REVIEW: The Osmonds - Grand Theatre, Blackpool

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They’ve been around for five decades and sold 100 million records, so is it any wonder the Osmonds had the audience eating out of their hands at the Grand?

The five brothers had their heyday in the 1970s and from the outset it was clear many of the crowd remembered those days, chants of ‘we want the Osmonds’ ringing around the auditorium.

Now they are three, but Merrill, 60, Jay, 58 and 50-year-old ‘Little’ Jimmy sang all of the band’s hits, from Down By The Lazy River and The Proud One, to Crazy Horses and Let Me In.

But they showcased their versatility here by covering everything from Elvis Presley to the Doobie Brothers – where Merrill, comically, forgot the words.

The house lights went up as Jimmy pointed out Shane Ritchie Jr and ‘Auntie’ Linda Nolan sitting in the upper circle, and the biggest applause of the night was for the poignant ballad, Remember Me, dedicated to the memory of Bernie Nolan.

The Osmonds last played The Grand in 2005, but obviously love the place. On this showing, it’s clear Blackpool loves them too.

SANDRA MANGAN