Rock and Roll Hall of famer and former member of the Belmonts, Dion, will visit the F.M. Kirby Center on Friday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 2 at 10:00 a.m. and will be available at the venue box office, online at www.kirbycenter.org and charge by phone at (570) 826-1100.
A Kirby Member Pre-Sale will begging this Wednesday, January 31 at 10:00 a.m.
A street poet and singer of extraordinary versatility, range and resonance, Dion defined Rock 'n' Roll for a generation.
In 1957 he brought the best of the neighborhood street singers together to form his group, Dion and the Belmonts, named after Belmont Avenue in the heart of the Bronx.
"I Wonder Why" was their first hit, and over the next two years the group earned a reputation not only for topping the charts but for creating some of the most vital and exciting doo-wop music on the American scene. With songs such as "A Teenager In Love" and "Where or When," Dion and the Belmonts earned their place in the history books.
Going solo in 1960, Dion racked up a string of number-one hits that many still consider to be the best of the entire rock and roll era, from the rocker "Runaround Sue" to the driving "Lovers Who Wander" to the anthemic "The Wanderer." As the first rock and roll artist ever signed to Columbia Records, he continued his streak with such smashes as "Ruby Baby," "Donna the Prima Donna" and "Drip Drop."
In 1989 Dion was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has never stopped recording, never stopped writing, never stopped performing. He has shared the stage with such longtime Dion fans as Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, and Lou Reed, all of whom cited the originator of the “Bronx Blues” as one of their prime influences.