Fridge Mag­nets to at­tract crowds

Os­monds get set for ma­jor farewell to fans “A string of clas­sic hits”

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - MUSIC SCENE - By Eoin Smith By Scott Beg­bie

The Mal­paso Gang.

OF­TEN in show­busi­ness the truth be­hind a leg­endary act’s pub­lic im­age bears no re­sem­blance to re­al­ity. But not so with The Os­monds – the brothers re­ally are as nice and as car­ing to their fans as they have been por­trayed for more than five decades. So it’s no sur­prise that when they de­cided to call a halt to tour­ing, they de­cided to do it with an ex­ten­sive cir­cuit of the UK so they can thank their de­voted fol­low­ers. And the tour will in­clude a gig at Aberdeen’s Mu­sic Hall on April 23, next year. Jimmy Os­mond said: “This time we are not play­ing the big are­nas. We are play­ing a show called Up Close And Per­sonal where it’s a lot more in­for­mal, a lot more fun, where peo­ple can call out a song and we will do it. “We have more than 50 dates, our big­gest in the UK, be­cause we wanted to have time where we could meet and Play­ing a se­lec­tion of orig­i­nal songs and cov­ers, Oliver is a reg­u­lar in the Lemon Tree Lounge and his brand of acous­tic gui­tar pop is al­ways a wel­come ad­di­tion to pro­ceed­ings. With an EP – Chasers, Tales and Bro­ken Hearts – due out later this year, this is a set not to be missed. Ev­ery­thing kicks off at 12.30pm and, best of all, it’s free. Dis­cussing the Lemon Tree, Oliver, greet peo­ple and say thanks.” Even though he is speak­ing from his home in Utah, thou­sands of miles from the UK, and their tour isn’t due to start un­til next spring, Jimmy’s en­thu­si­asm and how much he is look­ing for­ward to com­ing to Bri­tain and Aberdeen is crys­tal clear. He said: “We haven’t ever played Aberdeen be­fore and we’re look­ing for­ward to it. “That’s one of the rea­sons we wanted to do this tour. “I love tour­ing with my brothers and we al­ways re­ally en­joy the UK and tour­ing there. “But this is kind of a bit­ter­sweet tour for me, per­son­ally. Even though it’s a cel­e­bra­tion of work­ing to­gether for so many years – 53 years for my brothers and 45 for me – it’s go­ing to be the last one. “You’ll see us on shows, singing on TV or do­ing one­offs, but as a proper tour, this is it.” The Os­monds cranked out a string of clas­sic hits, in­clud­ing One Bad Ap­ple, Down By The Lazy River, Let Me In, Love Me For A Rea­son, Crazy Horses and, of course, Jimmy’s own Long Haired Lover From Liver­pool. In the 1970s Os­mond­ma­nia was a global phe­nom­e­non, with mil­lions of scream­ing girls mak­ing them the big­gest band on the planet. They were heady days said Jimmy. “There was a thrill of be­ing able to go to a con­cert and not sing a sin­gle note and the screams would last the en­tire time,” he said. “But if you started to get a big head one of your brothers would slap you and tell you this isn’t a real thing and not to think you are all that.” But for all the ado­ra­tion, there was a darker side to

ROY­ALTY: Above: Frank Si­na­tra, and be­low Her Majesty the Queen. THE KING: Elvis Pres­ley gave The Os­monds tips.

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