Classic Rock Corner

Dick Dale Destroys Continental Club

In spite of a lifetime of healthy living that includes vegetarianism, martial arts, and an aversion to drugs and alcohol, Dick Dale, King of the Surf Guitar, realizes that he has a date with Grim Reaper. In our interview this week, Dale described the litany of medical problems besetting him and railed about all of the errors and incompetent doctors that have led him at times to the brink of death.

In fact, as our conversation ended and Rocks Off asked him how his health situation allows him to tour, he said the doctors had told him he should not tour.

"Fuck that," Dale scoffed. "If I'm going out, and I surely am, I'm going out wailing. I hope I just turn into a big puff of smoke right there onstage."

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