Jimmy Osmond Vows To Keep On Singing
Day & Night
Lizzie Catt with Lisa Higgins and Jack Teague
July 30, 2011
JIMMY Osmond has spoken of his heartache over The Osmonds’ “bittersweet” final UK tour but vows that he will still perform once the band members go their separate ways.
Jimmy Osmond, 48, who has entertained fans worldwide for more than four decades, tells Day & Night that he’s sad that the line-up is changing and main singer Merrill, 58, is leaving.
“It’s bittersweet for me,” he says, adding he feels close to his UK fans.
“It’s our final big tour but we won’t stop performing. It’s what we do. A lot of friends and fans come to see multiple nights of our tours so we wanted to say thank you to them – it’s not a victory lap.”
He says the reason for the split is down to individual career and lifestyle choices. “My brothers have been together for over 53 years, 45 years for me, and they want to pursue other things. I’ll still do panto though and my own Jukebox show, and we’ll still play Vegas but it’ll be without Merrill as the main singer.”
Jimmy admits their tour rider is less rock ’n’ roll these days. “We used to have things like video games and other silly things but the older we get, the simpler it gets,” says Jimmy who won’t be doing any training for the Up Close & Personal tour, which runs from March to May 2012. “My tummy is a bit bigger than before so I’ll have to look at that but we won’t be hiding ourselves behind any special effects.”