The operative word in that headline is, of course, “reportedly”, as this GEM (you’ll get that excellent joke in a couple of sentences time) of a story comes courtesy of The Sun.
The ever reliable Sun reports that Victoria Beckham is in the preliminary stages of taking legal action against her former Spice Girls band mates in order to stop them from performing their ’90s hits.
Posh Spice has apparently launched a legal bid to prevent Ginger (Geri Horner), Baby (Emma Bunton) and Scary (Mel B) – who go by the name of GEM (please refer back to the opening sentence of this article and laugh/smile) – from being allowed to perform the Spice Girls’ biggest hits as part of their bid for a reunion.
In an interview with The Sunday Times after the formation of GEM, Victoria Beckham expressed unease about the trio using songs from the Spice Girls’ back catalogue, saying: “I do think they should sing their own material though, because what we did in the Spice Girls was so special. If they sang Spice Girls songs I think I might be a bit sad.”
To be fair, Vicky B is doing us all a favour here: she’s right – the Spice Girls were a special band and phenomenon for any pop fan worth their salt and it would indeed be disheartening to see their songs reduced to matchwood by three, now nondescript band members. Plus, the Spice Girls need to leave their legacy be; their reunion single, Tesco advert and cancelled tour were disastrous, as was the Viva Forever musical.
Beckham’s reported “legal action” currently amounts to “aggressive letters” threatening legal repercussions should GEM perform any Spice Girls material, which Posh does have the right to protect as she holds songwriting credits on the band’s hits as well as being a co-owner of various companies which control legacy finances.
Watch this space to find out if GEM reply to Beckham’s “aggressive letters” (or if this story is even true…)
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