Donny Osmond performing his Soundtrack Of My Life Tour at The Motorpoint Arena Nottingham on Saturday 28th January 2017
Images and Review by Kevin Cooper
Legendary singer and performer Donny Osmond brought a sprinkling of Las Vegas to a packed Motorpoint Arena last night and caused a mini version of the Osmondmania that he and his famous brothers were responsible for in the 70’s.
Looking a fraction of his 59 years he came onto the stage with his band and four dancers, and went straight into a mash up of songs that would have left anyone half his age needing a sit down.
With the audience immediately up on their feet, Puppy Love was given the mandatory airing causing a mass sing along. He delivered a very acceptable cover of Al Green’s Lets Stay Together and The Beatles The Long And Winding Road, whilst a huge backdrop screen showed a mixture of old music videos, treasured family photographs and many shared memories.
With his diehard fans going weak at the knees with each rendition of his many hits spanning decades from One Bad Apple to his recently released studio album, Soundtrack Of My Life, the interval came too soon.
The second half saw his repeated easy banter with the audience and some Q & A’s from the crowd which saw Donny serenade some very lucky ladies with the likes of Go Away Little Girl and Why (Because I Love You), much to the concern of the security men who saw him engulfed by a wave of adoring fans.
Particular highlights were his 1989 solo hit, Soldier Of Love, and his brilliant new song Survivor. There was also the very moving Love Me For A Reason sung before a back drop of the last music video he made with his brothers. After honouring his mentor Andy Williams with a silky smooth Moon River, he brought the main set to a raucous end with his own version of Crazy Horses.
The evening ended fittingly with This Is The Moment, sung before a display of pictures that had been taken during the show. With his charming, playful and genuine easy going relationship with his fans, this was a trip down memory lane that many of them will queue to go on again.