Spice Girls Launch Tour, Team With Missy, Plan Solo Albums

The Spice Girls are charging boldly into the Geri-less frontier with a U.S. tour, talk of solo albums, and work with Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott.

After warming up its foursome act last week in Modena, Italy with Luciano Pavarotti, the Spice Girls launched their 40-date U.S. tour on Monday at the Coral Sky Ampitheatre in West Palm Beach, Florida.

According to the Spice Girls Camp, Mel C, Mel B, Emma and Victoria are also writing songs on the road and laying down demo tracks for their third album, which they plan to start recording in September. In addition to this effort, the first without Ginger Spice, the feisty foursome is also planning to record solo albums.

Meanwhile, Mel B and Missy Elliott will be in New York next week recording a song for the soundtrack to "Why Do Fools Fall In Love," a film about the 50s singer Frankie Lymon starring Larenz Tate, Halle Berry, Vivica Fox and Lela Roshon due in September. Missy, who's producing the soundtrack, also plans

to collaborate on a song with Busta Rhymes.