Guitarist Dick Dale, the godfather of surf guiter died age 81 on Saturday night. Dick Dale’s live bassist Sam Bolle confirmed that to the England’s The Guardian.

The King of the Surf Guitar, had an interview Pittsburgh City Paper before he died, and here is what he said:

“I can’t stop touring because I will die. Physically and literally, I will die. I have to raise $3,000 every month to pay for the medical supplies I need to stay alive, and that’s on top of the insurance that I pay fot.

The hospital says change your patch once a week. No! If you don’t change that patch two times a day, the fecal matter eats through your flesh and causes the nerves to rot and they turn black, and the pain is so excruciating that you can’t let anything touch it. That has happened to me because I was following the orders of the hospital.”

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After the death of Dick Dale, many musicians sent their condolences to Dale and his family via social media accounts.

Queen’s Brian May:

RIP Dick Dale – Father of the Surf Guitar. We all owe you. Rock on. 💥💥💥 Look how his guitar is strung!

He’s left handed, but plays essentially a right handed guitar – except for the controls and ‘horns’. So his heavy bass-end strings are at the lower edge of the fretboard. This means his fingers could never fall in the same shapes as the rest of us.

Maybe this led him to use those low notes more often and more forcefully than everyone around him. But his highly distinctive sound comes from his very fast up-and down action in the picking hand (sometimes confusingly referred to as ‘tremolo’, in reference to the similar-sounding traditional Flamenco Spanish guitar technique, which is actually done in a very different way, with multiple fingernails).

And a lot of echo effect. And thick strings. And a lot of energy!!! Check out his early hit ‘Miserlou’. Wild!!! I wish I’d met him. But truly we all benefit from his trailblazing. Bri.”

Slash:

“RIP #DickDale”

Brian Wilson:

“I’m sorry to hear about Dick Dale passing. Dick’s guitar playing was a big influence on all of us, and we covered “Misirlou” on our Surfin’ USA album in ‘63. Love & Mercy to Dick’s family.”

Rick Springfield:

“Dick Dale, who will forever remain a guitar God. May his spirit rest in peace. We will meet again brother.”

Joe Bonamassa:

“Rest In Peace Dick Dale… True original, So Cal Surf, American icon and a gentlemen of the highest order.”

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RIP Dick Dale – Father of the Surf Guitar. We all owe you. Rock on. 💥💥💥 Look how his guitar is strung ! He’s left handed, but plays essentially a right handed guitar – except for the controls and ‘horns’. So his heavy bass-end strings are at the lower edge of the fretboard. This means his fingers could never fall in the same shapes as the rest of us. Maybe this led him to use those low notes more often and more forcefully than everyone around him. But his highly distinctive sound comes from his very fast up-and down action in the picking hand (sometimes confusingly referred to as ‘tremolo’, in reference to the similar-sounding traditional Flamenco Spanish guitar technique, which is actually done in a very different way, with multiple fingernails). And a lot of echo effect. And thick strings. And a lot of energy !!! Check out his early hit ‘Miserlou’. Wild !!! I wish I’d met him. But truly we all benefit from his trailblazing. Bri

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