Monday, June 21, 2010

Punk rock changed our lives...

Sublime with Nowell
Busy day. Busy week. Buying a house, so I have been running around like a chicken with no head.

I do not want to neglect our great fans, so I will give you something quick and dirty.

There are some great summer tours this year. All of them making stops in sin city. Las Vegas, Nevada. The place I call home.

I wanna mention one I am most excited about.


When frontman Bradley Nowell passed away in May 1996 of a drug overdose, I was crushed. I was so emotionally vested in this band. Let me explain with a little story what I mean.

It was the summer of 1993, and a new guy moved in to the neighborhood. He was different from the rest of the kids on our street. He was from Long Beach, California ad he was huge! A big samoan guy, with a mohawk. He was a surfer and skater. Remember, I live in Las Vegas. Surfing was alien to us, and skateboarding was just becoming something you would see kids doing. This guy loved music and played the Bass, and we instantly became friends. We sat on the bus together, spent time at each others houses, perfected our graffiti techniques, and listened to music.

This guy gave me a copy of 40 Oz. to Freedom and it was forever to be a milestone in my life. It was perfect music. Catchy, Reggae, Dub, and Punk. Yes, Yes, Yes, and Yes. From the bass drum of "Waiting For My Ruca" to the hilarious closing credits I WAS IN LOVE!

Download Sublime - Waiting For My Ruca

I used to listen to it while working late, stocking shelves at the mega mart. It was usually quiet and I didn't see people for hours so I would start singing along with the Sublime CD in my Sony disc-man while working. Eventually a coworker would happen by and ask me, "What the fuck are you listening to?" I would tell them everything I knew about the band and then tell them "Listen...Just listen!" I assumed that they would listen to a song and go...oh fuck yea! I get it! that's awesome. Not one person got it. In fact I got a lot of, "That sounds awful." WHAT! I was so confused. I knew in my bones that album...that band was gonna be huge.

Fast forward a few years later and the song Date Rape begins getting some serious radio play. I might finally get the chance to see the band has they are about to tour on the heels of their then upcoming self-titled major label release. I am so excited.

Then tragedy...Brad Nowell OD's in San Francisco, and I am shit out of luck.
Rome Ramirez
Fast-forward to today. I see that Sublime is back on tour with a new front-man. Rome.

The remaining members of the band tried out a show with this new frontman in Nevada early 2009 under the name Sublime, and liked how things worked out. Shortly there after they joined the Smokeout Festival that same year to open for Cypress Hill.

Nowell's family released a statement that they were not too pleased about this though...

It was recently announced that Sublime bassist Eric Wilson and Sublime drummer Floyd 'Bud' Gaugh are 'reuniting' and teaming with singer and guitarist Rome Ramirez in a band they intend to call 'Sublime.' Prior to his untimely passing, both Bud and Eric acknowledged that Brad Nowell was the sole owner of the name Sublime. It was Brad's expressed intention that no one use the name Sublime in any group that did not include him, and Brad even registered the trademark 'Sublime' under his own name.

As Brad's heirs, and with the support of his entire family, we only want to respect his wishes and therefore have not consented to Bud and Eric calling their new project 'Sublime.' We have always supported Bud and Eric's musical endeavors and their desire to continue to play Sublime's music. We wholeheartedly supported Bud, Eric and the many talented members of the Sublime posse that formed the Long Beach Dub All-Stars, soon after Brad's death, to honor him through their original recordings, live performances and Sublime music until they disbanded in 2001. But, out of respect for Brad's wishes, we have always refused to endorse any group performing as 'Sublime,' and now with great reluctance feel compelled to take the appropriate legal action to protect Brad's legacy.

Our hope is that Brad's ex-bandmates will respect his wishes and find a new name to perform under, so as to enhance the 'Sublime' legacy without the confusion and disappointment that many fans have expressed upon seeing the announcement.

The band is now called Sublime With Rome, which is still probably going to get them sued, but whatever. They are on tour, and coming to my town. They are even touring with The Dirty Heads which has a song featuring Rome on heavy rotation on most Alt-Rock stations.

Download The Dirty Heads - Lay Me Down

I can't wait to see them!

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