After a 14-year hiatus, some say break-up, which started with the overdose death of founder, lead singer and guitarist Bradley Nowell, the Long Beach ska/punk band Sublime is back, sort of.
Now dubbed Sublime with Rome, this incarnation of the trio includes founding members, drummer Bud Gaugh and bassist Eric Wilson, and its new singer and guitarist Rome Ramirez.
The 21-year-old Ramirez, who goes simply by Rome, made his unofficial debut with the band in October of 2009 at a club gig in Nevada with the official debut occurring at Cypress Hill's Smokeout Festival a few days later. Originally introduced to the band by a friend of Wilson’s, Rome sounds and plays eerily like Nowell and became the perfect person to front a re-launch of the band.
However, this new chapter of the band’s story started with some unexpected drama. Upon hearing about Wilson and Gaugh’s intentions, Nowell’s family expressed their intent to file a lawsuit against the band and stop them from performing under the moniker Sublime. After some months, an agreement was struck, and the band Sublime with Rome was born.
With all legalities settled, the new embodiment of Sublime announced a small tour, which includes a stop here in Chicago on April 28 at the Riv. Be sure to grab tickets early though. The cult following of the original Sublime will surely snap up all the tickets to the 2,300-seat venue.
Sublime with Rome Spring Tour:
April 20 in Los Angeles, CA. at The Palladium
April 21 in Los Angeles, CA. at The Palladium
April 23 in Oakland, CA. at The Fox Theatre
April 26 in Denver, Co. at The Fillmore
April 28 in Chicago, IL. at The Riviera
May 1 in New York, NY. at The Roseland Ballroom
May 5 in Philadelphia, PA. at The Electric Factory