melanie C over the weekend, which included a question about whom she would like to say sorry and why.

“The Spice Girls – Mel B, Geri and Emma – who wanted to mark our 20th anniversary, and the fans. It was not something I felt comfortable doing.”

Visit MelanieC.net for more information about the artist.