Osmond To Delight 'Puppy Lovers' at
Luhrs Center Aug 26
by Holly Fletcher
August 11, 2011
Seventies’ teen idol Donny Osmond is taking a break from the Donny & Marie headlining show at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas to hit the road for a solo concert tour.
The “Donny, Basically Yours” tour began earlier this month and stops in Shippensburg on Aug. 26, at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center.
Osmond is expected to perform a career-spanning mix of songs, from his pre-teen hits to songs from his latest album. He took time out recently to talk about his tour.
“Well, it’s been four years since the last time I toured on my own,” he said, during a recent phone interview. “We expected to be in Vegas for six months, which became a year and then two years, which I am not complaining about one bit. I love it. But it’s nice to take a little break and stretch my chops a bit more as a solo artist,” he said.
This concert will be much more up-close and personal than his normal shows, said Osmond.
“It’s getting back to basics, and we want the audience to sort of direct the show. If they want songs, we’ll sing them, if they want a Q & A-type setting, we’ll do it,” he said.
His director and engineer are also working on some kind of multi-media secret that will allow the audience to go back in time and remember some of Osmond’s most memorable moments.
“I’m excited,” he said. “It’ll just be six of us; three musicians, sound guy, computer guy, me … it’s basically yours. More like a smoky lounge atmosphere,” he said.
The best part of performing live on stage, for Osmond, is the audience.
“It’s that immediate reaction,” he said. “I love live entertainment. It’s more pressure, but it’s real; no hiding behind trickery or lip sync.”
Osmond describes his audiences as the “puppy lovers” - those who grew up with him in the 70s. But since the Disney movie Mulan (he is the singing voice of Shang) and the movie College Road Trip (who could forget Doug?), plus his Dancing with the Stars win in 2009, his fan base has broadened considerably. Earlier this year, he and sister Marie released their first studio album in over 30 years, and he’s been tinkering with a possible game show pilot for CBS.
Osmond seems to have done it all.
“Well, I’ve done all I want to do and now I’m just expanding on what I’ve done; although, I think, in the back of my mind, that maybe a duet with Justin Bieber would be okay. If it was the right song,” he said.
When asked about his “purple sock years” Osmond laughed and said, “What can I say? OCD to a ‘T’!”
When he’s not touring, Osmond loves to spend time with his family, which includes five children, two grandchildren and his wife of 31 years.
“My opinion is that show biz will end someday, the curtain WILL come down, but family never goes away. You need to protect that. Some artists who have been around the block lose sight of priorities. My family is my anchor. There’s been a lot of different rollercoaster rides in my career, but family has kept me focused.”
The “Donny, Basically Yours” tour consists of about seven shows, and then it’s back to Vegas by the first or second week of September.
For more information, visit www.donny.com
For tickets to the Shippensburg show, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 477-SHOW of visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com