Thursday, 4 June 2015
154 On Tour With The Osmonds
Watched : 16 January 1974
This was a one off fly on the wall documentary about The Osmonds' 1973 UK tour. Besides on-stage footage you saw them relaxing offstage , being interviewed by Michael Aspel and Ed Stewart and running away from the hysteria as fast as their legs could carry them. You also saw some of the logistics through discussions among the band's staff, the venues' people and the police and of course there was plenty of footage of hysterical teen girls.
One scene that disturbed me at the time was of a wall collapsing at Heathrow Airport and a girl being pulled away with blood streaking down her face. Seeing it again on YouTube with the benefit of colour, it's actually her long hair that's fallen around her face and her distress is post-orgasmic rather than injury-related. In fact no one was seriously injured in the incident as is explained to a concerned Alan Osmond ( who comes across as a thoroughly nice guy ) as they leave the airport. Oh well that's one childhood memory exploded .
The film also includes some wonderful little glimpses of the old Belle Vue Amusement Park in Manchester , the venue for many a day out in the mid-seventies but now all but obliterated. Even without that , Osmondmania seems an awful long time ago now; all those screaming girls will be in their mid-fifties , doubtless telling their granddaughters that Beiber isn't a patch on Donny. And of course, they're right.