Potentially amazing news arrived this week for Spice Girls fans as a picture emerged of the three remaining members in the studio for a reported “secret recording session”.
Just hours after appearing on ITV’s ‘Lorraine’ to confirm that the iconic group was still in talks for that rumoured 20th anniversary reunion, Mel B posted a snap on Instagram of herself with Geri Horner and Emma Bunton – the three members still keen on such a project – at London’s Play Deep Studios on Wednesday afternoon (May 11th), captioning it: “And I say oohhhh LALA”.
Reportedly, this was a 48-hour session in which brand new material was being created. Furthermore, pop songwriter and producer Eliot Kennedy, a previous collaborator with the Spice Girls on the Spice World soundtrack, dropped a massive hint later in the evening that the group’s first original material in 16 years might be in the offing.
“Now that was a day for the history books. Like 20 years had never happened. Proper friendship! Hit song!” he wrote on Twitter.
Rumours also have it that a handful of live dates around the world, including London, New York and Los Angeles, are planned for 2017. However, nothing official has been announced and no record labels have been approached about the new songs, though there’s sure to be a significant bidding war afoot.
The Spice Girls went on ‘indefinite hiatus’ in 2000, shortly after their Geri Halliwell-less third album Forever, which underperformed in the charts. Though they reunited for a world tour in 2007 and then again for a one-off show for the London Olympics in 2012, no new songs have been recorded since.
Two long but ab-fab days with a stonking hit at the end of it! We've still got it kids!! #20years— eliot kennedy (@NYCSteelerfan) May 11, 2016
In the interview with Lorraine Kelly that morning, 40 year old Mel B had confirmed that she, Geri and Emma were enthusiastic about the prospect of a reunion to celebrate the 20th anniversary of debut single ‘Wannabe’.
“We definitely want to do something because it’s a celebration of us still doing our thing 20 years on and us being a part of each other, so we’ll see what happens.”