Dick Dale ignores doc’s orders at Vagabond

By | June 13th, 2011 | 5 Comments

“My doctor told me to never play guitar or tour again. I told him I’m not gonna die in a wheel chair with a fat belly. I’m gonna die by exploding on stage.” Shortly after saying that at the Vagabond Sunday night, undisputed King of Surf Rock Dick Dale did his 74-year-old best to self-combust via guitar noodling so loud and trebly it would make a banshee plug her ears with other banshees. Not content to shatter his own molecules, Dale, whose music many first encountered in the opening credits of Pulp Fiction, tried his darnedest to detonate the Vagabond and all the people within it. I caught some video of the show. The first clip is an instrumental from a movie that I can’t think of. (It’s killing me. Please help. From Dusk till Dawn?) [Update: See comment section.]

Here Dale scatters some sea salt on Muddy Water’s popular cover, “I Got My Mojo Working”. Check out the septuagenarian’s 17-year-old son on the drums.

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5 Comments on “Dick Dale ignores doc’s orders at Vagabond”

  1. 1 Robby Campbell said at 3:54 pm on June 13th, 2011:

    West Palm Beach singer/songwriter Evan Mui came through with the name of the instrumental: “Rumble” by Link Wray. Still not sure what movie it was in though.

  2. 2 Frodnesor said at 6:20 pm on June 13th, 2011:

    Here you go: Pulp Fiction, at Jack Rabbit Slim’s, starts at 4:08 (“That’s a pretty fucking good milkshake.”)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8X2SM0ioJ4

  3. 3 Jordan Melnick said at 9:44 pm on June 13th, 2011:

    Bingo! Don’t know why, but I was picturing a very hot, outdoor setting (a la From Dusk Till Dawn).

  4. 4 Dud Bertigan said at 9:52 am on June 14th, 2011:

    Great audio

  5. 5 thomas kennedy said at 1:52 pm on June 22nd, 2011:

    amazing footage.


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