The Spice Girls Are In Talks To Launch U.S. Tour With Backstreet Boys

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A Spice Girls reunion has been teased for some time, but now things have taken a twist: Members of the Backstreet Boys are saying the two 90s super-groups are in discussions for a joint tour of the U.S.

“The Spice Girls tour has been this idea bouncing around for the past year-and-a-half, and it’s something we’re still talking about,” AJ McClean told Rolling Stone.

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Nick Carter seems to be taking credit for the idea.

“I actually did a little Twitter shout-out to Mel B because we’re friends,” he told E! Online. “And I said, ‘Hey this could be a cool idea. What if we did a Backstreet Boys-Spice Girls tour?’

“There were talks in the past about it, and we had done the New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys tour,” he added, saying such a confluence of pop would likely be a “last hurrah” for the bands.

“Maybe do a world tour, stadiums, stuff like that, and do a package together. It’s just an idea.”

We never thought of Ginger, Scary, Sporty, Baby and Posh as the opening-act type, but there’s a certain sense to teaming up.

Spice Girls Open Virgin Atlantic's Futuristic New Terminal At Heathrow Airport, Heathrow, London, Britain - 13 Dec 2007, Spice Girls - Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images)
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While they dominated Europe and the rest of the world, “America had a different relationship with the Spice Girls,” says a source.

“They were big but their success didn’t last quite as long, so teaming with another act is a way of booking bigger venues.”

Potentially, Victoria Beckham could pop in for the odd show.

“[Victoria] is my friend, I love her to pieces. If we do something, it has to be all of us,” Mel B recently told Meredith Viera.

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“That’s the whole point. As soon as there’s something to actually announce, I’ll be yelling it from the rooftops!”

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