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Spice Girls Fans Snap Up Reunion Tickets

SCOTT SIMON, host:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

(Soundbite of song, "Say You'll Be There")

SPICE GIRLS (All-Female Pop Group): (Singing) Oh, say you'll be there.

SIMON: Remember hearing stories about people who've camped out overnight or over a weekend to get tickets to see the Beatles, the Stones, even the Grateful Dead. People shared food, drink and the kind of brownies that left to buzz. They'd sing "All You Need is Love" or "Casey Jones." How many lifelong friendships were made, even if they were hard to remember the day after?

But these days, just click - but quickly. Tickets for most stops in the 54-day "Hannah Montana" concert tour are already gone in most places. Miley Cyrus plays the Disney channel character who's a student by day and rock star at night. Tickets sold out in Memphis in just eight minutes, just four minutes in Atlanta. Scalpers are now selling tickets for thousands of dollars to anxious parents.

But that's almost leisurely compared to the Spice Girls. Tickets to their December 15 reunion concert in London went on sale this week and sold out in just 38 seconds. And it's just about as long as Mr. Posh Spice, David Beckham, can play without tearing his medial collateral ligament.

(Soundbite of song, "Say You'll Be There")

SPICE GIRLS: (Singing) I give you everything. And all that I want from you is a promise you will be there…

SIMON: Coming up, the posh sultry voice of Sophie Milman. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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Scott Simon is one of America's most admired writers and broadcasters. He is the host of Weekend Edition Saturday and is one of the hosts of NPR's morning news podcast Up First. He has reported from all fifty states, five continents, and ten wars, from El Salvador to Sarajevo to Afghanistan and Iraq. His books have chronicled character and characters, in war and peace, sports and art, tragedy and comedy.