Tinnitist TV | Episode 21: Dion

The living legend talks about his life, his new album, his upcoming musical & more.

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Dion is clearly an artist who needs no introduction. But since we’re all here, I’ll give him one anyway.

The New York singer-songwriter is practically a founding father of rock ’n’ roll. With his group The Belmonts and on his own, he wrote and sang immortal hits like A Teenager In Love, Runaround Sue, The Wanderer, Ruby Baby and Abraham, Martin and John. He was on The Winter Dance Party Tour with Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper — but didn’t get on their ill-fated flight because he couldn’t bring himself to spend the $36 airfare. Since those days, he’s had plenty of career and personal triumphs and tragedies, from the rock bottom of long-term drug addiction to the high of being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame by Lou Reed. Through it all, he’s never stopped performing, writing and recording. And he hasn’t stopped making great music, like his new album Stomping Ground. The sequel to last year’s Blues With Friends, it features a VIP cast that includes Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons, Peter Frampton, Mark Knopfler, Joe Bonamassa and more. A few weeks back, Dion Zoomed in from his Florida home to talk about Stomping Ground, the upcoming biographical musical The Wanderer, and much more. Watch our chat above, hear Stomping Ground and check out his videos below, and get more Dion at his website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.