Crazy Horses could not keep fans away from the Osmonds' Swindon tour
EAGER fans queued expectantly for hours to catch a glimpse of three Osmond brothers ahead of their sell out show at the Wyvern Theatre yesterday.
Merrill, Jay and Jimmy Osmond sold out their show too early for many fans, prompting the theatre to schedule an earlier performance for those who missed out.
The trio brought their American Jukebox Show to Swindon. The group shot to fame in the 70s and between them have recorded more than 200 albums, sold more than 100 million copies, with 59 gold and platinum recordings.
The show featured hits ranging from One Bad Apple and Down By The Lazy River to Love Me For A Reason and Crazy Horses.
And they were greeted by devoted fans, many of whom had been following them for years and were amazed they had decided to come to Swindon.
Deborah Coleman, 52, was getting ready to take in two back-to-back performances after she treated her 82-year-old mother to the show before going in with her friends.
“I bought tickets months ago for the evening show, but my mum said she had taken me to see them when I was 14 so I felt I should bring her as well,” she said. “So I am now going to both shows this evening, once with my mum and again with my girlfriends.
“I saw them in 1974 at Earls Court, and again about 10 years ago when my youngest son got up on stage with Donny. We had been going out in London anyway, and we didn’t realise they were having a fancy dress competition at the gig. My son came in second when he hadn’t even gone in fancy dress!
“The Osmonds are like good wine; they get better with age.”
Debbie Matthews, 49, said: “I have always loved them, ever since I first saw them when I was a kid. We are Swindon born and bred, but I never thought I would see them come to Swindon. I saw them in Earls Court when I was a kid, and my mum spent all her birthday money to get us there, so this is very special.”
David Nicholls, 55: “We have been to Cardiff and Birmingham to see them in the past, so to have them on your doorstep is a real treat. This was only a 10-minute bus ride.”
Karen Jones, 49, said: “I am a bit of a fanatic for Donny. I have been all over the place to see them. When we went to Belfast we even stayed in the same hotel as them, on the same floor. We have been twice to Cardiff to see them, including their 50th anniversary show.
“We got the tickets from a friend as an anniversary present. This could be their final tour, so we were not going to miss it. I think they will want to go out while they are on top.”
“It is a real showbusiness family, and they have got their siblings still going, so it is not like they are going to disappear. I am hoping they will do a tour next year so I can have that as a 50th birthday present.”
Tina Davies, 55, an usher at the Wyvern, queued from noon to catch a moment with the brothers.
“I have been a fan of the Osmonds since I was about 16 or 17,” she said.
“I could not believe it when I heard that they were coming here, but unfortunately I rang up too late to get a ticket. Luckily they put on the extra show so I got a ticket for the earlier one.
“I am a little disappointed that Donny is not here because he was my favourite; we are about the same age. He was one of my first heart-throbs.”
Richard Loftus, marketing manager at the Wyvern, said: “I am thrilled that the Osmonds came to play in Swindon. They are wholesome family entertainment and have stood the test of time.”