Moncton entertainer bringing king’s birthday celebration back to Truro
TRURO – Within two weeks of starting an Elvis birthday tour, Thane Dunn knew he had something big.
Thane Dunn and the Cadillac Kings are brining Elvis’s birthday celebration tour back to Truro one last time. The 10th year of the tour starts at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 1 at the Cobequid Educational Centre. Submitted photo
“I had a good idea of what I might be onto, but after the first two weeks, I knew I was onto a good thing,” said Dunn, an Elvis impersonator who is bringing the birthday tour to Truro early in February.
“Next year is going to be our 10th year and I wanted to go out as a bang. The thing about it is, is that it’s gotten to a point where the show really sells itself,” he said. “The world loves Elvis.”
On Feb. 1, Dunn and the Cadillac Kings will hit the stage at the Cobequid Educational Centre for the birthday tour one last time.
“It’s not to say we won’t be doing this somewhere else, and we might be back,” he said.
Over the years, Dunn said he’s had reports that the show gets better with each passing year.
This year, however, it might even be the best.
The band has since been revamped and now includes three East Coast Music Award winners, a gospel award winner and a back-up singer from England.
“They know Elvis,” he said. “We are a tribute band and I think they are more bang on than before.”
Making a personal health choice is also adding to Dunn’s performance. Because his family has been affected by cancer in the past, Dunn decided to finally quit smoking and the result, he said, is “amazing.”
“The way my voice has changed…I sound more like Elvis now. I can’t wait to perform this tour. I feel like I’m just starting this.”
The change in his voice, said Dunn, is allowing him to perform some songs he wasn’t able to sing before.
Along with new songs in the repertoire and new costumes in the closet, Dunn is giving away one of the stuffed hound dogs Elvis was known to throw into the crowds in the early 1970s.
“They’re a rare commodity but I was able to get my hands on one,” said Dunn about the 12-inch dog.
At all the shows, audience members will have a chance to win the dog. Half their ticket will go into a draw, and one number of each of the seven shows will be drawn. The names will then go into another draw, with that name winning the hound dog.
“I got it from a man in Las Vegas. I’ve collecting a lot of stuff over the years and started collecting stuff Elvis would’ve had,” he said.
As details are finalized, Dunn said the performance at CEC will help support the Colchester Food Bank.
“It’s nice to be able to give back to the places that have been so good to me. I like playing in Truro. It seems to be old-fashioned. People will say hi. They’re just so nice.”
He said many have seen all of his shows locally and make a point to be friendly.
“It’s a strange way to make a living, but it’s the best job in the world,” said Dunn.
IF YOU GO:
Who: Thane Dunn and the Cadillac Kings
What: 10th anniversary of Elvis’s birthday tour
When: Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Cobequid Educational Centre
Tickets: Available at MacQuarries Pharmasave, by phone at 1-888-311-9090 and online at www.ticketpro.ca