They camp it up in LA
The Spice Girls kicked off the US leg of their reunion tour with an over-the-top performance for a sold-out, celebrity-filled crowd at the Los Angeles Staples Center last night (December 5).
Their two-hour set featured numerous costume changes into sparkly Roberto Cavalli-designed frocks, flamenco gowns and black leather S&M gear for a sequence with male dancers led around by The Spice Girls on leashes.
Throughout the night, each Spice Girl had their solo moment to shine. Gerry (Ginger Spice) Halliwell‘s came during a rendition of ‘It’s Raining Men’ replete with scantily clad male dancers carrying umbrellas.
Melanie (Scary Spice) Brown sang a campy cover of Lenny Kravitz‘s ‘Are You Gonna Go My Way’ wearing a catsuit and wielding a whip on a man she pulled on stage from the audience.
Other members of the all-ages crowd got into the act as well, mimicking their icons by wearing Union Jack clothing, sequined mini dresses, feather boas and platform shoes.
Before the show began, Victoria (Posh Spice) Beckham‘s husband David Beckham caused a commotion while buying cotton candy from his box seat, which he shared with Hollywood pals Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, who waved to the screaming crowd.
Later in the evening, recent Los Angeles transplant Victoria Beckham said to fellow Angeleno Brown, “We’re home, Melanie,” and the crowd erupted.
The Spice Girls ended the night with an encore featuring their biggest hits ‘Wannabe’ and ‘Spice Up Your Life’, punctuated by confetti cannons and a giant neon sign reading, “Mission Accomplished Spice”.
The Spice Girls played:
‘Spice Up Your Life’
‘Say You’ll Be There’
‘Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)’
‘Lady Is A Vamp’
‘2 Become 1’
‘Who Do You Think You Are’
‘Are You Gonna Go My Way’ (feat. Mel B)
‘Maybe’ (feat. Emma Bunton)
‘It’s Raining Men’ (feat. Geri Halliwell)
‘I Turn To You’ (feat. Melanie C)
‘Let Love Lead The Way’
‘Spice Up Your Life’ (Reprise)
–By our Los Angeles staff.