If there’s an upside to Victoria Beckham snubbing the Spice Girls tour, it’s the remaining foursome will each pocket a bigger share of the takings.
The Sun has revealed Mel B, Geri Horner, Emma Bunton and Mel C are raging after claiming they never gave their consent to bring support act Jess Glynne on board … and the four are at war with management over the costly booking.
Glynne — who has had more UK number ones than any other British female solo artist — will pocket an expected $2.4 million from her stint on the 13-date run after signing a deal worth $185,000 per show. But the Spices are refusing to pay her from their cut of the money generated by ticket sales.
A source said of the foursome: “They absolutely love Jess and are huge fans of her music, but they weren’t happy when they heard she had been signed as the support act.
“They are blaming Modest Management for sorting the deal without their permission.
“Modest thought booking Jess would be a brilliant move. She’s the most successful singer in the country right now and appeals to a younger generation who perhaps aren’t that familiar with the Spice Girls’ legacy.
“But the girls had faith in their fanbase to make the tour a success.
“They say it wasn’t their decision and are refusing to pay her the money out of their earnings, saying Modest have to sort it from a separate pot. It’s all got pretty awkward.”
Horner admitted to The Sun this week she was struggling to relax about the comeback following a string of stalled past attempts.
She said: “I won’t quite believe it’s going to happen until we actually get on stage because of how long we’ve been trying to get there.”
After years of rumours and rebuttals, the girls finally struck a deal to give nostalgic fans what they really, really want with a six-date reunion stadium tour. That was later increased to 13 dates due to high demand for tickets.
The group, who last toured in 2007, kick off the tour at Dublin’s Croke Park on May 24. The run reaches a climax with three massive dates at London’s Wembley Stadium.
After five became four, they want to keep it that way.