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.
"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."
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