Thelma Moore, 84 and best Kay Hutton, 84 have been friends for 75 years and just realized they'd never been to a rock concert.
Credits: Jack Boland / Toronto Sun / QMI Agency
That's exactly what longtime pals Thelma Moore and Kay Hutton -- both 84 years old -- proved Monday night when the duo hit the Air Canada Centre to see supergroup Bon Jovi perform at the Air Canada Centre and take in their first ear-spitting, sensory-overloading rock concert..
The widowed grandmothers are childhood friends who have gone on cruises and summer getaways together.
Grey-haired and bespectacled, the women thought they had done it all.
But Moore, after realizing they had only seen concerts by the likes of jazz crooners Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra, suggested they check out a rock show.
"Kay and I were talking and I said, 'Something we haven't done is go to a rock concert, and we should go before we leave this Earth'," said Moore, admitting they had felt some trepidation about going to such big, loud event
and being surrounded by thousands of screaming fans.
Moore was asked how she thought she would feel after catching her first whiff of marijuana during the show -- something not uncommon at rock concerts.
"I don't know. What does it smell like?"
When Moore's son, Blair, caught wind of their idea, he suggested they order tickets, buy ear plugs and go for it.
"My mother said (lead singer Jon Bon Jovi) was nice to look at, so she's going to have something in common with a lot of other women there," he said.
It was QMI Agency's Rita DeMontis who first heard of the planned night out. The veteran lifestyle editor used her connections ensure the evening went smoothly.
Moore and Hutton were picked up by limousine and delivered to Toronto's Kit Kat Italian Bar and Grill, where owner Al Carbone provided them with plenty of wine and a shot each of sambuka.
"I don't know what their health is like, but they must be healthy enough to do it," Carbone said.
Sammy Wong, limo driver to the stars, provided the friends with transportation.