July 23, 2010 Sublime with Rome comes to the Masquerade Music Park  and this in one show we can not wait to cover!

Go back twenty-two years to a small Long Beach club…. Sublime played their first show with vocalist/guitarist Bradley Nowell, bassist Eric Wilson, and drummer Bud Gaugh.  That same year, in Fremont, California a boy by the name of Rome Ramirez was born.  Who would ever have known that twenty years later their paths would cross and Sublime with Rome would form.

Sublime’s greatest success came sadly the same year that Bradley Nowell died of a heroin overdose.  Sublime (the album originally titled “Killin’ It”) was released in July of 1996 and had such hits as “What I Got”, “Santeria” and “Wrong Way”.  The album was certified gold by the end of 1996.  With the death of Bradley, Sublime disbanded and the remaining members went on to enjoy success as The Long Beach Dub Allstars (LBDAS for short).  Frequent contributors to Sublime including Michael “Miguel” Happoldt,  Todd Forman,  and “Field” Marshall Goodman (Ras MG) are also members of the band.  LBDAS parted ways in 2002.

In 2009, the surviving members decided to reform the band with a new lead singer and guitarist Rome Ramirez.However, weeks after performing at Cypress Hill’s Smokeout Festival, a Los Angeles judge banned the new lineup from using the Sublime name.  In January 2010, the lawsuit was settled and the new lineup now performs together as Sublime with Rome.

With sobriety and family in the forefront  for Eric and Bud, they are ready to attack their demons and embrace the music they so once enjoyed performing.  I think it’s great and am happy for them.  There is sooo much negativity being spewed on the internet about these guys.  Rome has proven himself to be a worthy partner with the rock solid Sublime rhythm section.  If the guys want to get back to doing what they love . . . more power to them. The Backstage Beat is looking forward to what these guys cook up in the studio and will be there supporting them all the way.

Be sure to check them out this Friday at Masquerade Music Park with Matisyahu and Dirty Heads.