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Little Jimmy's still a big star

It's rewind time as The Osmonds announce they are coming back to Newcastle.

It's rewind time as The Osmonds announce they are coming back to Newcastle. Entertainment Editor Gordon Barr gets the details from band member Jimmy.

It's 8am on the West Coast of America, and Jimmy Osmond admits he's feeling a little weary.

He stifles a yawn as he apologises for being tired, but is quick to point out it is due to his busy work schedule.

"It's incredible," he says. "I'm probably busier now than I have been since the 70s."

That's saying something. In the early to mid-70s, no-one came close to The Osmonds in the pop stakes.

Jimmy, of course, had his biggest hit as a solo artist with Long-Haired Lover From Liverpool, but these days is content to be part of the group too.

"It's amazing, very humbling. So many groups never get the opportunity to have that kind of longevity. We never ever take it for granted," he says.

The Osmonds are coming back to Newcastle in April next year as part of the Once In A Lifetime Rewind tour. The show, on April 11 at the Metro Radio Arena, will also feature David Cassidy, David Essex and Showaddywaddy. Tickets go on sale on Friday.

"It's more fun this time around than it ever was. We really do appreciate it more," says Jimmy.

"Everything went so fast in the old days, doing tours all over the world, television shows, recording. These days I'm more into quality versus quantity."

Back in their heyday, The Osmonds and David Cassidy were arch-enemies. Fans were either in the Osmond camp or the Cassidy camp.

These days, though, it's a case of everyone sticking together to relive past glories.

"We're friendly. You know, it was really fun to work with these guys," continues Jimmy.

"We did really good doing our own shows but when we found out we had the chance to work with David Cassidy and David Essex we jumped at it - playing the big arenas, it seemed such a cool thing to do.

"I love it in the UK too. I practically lived there for a couple of years.

"I love the people and, of course, our heritage is from there."

Tickets for Once In A Lifetime Rewind go on sale on Friday from the usual outlets.

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