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Spice Girls announce extra dates after fans’ ticket struggle

The Spice Girls have added a string of new dates to their reunion tour after fans from around the wo..

The Spice Girls have added a string of new dates to their reunion tour after fans from around the world struggled to buy tickets.

The 90s girl band originally announced six dates in 2019, including a finale at Wembley Stadium in London.

But after fans vented their frustration as they struggled to buy tickets, the group announced they will play four extra dates in London, Manchester and Coventry.

They have not performed together since the London Olympics closing ceremony in 2012, and they last toured 10 years ago.

Mel B, Geri Horner, Emma Bunton and Melanie Chisholm will be performing without Victoria Beckham, who is focusing on her career as a fashion designer.

The Spice World tour will now begin at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on 29 May 2019, instead of 1 June, and they will play three dates in the city.

They will play two additional dates at Wembley Stadium in London, with shows on 13, 14 and 15 June, and a further show at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on 4 June.

Image: Spice Girls Mel B (L), Geri Horner, Emma Bunton and Melanie Chisholm

The dates were added after fans struggled to buy tickets online for the existing shows – with many complaining of long waits in electronic queues.

It prompted ticket-selling website Ticketmaster to write on Twitter: "Morning Spice fans! It's a VERY busy morning and we're selling tickets fast.

"To ensure fair access some of you may see queue pages, please follow the instructions."

One fan wrote on Twitter: "@TicketmasterUK how is anyone supposed to be able to buy tickets for #SpiceWorld2019 when "something has gone wrong" keeps showing????? Absolutely ridiculous!"

Another said: "No @TicketmasterUK, there isn't a problem with my connection! Your website can't handle the traffic Cheers #igiveup."

Many fans have shared their joy at being able to see the band go on tour, with one Twitter user posting: "My 12-year-old self is freaking out."

"Thank you everyone for such an amazing reaction, so excited to see you," the official @SpiceGirls twitter account said.

The band shot to worldwide fame in 1996 after the release of their first single Wannabe, spreading the message of girl power.

They went on to sell 85 million albums worldwide.

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Only two of their 11 singles failed to reach number one on the British charts.

They split in 2000 but reunited for a world tour in 2007 – and again got together to perform at the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony.

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Game Of Thrones trailer and final series date revealed

Game Of Thrones will return for its eighth and final series in April next year, HBO has confirmed in..

Game Of Thrones will return for its eighth and final series in April next year, HBO has confirmed in a new teaser trailer for the show.

A clip announcing the return of the hit series, which first aired in 2011, features the tagline: "For The Throne."

While few details are revealed, the video shows key moments from past series and lets fans know when they can expect to see the much anticipated final season, which will be broadcast in the UK on Sky Atlantic and Now TV.

Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke and Peter Dinklage will reprise their roles as Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and Tyrion Lannister, while Lena Headey will return to face them as the key antagonist, Cersei Lannister.

Speaking backstage at the Emmys in September, the show's boss David Benioff said the final season took a long time to make "because it's the biggest thing we've ever done".

"Even though it's six episodes, it was nearly a full year in Belfast either prepping it or shooting it," he said.

"It's quite extraordinary what the crew and the actors created, and I think when people see it they'll understand why it took so long.

"No one's going on vacation or slacking off, it's just that last season is far beyond what we've ever attempted before, and it is taking a really f****** long time – and I hope it will be worth it."

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By the time the season airs it will be almost two years since the seventh series of the show, based on George RR Martin's book series A Song of Ice and Fire, was broadcast in summer 2017.

Earlier this year, HBO revealed it was moving ahead with a Game of Thrones prequel set thousands of years before the events of the TV show, and that it would be the first of five potential spin-off projects. (more…)

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German Playboy regrets ‘misquoting’ composer Ennio Morricone

German Playboy has distanced itself from an interview with Ennio Morricone after it quoted the Itali..

German Playboy has distanced itself from an interview with Ennio Morricone after it quoted the Italian composer referring to Quentin Tarantino as a "cretin".

The German edition of the men's magazine says a freelance reporter may have misquoted the legendary 90-year-old film composer in its latest edition.

The interview, published last week, quoted Morricone referring to the US film director as a "cretin" who stole ideas from others.

He was also quoted as saying the Oscars ceremony was "boring".

Morricone, who won an Oscar in 2016 for the music for Tarantino's film The Hateful Eight, has vehemently denied criticising the director, his films or the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

"I consider Tarantino a great director," Morricone said.

He also credited their collaboration for his Oscar success, "which is for sure one of the greatest acknowledgements of my career, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to compose music for his film".

German Playboy, which is published by Munich-based Hubert Burda Media, said that "up to now, we have considered the freelancer who conducted the Ennio Morricone interview on our behalf to be a renowned print and radio journalist".

Florian Boitin, the magazine's editor-in-chief, said in a statement: "Based on the information now at our disposal, we must unfortunately assume that the words spoken in the interview have, in part, been reproduced incorrectly.

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"We would like to express our regret should Mr Morricone have been portrayed in a false light," he added. (more…)

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Dave Grohl takes food to California firefighters

Firefighters in Calabasas, near Los Angeles, posted a picture on Instagram thanking the Foo Fighters..

Firefighters in Calabasas, near Los Angeles, posted a picture on Instagram thanking the Foo Fighters frontman.

Image: Dave Grohl has taken food to firefighters in California

Dave Grohl has once again demonstrated his good guy credentials, taking food to hungry firefighters working to tackle wildfires in California.

The Foo Fighters frontman took barbecue meats to feed the crew at Fire Station 68 in Calabasas, near Los Angeles, on Monday night.

In a post on Instagram, the firefighters, who have been battling the Woolsey fire – one of several that have caused devastation in the state – thanked the musician, saying: "It was awesome to get a visit tonight from Dave Grohl of the @foofighters.

"He also treated us to some of his own @backbeatbbq. Thanks Dave! It was excellent!"

Firefighters have been struggling against the wind-fuelled southern California wildfire, which stretches from north of Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean.

More than 40 people have been killed in the fires.

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