Thane Dunn and his eight piece Cadillac Kings are gearing up for yet another Maritime Tour to Celebrate what would have been the King of Rock and Rolls 78th Birthday and because you asked for it they are finally bringing the Birthday show to Liverpool's Astor Theatre Jan 13.
Thane Dunn returns in January with his Elvis Tribute Act, in celebration of Elvis Presley's birthday. The show takes place Jan. 13 at the Astor Theater.
Dunn has become very well known for his accurate and authentic portrayal of Presley and has developed a cult following in the Maritimes which is now taking him all around the world.
"When I set out to do this I wanted it to be different," says Dunn. "I wanted our tribute to be believable and give the audience the impression that with a little imagination you could believe you were watching the real thing, not the cheesy type of thing people often think of. I've spent a fortune on getting the act where I want to be. I never wanted it to be the norm and I've tried my best to raise the bar and from all accounts it looks like we've succeeded."
In 2009, Dunn won the Worlds Largest International Elvis tribute artist competition and this past July won the Worlds Largest Elvis Gospel Competition.
He has studied voice, Opera and acting lessons to really get into character onstage. His stage costumes are all exact replica's of the originals and some actually have adornments from the original suits. Offstage you wont see Dunn sporting a jumpsuit or white boots, and he think's a good bit of his success is the fact that people know that he leaves the character onstage.
"In my everyday life I'm not trying to be Elvis," says Dunn. "But everyday I'm doing something else to try and perfect the act whether it be vocal exercises, studying countless hours of concert footage trying to pick up different mannerisms and such that Presley did onstage or working out to stay in shape to present a positive image of him."
Dunn never does the same show twice and has a base off over 900 songs to choose from so the show is always fresh. The upcoming is shaping up to be a busy one for Dunn and it looks like this may well be the last Birthday Tour in the Maritimes for sometime.
This year's Birthday Tour has 5 dates in Nova Scotia starting Jan. 10 in Yarmouth, Jan 11 in Truro, Jan. 12 Halifax (Dalhousie Arts Centre), Jan. 13 in Liverpool and the tour will wind down Feb 5 at the Savoy Theatre in Glacebay.
Tickets have sold very well prior to Christmas says Dunn, because Christmas music is so popular that a lot of people are giving tickets as Christmas Gifts.
Tickets available by phone at 902-354-5250 or the Astor Theatre Box Office 59 Gorham St or online at www.astortheatre.ns.ca