At the launch of their U.S. tour on Monday night, the Spice Girls played for two hours, kept the costumes changes coming, and mixed the hits with some surprising covers, but left fans talking about one thing: life without Geri.
"It's really sad that Geri's leaving because she's the one big on girl power and how they're best buds and everything," one fan told MTV News outside of the Girl's show at the Coral Sky Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Florida. "They're best buds... Yeah, they can't even stay together for a couple of years." [150k Audio]
"They're not going to be, like, girl power without her," another concertgoer echoed.
The Girls did their best to conjure up some of that magical, mystical girl power at Monday night's show, turning in a two-hour set that saw the group change their costumes at least every two songs. In addition to noted Spice cannon selections
like "Wannabe," "Say You'll Be There," and "Spice Up Your Life," the Girls threw some covers into the mix with the Mel's duetting on "Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves" and Baby Spice tackling a Supremes nugget.
As fans were buzzing about Geri's recent departure, the Girls themselves made no mention of her absence during the show. The four remaining Spices managed to divide Ginger Spice's vocal parts evenly among themselves with Mel B. doing Geri's rap section in "Wannabe" and Emma handling Geri's part in "Too Much." Geri's image did appear on the video on the wall behind the Girls, and her name was not deleted from the songs in which she is mentioned.
The Spice Girls will play Atlanta's Lakewood Amphitheater on Thursday, and as we reported earlier this week (see "Spice Girls Launch Tour, Team With Missy, Solo Albums"), spokespeople say the group is planning a new studio album, some individual solo
albums, and some work with Missy Elliot.