by Mario Jekel
Monday , april 30.
Today we left early for a weekend of "Up , Close and Personal "concerts, starting up with Oxford.
We left to trafel with Eurostar from Calais to Folkstone and then off to Oxford.
When we arived in Oxford , our hotel , seemed to be a rebuilded jail-house from the early days.
They changed the cell-blocks into bedrooms but they tried to keep the authentity of the jail-house as much as possible.
We were "locked in" in the "house of corrections " where they put youth delinquents to keep them on the right track except of course without the luxury of the hotel.
Oxford is a city of 150000 citizins and also called " city of dreaming peaks " -because of the buildings rising up above average heigth.
Well-known here is "Christ Church College "where they filmed a couple of Harry Potter films..
We had a little time left to walk through Covered Market, with lots of different shops
BUT OF COURSE the most important thing was the concert which was given at the New Theatre in Oxford.
The Venue was almost sold out, except for a couple of balcony seats left.
Our seats were on balcony, first row, not bad at all, if you want to have a good overview of the stage and audience.
The atmosphere was very relaxing.
The evening started like every night with a Trivia quiz, to see your knowledge of the Osmonds facts.
After the break the Osmonds opened with Crazy Horses and the whole audience joined in, with all songs, the new ones included.
As you all know it was Merrill's birthday and of course it was mentionned couple of times, and Jimmy even had made a cartoon of Merrill with his name written as Melvis
The concert contained barbershop songs, a medley of old and new songs, Closing down with Goin'Home
They gave another encore and then the curtain fell; Looking back at a great concert, a great atmosphere and a great audience!!
On to the next one!