The Spice Girls today (June 28) 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 countri

The Spice Girls today (June 28) 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, Madrid, Beijing, Hong Kong, Sydney, Cape Town 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.

in front of the world's media, the girls were soon back to the old "Girl Power" routine that made them globally famous the first time around.

One male reporter was mocked for looking "like Britney Spears' ex-husband," and another forced to remove his shirt after he dared to suggest the fivesome -- now more Spice Women than Spice Girls -- might not be "fit enough" for a world tour. Such antics caused chaos among the paparazzi, with one cameraman injured as he fell off his ladder during the surge for photos.

There was little sign of the old tensions within the group. Even when Halliwell threatened to dominate proceedings, Beckham diffused things by quipping, "she just appreciates the fact that we've let her back in."

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.

The group admitted the reunion is unlikely to become permanent. "We want our kids to see what we do," said Beckham, who is married to soccer superstar David. "I might even get to be the cool one in my family for once."