Dick Dale Performs in Fort Lauderdale at Culture Room Tomorrow
The man who created the surf-rock sound so many others struggle to imitate isn't kidding either. He's 75 years old and has had failing health for many years now, but he just won't quit. After a rigorous tour this time last year, he's back on the road again and heading to a place that loves him like a papa, South Florida.
"I was put here, like Johnny Appleseed, to spread happiness," he says of his life's purpose. "Make people forget about the pain that they're in." And even though Dale is probably hurtin' while he's onstage annihilating his Dick Dale Signature Malibu, hair blowing back, badass in the desert "winds" of a fan, this is his way of healing. "I had the blues because I had no shoes, then upon the street, I met a man who had no feet," he said. The sounds of surf will be the elixir for any pain.
"Music is medicine for everybody, and laughter is the greatest healer." Dale's words, though trite, are true.
Dick Dale. With the Riot Act, the Riot Agents, and Killmama. 8 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $20 plus fees.
Call 954-564-1074, or visit cultureroom.net.