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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.