In conversation, Dick Dale is a little nuts. Bouncing between his innovations with Leo Fender, his experience with martial arts and the exotic animals he has trained on his SoCal property. It should not be a surprise after 50 years of shredding surf guitar tunes around the world in front of maxed out amps. Nor should it be a surprise that his appearances at the Blank Club, a holiday tradition at this point, continue to draw capacity crowds. The opening riff on his classic Misirlou has crossed generations since Dale debuted the machine gun spasm of notes in 1963, inspiring Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction), Black Eyed Peas (Pump It) and thousands of guitar players who can only dream of playing that fast.