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Wednesday, September 1, 1999 Published at 10:50 GMT 11:50 UK


Sporty's solo show goes global

Sporty Spice: Planning to "rock out" all over the world

Spice Girl Mel C has announced she will be leaving the rest of the group to embark on a 30-day world tour to promote her solo album.

She will perform at Liverpool's Royal Court on 27 September, the day her debut single Goin' Down hits the shops in the UK.

The 23-year-old singer also plans to hit the road at the beginning of October, opening her world tour with a date at New York's Irving Plaza.

Sporty Spice will play across North America, then hop over to Australia and Japan before returning to Europe.

After shows in Munich, Milan, Paris and Amsterdam, the whirlwind tour is due to end with another live performance in the UK at the London Astoria on 1 November.

The tour marks the release of the Spice Girl's debut album, Northern Star, on 18 October. The solo LP will be the first from a current Spice Girl.

Her management said although the Liverpool and London dates have been confirmed, full details for the other shows have yet to be finalised.

[ image: Sporty:
Sporty: "It's more nerve wracking when you're on your own."
Mel C previewed her solo act at last month's V99 festival gigs in Essex and Staffordshire.

"It's more nerve-wracking when you're on your own," she told fans on the Spice Girls' Website. "But at least when you go wrong you don't have to apologise to three other people."

In a warm up show in Sheffield prior to V99 she treated the audience, which included her fellow Spice Girls, to a version of punk anthem Anarchy In The UK.

Her solo tour promises to include more equally unlikely performances, with the singer keen to prove she can do more than pop.

She said: "I love being on stage with the Spice Girls, but they know sometimes that I want to rock out, so I have the best of both worlds."

But, speaking to fans, Mel C was been quick to quash any rumours that her transition from raven-haired pop star to bleach-blonde rock chick marks the end of her interest in the Spice Girls.

"I'm still Sporty Spice through and through, and I've only had a haircut."

[ image: Mel C before her rock make-over]
Mel C before her rock make-over
She says Northern Star explores a whole range of musical styles, including "acoustic stuff, pop, R&B" and a guest appearance from Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez from soul group TLC.

Last year she scored a number three hit in the UK with Canadian rocker Bryan Adams, who she describes as "a very special person".

Posh Spice Victoria Adams is now the only member of the band not to have embarked on a solo music career.

Scary Spice Mel G has released two singles: the UK number one hit I Want You Back and a cover of the Cameo song Word Up.

Baby Spice Emma Bunton is working with UK-based dance act Tin Tin Out.

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