Spice Girls kicking off tour in L.A.


LONDON -- The Spice Girls on Thursday confirmed one of the pop world's worst-kept secrets when they announced they would reunite for a world tour.

The five-piece group will perform 11 dates in eight countries, beginning with a concert Dec. 7 in Los Angeles. The tour will press on to Las Vegas; New York; London; Cologne, Germany; Madrid; Beijing; Hong Kong; Sydney; Cape Town, South Africa; and Buenos Aires.

It will be the first time all five singers -- Geri "Ginger" Halliwell, Melanie "Sporty" Chisholm, Melanie "Scary" Brown, Victoria "Posh" Beckham and Emma "Baby" Bunton -- have performed together since 1998, when Halliwell left the group.

The tour will support the November release of a greatest hits compilation through Virgin Records. In addition, filmmaker Bob Smeaton ("The Beatles Anthology," "Who's Next") will oversee an official documentary on the reformed band, which will be distributed worldwide at an undisclosed date.