Irish pop group B*Witched announced on Thursday that they will tour once again with other U.K. pop bands that were massive in the '90s. As an old American fan, I wondered when B*Witched and these other bands even reunited and it took some sleuthing on Wikipedia and YouTube to find out.
B*Witched started appearing on music charts around the world in 1998 with their debut single, "C'est La Vie." The cheerful pop track charmed American audiences when it hit no. 9 on Billboard's Hot 100 and it was also the first of four straight no. 1s in the U.K. The demin-clad group's debut album would go platinum stateside and they would chart on Billboard again with "Rollercoaster." Follow-up album "Awake and Breathe" soon went gold in the U.S. and the girls would cover Toni Basil's "Mickey" for the 2000 teen movie "Bring it On."
Like the rest of the bands they are touring with now, B*Witched soon burned out on the music charts and they split up in 2002. The four ladies of B*Witched - Edele Lynch, Keavy Lynch, Sinéad O'Carroll and Lindsay Armaou - regrouped in late 2012 for ITV2's "The Big Reunion" reality show, which began airing in January 2013. The U.K. series chronicled the return of these one-time major pop bands (who also achieved some success in the states). Other familiar groups in the mix include Five, Atomic Kitten and 911. They talked about the downside of pop stardom, old group tensions and prepped for a one-off comeback show at London's Hammersmith Apollo.
All the groups knocked it out of the park at Hammersmith, but B*Witched really rose to the occasion. The biggest crowd-pleaser was of course when the four ladies performed "C'est La Vie" for the first time in over a decade. During the performance, they were very on-point as if all those years hadn't passed by. The Irish jig B*Witched did in 1998 music video was also done again flawlessly (in high heels, no less). Kudos to "The Big Reunion" for making all this possible and to bands for coming back with a vengeance.
The success of "The Big Reunion" bands at Hammersmith later led to a full-on arena tour around the U.K. In December, B*Witched and the groups will continue to perform during the Christmas Party Tour. Us old American fans will have to settle for YouTube videos of their live performances for now.
B*Witched released a new song together entitled "Love and Money" earlier this year.
For the 1998 "C'est La Vie" music video, click here
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