David Beckham has camera glued to his face at the Spice Girls' San Jose gig

December 5, 2007 by dino

David BeckhamDavid Beckham seems to be taking his new job as the Spice Girls official photographer a little too seriously.

The football ace had a camera glued to his face for almost two-a-half-hours last night as the Spices hit the stage in San Jose, California for the second date of the ‘Return of the Spice Girls’ world tour.

The former England captain only lowered his lens when the girls belted out their catchiest hits – and Becks just couldn’t help but sing along.

“David slipped in after the show had started and took a seat in the front row, right next to the stage,” said an onlooker. “He tried to disguise himself by pulling a blue baseball cap over his face but you couldn’t miss him or his huge camera.

“Everyone around him was on their feet dancing and cheering but David kept his bum on the seat to steady his shots.”

Becks jetted back from New Zealand – where he had been on tour with the Los Angeles Galaxy – earlier this week to catch wife Victoria in the first night of the comeback tour in Vancouver, Canada, despite having a broken rib.

The star watched that show from afar in an executive box with sons Brooklyn, eight, Romeo, five, and two-year-old Cruz.

David told reporters at the time that he had offered the girls his services as a snapper but most believed he would be doing his duties backstage. “I’ve got a few months off from football, so I just said to the girls: ‘I’ve got a camera, do you want me to do it?’ They thought it was a great idea,” he said.

Instead David captured the scene in San Jose as 16,000 fans crammed into the city’s HP Pavilion to watch the Spice Girls first full U.S. performance of the millennium.

And the group didn’t disappoint as they once again lifted the roof off of the venue with an electric performance to match their first.

Victoria Beckham, 33, Emma Bunton, 31, Geri Halliwell, 35, Melanie Chisholm, 33 and Melanie Brown, 32, took to the stage in their Roberto Cavalli gowns to deafening applause from the crowd.

Their set list stayed the same with a non-stop mix of 22 songs that featured solo performances by Baby, Ginger, Sporty and Scary and a faux fashion catwalk show by Posh.

The San Jose performance – ahead of three gigs in Los Angeles – attracted much of its audience from the nearby city of San Francisco.

But some of the Spice Girls showbiz pals clearly couldn’t bear to wait. Standing alongside David Beckham on the front row was Pop Idol creator Simon Fuller and country singer Carrie Underwood.

Also in attendance were some of the professional partners from U.S. show ‘Dancing With The Stars,’ there to show their support for Mel B, this years runner-up in the competition.

The Spice Girls play their first UK gig at the 02 Arena in London on December 15.