THE Osmond Brothers have been entertaining their fanatical fans for 50 years, but sadly all good things must come to an end and next year the evergreen foursome will embark on a farewell tour of the UK.
Merrill, Wayne, Jay and little Jimmy Osmond plan to go out with a bang, packing in 50 intimate shows in just two months, including a stop at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre.
“I’m really excited about it, but it’s also kind of bittersweet,” said Jimmy. “I’m thrilled to be celebrating what we have been doing for so many years, but what I’ve always enjoyed most during my career is working with my brothers, so it will be kind of sad knowing this is our last big tour.”
The brothers have achieved amazing success over the past 50 years as a group and as solo performers selling over 100 million albums with 59 gold and platinum recordings. But they have decided to call it a day over here to pursue their own projects and spend more time with their families – and it’s clear they have earned a break.
“We have always done 100 to 200 shows a year since I was a kid,” said Jimmy, the youngest of the Osmonds. “The most shows I did in a year was 360 – we owned our own theatres so they quickly add up.
“At some point you just go: ‘Wow, my brothers have been doing this for 50 years’. So it’s time to call it a day, but we love what we do so they will still be around and I will be doing my craziness still.”
When the Osmond tour bus arrives in the country next March the brothers will be entertaining fans who have been coming to their shows since the 1970s, so Jimmy expects to see some familiar faces in the crowd.
“When we come to the UK we get caravans full of people who follow us from place to place,” he said.
“Over the years you get to know the fans and then their husbands and daughters. When people have been that loyal you really get to know them, it’s cool.
“With this tour we’re doing lots of smaller theatres rather than the big arenas so you can actually see the people in the crowd and interact with them.
“We are doing the kind of show where people can shout out a song they want to hear or a memory from the past and we will do it.”
Some of the songs shouted out are more than likely to be the brothers’ hits like Love Me For A Reason, Crazy Horses and Long Haired Lover From Liverpool.
The lyrics to Jimmy’s Mersey-based hit are probably truer now more than ever as he spends up to eight months a year working on TV and stage in England.
He has appeared in West End productions of Grease and Chicago, disappeared into the jungle for ITV’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and is a regular in pantos.
“I love panto because it’s really creative. It’s a fun outlet and I feel comfortable doing it,” he said. “I’ve tried to explain it to my friends in the US but they haven’t got a clue.
“My kids just love coming to the UK with me. My daughter was a bunny rabbit in Cinderella with me last year. If I had my way I’d be over in the UK all the time.”
For tickets to see The Osmond Brothers in Aylesbury on March 13 2012 call 0844 871 7607 or go to www.ambassadortickets.com/aylesbury