Glass Tiger performs private concert for 95-year-old fan in Mayerthorpe
'Definitely better than a game of bingo,' says Jean Savage
Jean Savage, 95, has been listening to Canadian rock band Glass Tiger for more than 30 years, but never expected a private concert at her retirement home.
But that's what happened Friday when the group performed one of their hit singles, Someday, to Savage at the Pleasant View Lodge in Mayerthorpe, about 130 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.
A video posted to social media shows the 95-year-old clapping along to the hit and watching in awe as lead singer Alan Frew sings to her.
"You have no idea unless you're there yourself," she said Saturday. "It was just so marvellous. Outstanding."
WATCH: Glass Tiger performs for senior in Mayerthorpe
The band stopped in to see one of their biggest fans on their way to Whitecourt where they performed at Eagle River Casino Friday evening.
Glass Tiger's frontman said the band had originally planned on just saying hello but they were so inspired by her long-lasting love of their music that they performed.
"It turned into an impromptu moment that I hope just lives in her heart forever because I know it will live in mine," Frew said Saturday.
"This tops it all. I don't think I've serenaded a true Glass Tiger fan who is 95 years of age."
Savage was on her way to play a game of bingo when she was brought downstairs by staff who said they had a surprise for her.
"I thought the surprise was my great-granddaughter coming to visit me. And Lord love me, they opened the doors and in walked Alan. I flipped out," she said.
"Definitely better than a game of bingo."
One of the staff members at the lodge helped to arrange the band's visit after hearing Savage listening to Glass Tiger in her room a few weeks ago, Savage said.
Savage has been an avid listener since the late 1980s after her grandson introduced her to the band.
Yet, despite being a big fan, Savage had never seen the group in concert before Friday.
Denice Harrison, who drove the band from Edmonton to Whitecourt on Friday, captured the intimate concert on video and shared it via social media.
Harrison, who is also a fan of the band, was as surprised as Savage when the group started singing.
"It sounded just so good," she said. "We were all a little awestruck."
Frew said Savage is probably the band's oldest fan so they plan on keeping in touch.
"My plan is to serenade her on her 100th birthday provided that I am still alive," Frew said.
More than a day after the band performed for her, Savage said she was still jittery and had been playing their music on repeat.
"You know after listening to the music all those years, and meeting them face-to-face, you have no idea. They're just so wonderful."