News: Reunited Sublime to swing through Denver and 5 other citiesBy John Wenzel | February 25th, 2010 | No Comments »
The halcyon days of Sublime’s original incarnation with late singer Bradley Nowell are long gone, but the surviving members are hoping fans will embrace new front man Rome Ramirez when the band (now officially known as Sublime with Rome) tours in April and May — including an April 26 date at Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium.
Drummer Bud Gaugh and bass player Eric Wilson of the influential Long Beach, Calif., ska-punk act had wrangled in recent months with Nowell’s family and the executors of his estate over using the trademarked name, but just last month the case was settled and the (legal, anyway) blessing bestowed. Given the number of successful Sublime cover bands out there, this tour seems like a sure-fire money maker with existing fans — as well as a suitable warm-up lap for the band’s expanded schedule of shows this summer.
Pre-sale tickets are available on sublimewithrome.com, which goes live on Tuesday, March 2. Check out the full text of the press release:
SUBLIME TO OFFICIALLY HIT THE STAGE AGAIN WITH NEW FRONTMAN ROME
SUBLIME WITH ROME EXCLUSIVE SIX-DATE THEATER TOUR
BEGINS 4/20 AT HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM IN LOS ANGELES
TICKET PRE-SALES START MARCH 2nd!
Los Angeles, CA – February 25, 2010 – Founding members of Sublime, drummer Bud Gaugh and bass player Eric Wilson have announced after 14-years they will officially take to the stage once again; with new frontman, singer/guitarist Rome. Dubbed Sublime with Rome, the group will reintroduce themselves and Sublime’s music to fans across the country with an exclusive six-date intimate theater tour beginning 4/20/10 in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Palladium. Ticket presales for all shows begin March 2nd, please visit www.SublimeWithRome.com for details.
“To go back out on the road and play this music again is a gift. We want to celebrate the music and share the experience for not only our fans, but also for ourselves. It’s been 14-years and is long overdue,” said Gaugh.
Stated Wilson, “Many of our songs have never been performed live, most notably our self-titled release. Songs such as ‘April 26, 1992,’ ‘Under My Voodoo,’ ‘Burritos’ and even ‘What I Got’ will all get their proper stage debuts.”
“This tour will be full of surprises,” said Gaugh. “Sublime has never used a set list. We will be performing songs off every album and will mix it up from show to show, never delivering the same set twice. We’ve also been working on some new material and have put together a couple of songs with Rome. We’re excited to introduce them, and Rome, to all our fans.”
Rome, a 21-year-old northern California native, was introduced to Gaugh and Wilson in 2008. Last year, a handful of jam sessions led to an impromptu show at a small club in Nevada flooring a packed-house crowd. The trio later performed a one-off at the Smokeout Festival last fall and was a surprise special guest at the infamous KROQ Acoustic Christmas show, before officially announcing themselves as Sublime with Rome.
Portions of the proceeds from the shows will go to benefit an addiction recovery program currently being developed to financially assist underprivileged teens and adolescents, in honor of Sublime’s fallen singer/songwriter Bradley Nowell, who succumbed to his own addiction when he passed away in May 1996.
“Sublime has so many fans and attracts new fans every year who were never able to see Sublime perform live after Bradley passed away,” said Troy Nowell-Holmes. “One of the inspirations for forming ‘Sublime with Rome’ was to bring Brad’s spirit in his music back to the fans and to give the new fans a glimpse of what it was like to see Sublime live.”
One of the most notable and successful ska-punk bands of all time, Sublime has sold over 17 million albums worldwide with the group’s music remaining in constant radio rotation across the country. Influential Los Angeles rock radio station KROQ has listed Sublime as the #3 act in their annual “biggest bands” list for the last six years in a row with the single “Date Rape” ranking as the all-time most requested song at the station. To this day, the group’s multi-platinum landmark debut album “40oz. to Freedom,” lo-fi follow up “Robbin’ the Hood,” and multi-platinum self-titled major label debut (a virtual greatest hits set in itself) are all widely regarded as music collection staples. Formed in Long Beach in 1988, Sublime’s final performance was in the spring of 1996.
Sublime with Rome confirmed tour dates:
DATE VENUE CITY/STATE
April 20 The Palladium Los Angeles, CA
April 23 Fox Theatre Oakland, CA
April 26 The Fillmore Denver, CO
April 28 The Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL
May 1 Roseland Ballroom New York, NY
May 5 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
*All dates feature support act The Dirty Heads
Visit the official Sublime with Rome website: www.SublimeWithRome.com
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John Wenzel is the co-editor of Reverb, editor of the Get Real Denver blog and an A&E reporter for The Denver Post. His book “Mock Stars: Indie Comedy and the Dangerously Funny” was recently published by Speck Press. He also maintains a Twitter feed of random song titles.