TRURO, N.S. – Receiving stage-side gifts from Elvis impersonator Thane Dunn has become a common theme for Lucas Rushton.
With two rings, a turquoise bracelet and an Elvis chain and medallion already in his possession, the Belmont teen said he was not expecting any further gifts during Dunn’s most recent concert in Truro.
And that is why he was surprised, Rushton said, when Dunn called him up to the stage, removed a gold ring from his finger and handed it down to him.
“I didn’t think I would get another one,” Rushton, 15, said, of the ring. “I was really thankful for it and I thought it was pretty cool.”
The ring is a copy of one Elvis wore in the mid 1970s and which was made by one of his actual jewellers in Hollywood, California,” Dunn said, of the band shaped to look like the face of an owl.
While presenting the ring, Dunn told the audience in the CEC auditorium during his concert that Rushton had helped him out by putting up posters around town in advance of the show.
“Lucas reminds me of myself when I was his age,” Dunn later told the Truro Daily News. “He is a free spirit who has a heart of gold and I believe he would help out anyone.”
Rushton, who was introduced to Elvis music by his grandmother, Nellie Rhuland, has been attending Dunn’s concerts since he was eight years old. Since then, the pair have developed a solid friendship and mutual respect for each other.
Dunn told last week’s Truro audience that his most cherished trophy is one that Rushton gave him several years ago.
Fr. Lucas. Your #1 Fan
Aug. 18, 2014,” the trophy reads.
“I travel quite often and meet loads of people and their kids and I can almost sense talent and I have a pretty good idea that Lucas will make a living in show business,” Dunn said. “I gave him that ring because I’ve seen him come to my shows since he was very young and shorter than the actual stage and watched him grow into a fine young man.”
Rushton, who is studying drama and music at the CEC, said he does hope to become a professional actor.
“I like how people can look up to you and how you can be somebody else when you are on stage,” he said.
And this is precisely how he looks at Dunn.
“I like him as a person and he is a really good Elvis,” he said. “I’ve heard Elvis sing and he sounds exactly like him.”
Dunn is planning another concert in Truro on Dec. 17. And he said he will definitely be asking Rushton “to help out with a few things” for that show.
“I’m very proud of him,” Dunn said.