Today we have another delightful guest Author, Sandra Thomas, who attended The Wembley Arena 31st May concert by The Osmonds for their 50th Anniversary World Tour. Thanks so much Sandra for sharing your experience with us, over to you:
“I just had to write to your blog as I am still buzzing from the effects of seeing the Osmonds at Wembley Arena on Saturday!
Along with thousands of other (yes, sorry – mainly female) Osmond fans I turned up with my friends with great anticipation and excitement (I couldn’t sleep Friday night as I kept dreamingthat Merrill had got me up on stage to sing with him!!).
I have been to many concerts at the arena over the years and I am always amazed at how “intimate” the venue feels, despite its capacity. The goose bumps started as soon as the lights went down and when the sound of the “crazy horses” music came on we all jumped to our feet and you knew that “this was it – the night we had been waiting for all our lives”!!
We were not disappointed! Every song, every second of that concert made me feel like I was in a time warp and I was a young girl again. Their voices, their smiles, the dancing – everything was perfection. The moving video footage of the old days with their family and the scenes of the screaming fans outside the Rainbow theatre were too much to bear and combined with the music, made a lot of us cry!
One of the highlights was when “little” Jimmy Osmond did a roaring rendition of Long Haired Lover from Liverpool – which had the whole crowd on their feet singing their hearts out – fantastic!!
Admin Note: During ‘LHLFL’, huge bouncy balloons were released over the audience heads, as you can see in the image to the left, it was great fun! Photo supplied by Sue Hope (nee Marshall), Admin of “Osmonds Galore”.
Before the concert, my one worry was that they might have thought it a good idea to get Donny to do some of the lead vocals on the “Osmonds” songs – but with the exception of one of my absolute favourites “Darling” (thanks guys!!) it was actually Merrill who sang them – as it should be!! Not that I don’t love Donny , I do, but for me Merrill will always be “the one” – wow that man can sing!
Marie looked and sounded fantastic – I wish her and Donny had sung “Morning Side of The Mountain”, but hey, what they did sing was amazing so I’ll let that one pass.
The second half of the concert just blew everyone away as they sang a medley of all the old hits and when they went off the stage at the end, you knew that with the whole crowd chanting “we want the Osmonds” they just had to come back for one more and when they returned to the stage and sang the encore, the tears flowed again and when we had to finally say goodbye, it was like saying goodbye to a dear, lifelong friend who you knew you probably would never see again but who would remain in your heart forever!
Thank you Alan, Jay, Wayne, Merrill, Donny, Marie and Jimmy – you have made an old lady very happy!!!”