Friday Night: Dick Dale At The Continental Club

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Photos by Jay Lee
Dick Dale
Continental Club
April 13, 2012

Dick Dale, the king of surf rock and grandfather of metal, played decades of music Friday night at the Continental with his near-thrash guitar licks. He's the man behind that iconic riff opening the movie Pulp Fiction, which was also borrowed for an annoyingly catchy Black Eyed Peas song.

Of course, figurative flames were bursting behind him as he was laying down tunes. Dale was even properly positioned onstage to have his hair blowing throughout his vintage shredding.

Dale, born Richard Anthony Monsour, proclaimed to the crowd his pride in keeping it "old school," starting off by showing us how easily he could craft hits by, say, Johnny Cash into something of his own torrential energy.

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Now that you may have a ridiculous godlike mental image of Dale, as he well deserves, mind you this man is almost 75 years old and has battled cancer. Not a gram of illness could be seen in his performance, keeping up more bravado than most performers in their mid-40s.

Though, in reality, despite having lived a straight edge life, avoiding recreational drugs of any kind, and having been a vegetarian for decades, Dale is in fact struggling to keep some serious health issues at bay.

I spoke to Dale and his wife Lana after the show, and they shared with me how he has played several times being dangerously ill, having been saved by the grace of his wife, a retired nurse. Lana claimed that due to his energy, some of his health issues could have gone unnoticed and lead to his death, maybe even right onstage.

Dick warmly added, "If something like that were to happen to me, then at least I would go out with a bang, doing something I love."

Dale indeed regardless poured a healthy amount of energy into the Continental Friday night, playing to a crowd packed like sardines, many doing their own dance or twist or whatever you have it to Dale's tunes.

Location Info


Continental Club

3700 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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