TRURO – It’s been 40 years since the passing of Elvis Presley, but his spirit will live on next month at Cobequid Educational Centre.
Thane Dunn, an international world champion Elvis tribute artist, is bringing a special 40th anniversary performance to the auditorium on Oct. 7.
“We’ve thrown out all the stops, such as including his catalog of music from the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s,” said Dunn. “Normally our shows are music from the ‘70s.”
He said it’s because people always seem to request hits from the previous years, and he wants to give the people want they want.
“This is by the far the best show yet.”
Part of that statement is the newest member of the Cadillac Kings – Bill Baize – who was part of the Stamps Quartet from 1971 to 1976 and performed with Elvis.
“He’s on stage with us, re-doing the same role as he did with Elvis. We’re honoured to have him with us. It was a very authentic show before, but with Bill it’s 10 times more believable.”
It was a friend of Dunn’s in the United States that knew Baize and vouched for Dunn’s work.
“Bill doesn’t perform with people who do what I do very often,” he admitted. “The audience has eaten him up.”
When the two first met, Dunn said he was a nervous wreck, but that quickly went away.
“With Bill and I, it feel like we’ve known each other for 40 years. It was instantaneous. He has stories about everything. The best thing about him is everything is very positive. There’s never a negative word out of his mouth.”
Performing with Elvis for five years, Baize will share some of those stories with the audience at the show.
For those who have seen Dunn’s performances before, they may notice a change in the notes he’s singing.
“Bill is my vocal coach. He’s been called one of the greatest tenor singers out there. He’s been working with me and I’ve been hitting notes now that I was struggling with before,” said Dunn.
Returning to Truro is always a thrill for Dunn, who says the audience is always so supportive.
“I feel as if I was born in Truro and I don’t know it,” he laughed. “They love it. The thing we’re very careful about is it’s never the same show twice. It’s always a brand new show in Truro. It’s an amazing feeling.”
To mark the anniversary of Elvis’ passing, fans can enter online at thanedunn.ca for an authenticated Elvis Presley autograph (with letter of authenticity) shadowboxed with a pair of sunglasses made with the same mould by the same man as Elvis’ originals.
For more information on the show, including to buy tickets online, visit thanedunn.ca. Tickets can also be purchased through TicketPro, and at MacQuarries Pharmasave on the Esplanade.