Spice Girls: ‘Girl power reigns’

The 90s girl band make first public appearance together since 2008 at the launch of the 'Viva Forever' musical

The Spice Girls reunited for the first time in four years today (June 26) at a press conference held to launch new musical, ‘Viva Forever’.

The conference, which was held at the St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel where the group shot the music video for debut single ‘Wannabe’, saw the quintet speak about their involvement with the production, as well offer their thoughts on the band’s lasting ‘girl power’ legacy.

When asked if she thought girl power was still alive today, Mel C replied “Absolutely, of course it is. It will never die. The biggest artists in the world today are women – Beyonce, Rihanna, Jessie J, Adele. Girl Power reigns.” Geri Halliwell added:

“The musical is testimony that girl power has longevity. Who would have thought 16 years later that our songs and the message of them is still standing and still carries on, just in a different way. It’s brilliant”

Mel C also also stated that “when we watched the workshops, each time the song [‘Viva Forever’] started we got goosebumps. It brings back so many memories, so it’s a lovely thing for us to see our songs performed each night in a theatre.”

‘Viva Forever’ has been written by Absolutely Fabulous star Jennifer Saunders and tells the story of Viva – a wannabe performer who enters a talent contest – and her family. The show will feature a number of songs by the legendary girl group, including a mash-up of ‘Mama’ and ‘Viva Forever’, and is due to open at London’s Piccadilly Theatre on November 27.