Crowd turns out for Dick Dale and his gospel of surf
The King of Surf Guitar shared the gospel with his people. And, boy was the Belly Up congregation feeling it.
Dick Dale performed Wednesday night in Solana Beach to a crowd of surfers and rock ‘n’ roll traditionalists.
His sound has been synonymous with surf culture since the 1950s. And at 72, the guitarist hasn’t slowed his signature speeding strum and his live sound still conjures up decades of pop culture memories, from the “Pulp Fiction” soundtrack to the Guitar Hero II track list.
Dale laid low for a while after releasing his latest album, “Spacial Disorientation” (Dick Dale Records/The Orchard 2001). Then, as a note from Dale on his official Web site explains, Dale was diagnosed with cancer in early 2008 and underwent surgery.
In June 2009, he hit the road with Forever Came Calling, the pop punk band his 17-year-old son Jimmy drums with.
The Heavy Guilt also opened for Dale, wooing the audience with their unique blend of folk, soul and blues.
— Halie Johnson
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