But the clock inexplicably keeps ticking for the Girl Power group. On Wednesday, the popsters announced plans for their first all-out North American invasion.
Appearing on satellite from London's Wembley Arena, the Spices--Sporty, Posh, Scary, Ginger and Baby--said they'd be heading Stateside beginning June 15 in Miami. They'll hit 39 cities, playing mostly 15-20,000-seat arenas (including a July 1 stop at New York's Madison Square Garden), before winding things up in Dallas on August 26.
The Spices say they'll perform all their classic (that there's sarcasm, folks) tunes from both Spice and Spiceworld.
The question is, does anybody still want to see the Spice Girls? Industry observers seem to think so.
"They might have done better if they had gone sale a few months ago," says Gary Bongiovanni, editor of the concert trade Pollstar, "[but] I have to believe they're going to do very well, based on the fact that this is their first tour of America, so they're not over exposed, and they've sold a tremendous number of records."
Aside from the odd award show performance, the Spices have shied away from concerts until recently: seems the quintet had a hard time sounding as good live as they did on disc. The group is currently honing its stage chops at an eight-night stand at Wembley.
Tickets for the North Amercian shows go on sale starting April 18. Although no prices have been announced yet, Bongiovanni says tix probably "won't be too, too expensive" to avoid alienating the predominantly young fans. Better save that allowance, just in case.
For a complete rundown of tour dates, check out Virgin Records' Spice Girls site.