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June 23, 2008

Tribute artist Thane Dunn shows the King's wild side during motorcycle festival concert


Elvis Presley loved his motorcycles, so it seems fitting that Moncton tribute artist Thane Dunn is revved up for a show at the Capitol Theatre Friday night in conjunction with the second annual Atlanticade Motorcycle Festival.

"Elvis had about 25 motorcycles and loved to ride them, even though he was more famous for all his cars," says Dunn.

"I think motorcycles allowed him more freedom to get out and escape and get the wind in his hair."

The Atlanticade motorcycle festival begins Wednesday and continues through to Sunday, with a variety of events including a downtown street party, show & shines, scenic tours of southeastern New Brunswick, Canada, a biker build-off competition and the Elvis tribute show at the Capitol Theatre Friday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are $32.50, with proceeds going to the Children's Wish Foundation, Atlanticade's official charity. Atlanticade participants can purchase tickets for $20.

Presley's collection of motorcycles included mostly Harley-Davidson and Triumph bikes, including some police-style bikes which complemented his collection of badges and guns. And there are many photos taken by fans of the singer out riding near his Graceland mansion in Memphis.

Elvis historians say the singer loved to ride because it gave him a chance to get away from the hectic pace and constant demands on his time.

Dunn says there is a famous story about a motorcyclist who stopped at a red light near the Houston Astrodome.

A big limo pulled up beside him, the door opened and a man came over and said 'Elvis wants to know if he can take your bike for a ride.' The man laughed as if it was a joke, and then Elvis appeared.

So the guy let Elvis take his Harley for a spin. When The King returned, he handed the man a ring that was later valued at over $30,000.

Dunn says the story is another example of how Presley connected with his fans and spread his wealth around.

"They almost felt like they knew him personally. He had a really big heart."

Dunn says his Friday night concert at the Capitol Theatre ( will be filled with straight-ahead rock and roll songs like Burnin' Love and Suspicious Minds.

"You can listen to Elvis music but you can't see him anymore. It's taken me a long time to get to the point where I'm confident that I can create the image on stage that you think it's the real thing.

"I feel I have a good representation of what Elvis looked and sounded like."

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