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Melanie C. Reflects as Spice Girls Tour Wraps: "There Hasn't Been Time for Bickering"

March 6, 2008 5:37 PM ET

Last week the Spice Girls wrapped up a three-month reunion tour that packed arenas across the globe, including a seventeen-night stand at London's O2 Arena. Days before their final date Melanie "Sporty Spice" Chisolm got on the phone with Rolling Stone to talk about the reunion, the chances of new Spice Girls material and her solo career.

Are you sad the tour is coming to an end so soon?
We've had so much fun and I think that the strongest word that's been on my mind is "overwhelmed." Just the reaction and the audience and the amount of people that wanted to see us. We've just been blown away by the response.

You clearly could do more shows. Why stop now?
We could keep going and do more shows. We committed to the end of January and the way it was going, we said 'Oh, come on, let's push it to the end of Feb' but just because it was of personal commitments and four of the girls have children. It was like 'you know what, we'd better get the kids back to school' and there were lots of reasons for us to call it a day right now.

Do you feel closer to the girls in the group now?
Yeah, definitely. All of us have really enjoyed getting closer again. All of the girls are very lucky they've got lovely kids and they all get along. So it's just made the whole atmosphere on the tour very fun and there hasn't been time for any bickering or the fighting that's always reported about the Spice Girls. It's just like a big family. There's been more laughing than anything else.

We've always had a very special bond. We've been through something so unique together that even if we don't see each other for a few months we get together and it's been like no time has passed at all. We were so young [the first time around] and everything was happening so fast and we were exhausted. You know, when you're out there promoting and touring away from home, it's on you. So this time around, we made sure we enjoyed every second of it.

Do you think there's a chance of a new album or another tour?
I have to speak personally now. I don't feel like the Spice Girls would go back in the studio. It's not anything we've ever talked about or discussed. As for shows, if you had asked me maybe six months ago if the Spice Girls would ever tour again, I probably would've said no. So I think it's quite dangerous to say definitely yes or no. You never know what the future holds. But I really doubt there'd be any new material.

Do you plan to record a new solo album soon?
I currently have out my fourth solo record and that was released in Europe last year. I'm going to be releasing it in Canada in April. I've got a tour going in May. And, I'd love to be able to release in the States. But I just have to see how things go.

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