Dick Dale

by J. Lyon Layden


December 2 - December 8, 1999

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Dick Dale
with The M.I.G.S. and The Surf Lords

Monday, Dec. 6; Launchpad (21 and over, 8:30 p.m.): He is the inventor of surf guitar. The father of heavy metal. The co-creator (with Leo Fender) of the Stratocaster and the Dual Showman Amp. He was the first human to play in excess of 100 watts; and then he wanted more, man! Dick Dale rescued the electric guitar from relative obscurity and turned it into an instrument to truly be reckoned with. He was the first true power guitarist, and classic rockers from Hendrix to the Beach Boys list him as a major influence. His surf opus "Miserlou" inspired the blockbuster field day Pulp Fiction, and today we seem to hear his still-groundbreaking music accompanying every other commercial on prime time. And yet Dick Dale, a.k.a. the Ripper, "Monsta Godzilla" in Japanese, is still not recognized in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The reason for this is simple. The Hall of Fame couldn't tell the difference between the sound of rock 'n' roll and the sound of a surfer getting chomped on by a mako shark. Dick Dale is the King! He taught all the "Boys in the Hall." And if you let him (simply by showing up), he'll teach you a thing or two as well.


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