Jimmy Osmond Talks To Freetime About
The Osmonds Tour
Bucks Free Press
August 12, 2011
JIMMY Osmond does not take himself too seriously and neither, it seems, does his family.
Which is perhaps why The Osmonds have continued to be popular and why four of the brothers are bringing their final tour, Up Close and Personal, to the UK.
Wayne, Merrill, Jay and Jimmy will tour as a foursome for the final time, which they said is to say thank you to their UK fans.
When asked if it really will be the last tour Jimmy laughs: “Heck no. Well you know it is for this line up of brothers. We are a family. We will always do stuff together.”
He said his brother, Merrill, who is always the lead singer of the brothers wants to work on his own music.
He added: “We are kinda decided this line up of brothers is going to change. I am too young to quit. We are young enough and talented enough to do what we can.”
The Osmonds have a long history. The Osmond Brothers- Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay, first recorded their first album in 1963 and since then, along with Donny, Marie and Jimmy, have recorded about 200 albums collectively and individually.
Jimmy, 48, is the youngest of the family and is the youngest performer to have a no.1 single in the UK singles chart with Long Haired Lover from Liverpool in 1972.
Osmond said he was excited about the tour but there is also a tinge of sadness.
“It is kinda bitter-sweet. They have allowed me to be there. I have done my own thing- my favourite thing to do is put together tours for them.”
He is also a successful businessman and has developed and supervised much of the Osmonds' merchandising business.
He said his brothers are the longest running group who have never been disbanded.
He said: “There are groups who have been around longer than us but they are not the original guys.”
But Osmond said he is grateful for every day and never expects it to last.
He said: “If you hold onto it very hard people can sense it and don't like you any more. I love the challenge of trying different things.
“Now, I am into panto. It is so fun. I am not dead yet- I might as well try new things.”
He said for the last few years he has been in the UK for seven or eight months of the year. His family come across with him and said: “We all love it there. If I could find a real job I would be there 24/7.
“If you know me at all I don't take myself too seriously.”
He has appeared in numerous TV shows including Come Dine With Me with Nicky Clarke, Nancy Sorrell and Caprice. He said: “The dinner was really good but by the time the camera started running it was cold.
Nicky and I stayed in touch. My daughter just turned 16 and I brought her over with me. He gave her this funky hair do. She is very beautiful- she takes after her mother.
“All these shows you do- you really do make friends. You create quick friendships like I did in the Jungle.”
But it is the family bond which seems to have made the family what they are today. He laughed “We hate each other really. We do disagree constantly. We do fight and we do argue. That is part of the magic because we let it out. I probably drive my brothers crazy but we keep coming back for more.
“They are like a comfortable pair of shoes you put on. They are my brothers.”
And what is his message for his fans: “Just thank you. Come along. We will cry together, laugh together and have fun and remember the time when we were lucky enough to have records on the radio.”
The Osmonds are at the Wycombe Swan on May 1 at 7.30pm. Tickets range from £28.50 to £30.50 from www.wycombeswan.co.uk or call 01494512000. They will be at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre on March 13 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £29.50 with a booking fee from www.atgtickets.com/Aylesbury-Waterside-Theatre