Sublime with Rome coming to Jannus Live
Earlier today, Jannus Live officials sent out an e-mail promising an announcement for "one of our biggest shows so far, if not the biggest."
Considering this band just sold out the 5,000-seat Sunset Cove Amphitheatre in Boca Raton, and have been selling out even larger venues around the country, that's probably not far off.
Now let's explain why this is such a big deal.
In 1996, Sublime were on the verge of releasing their third album, Sublime, when lead singer Bradley Nowell, died of a heroin overdose. The album, released two months later, spawned a slew of iconic surfer-stoner-reggae-rock-jam-ska-hip-hop singles: What I Got, Santeria, Wrong Way and Doin' Time.
The album would have turned Sublime into superstars -- an in fact they did become the poster band for the style of beachy reggae-rock that persists to this day -- but Nowell's death prevented them from building on that success. Instead, the surviving band members, childhood friends Bud Gaugh (drums) and Eric Wilson (bass), formed the Long Beach Dub Allstars.
Flash forward to 2009, when Gaugh and Wilson decided to get the old band back together, reuniting under the name Sublime, with a new singer-guitarist named Rome Ramirez. Nowell's family filed a lawsuit to block their use of the Sublime name. So the band decided to call themselves "Sublime with Rome" -- you know, like "The Original Wailers" or "Starship featuring Mickey Thomas."
The band's setlists have been filled with songs from Sublime's back catalog, and Ramirez has the chops to pull off a passable Nowell impression, as anyone who caught their recent performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live can attest.
Fans haven't noticed a difference. They've just been glad to have Sublime back in their life in any form. Some of the band's music hadn't been performed live until the group's 2010 tour.
Click here for all the details on this show. And don't be surprised if it sells out well in advance.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*