Sublime Reform Under New Name

The remaining members of Sublime will tour under the new name Sublime with Rome.

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The remaining members of Sublime have reached an agreement with the estate of late frontman Bradley Nowell and will tour under the new name Sublime With Rome. Administrators of Nowell's estate filed an injunction against former Sublime members Eric Wilson and Floyd "Bud" Gaugh when they tried to reform for a show last November, claiming that the show violated ownership rights of the Sublime name. The two parties have now agreed that the band may use the name "Sublime" with the addition of the words "with Rome," a reference to their new frontman Rome Ramirez. "Prior to his untimely passing, both Bud and Eric acknowledged that Brad Nowell was the sole owner of the name Sublime," a Nowell family representative posted on MySpace after filing the injunction last fall. "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." Sublime With Rome is reportedly planning to hit the road soon for a 150-date tour. Thanks for the report to Rttnews.com.

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    primusfan
    i thought sublime wasn't going to be the same without brad. then i watched old interviews with him. if i knew brad personally i would probably hate him. he was an incredibly gifted singer with one of the greatest voices in pop music. but as far as an artist and a writer, etc. ... nothing special. he's pretty Bro-tacular. Rome seems the same way.
    fenderarmy
    Raizer Sabre wrote: Iliekgitaz wrote: the band isn't always about the singer you know. tell that to axl & friends
    This. This is still gonna be great though, everyone's gonna bitch about changes regardless.
    guitarlad89
    SuicidalFreak wrote: I'm glad they're using a different name just like the members of Queen did when they hired Paul Rodgers.
    for one thing, it was "Queen + Paul Rogers" also, they all said it was never something to be permanent. Paul knew he could never take Freddie's place, as did the others.
    Eifler121
    I don't think this would be worth seeing, Brad was what I really liked about the band.
    bambi_slaughter
    So why not just start a brand new band if they want to make music. Cover some sublime songs and whatnot but make a new identity. What if dave grohl and krist novoselic started a band called Nirvana With Steve? Just doesnt make sense.
    croady
    anyone who doesnt like the long beach dub all stars is not a true sublime fan and sublime with rome will probably be completely different than the lb dub all stars
    Raizer Sabre
    Iliekgitaz wrote: the band isn't always about the singer you know.
    tell that to axl & friends
    The-Red-Sky
    DesertEagle wrote: Anyone think "sublime with lime" would be a better and more refreshing name.
    this. At least Queen and Paul Rodgers has a bit of a ring to it. This one not so much. They shouldve just come up with a new name.
    DaveManDave
    AlexMacky wrote: These boys must really need money.
    So? They're musicians and touring is how musicians get money
    DUSTmurph
    I'm glad these guys are gonna playing again, but i still do agree with the court's decision. When Brad died, so did 33.3% of Sublime.
    Moriok101
    coquet wrote: They already tried reforming under a different name: the Long Beach Dub Allstars. It sucked. Using the Sublime name is just a ploy.
    It didn't sucked. On their first album they just tried too hard to replicate Brad's voice and style. The second was just "Dub" songs. I hope they'll do what Sublime would have done in 2010, not just cover old materials even though it was great.
    JD Blue Venom
    this is awesome, ill see them live, AIC managed to get a similar sounding singer too axl should take note of the name changing part lol
    Jetfanmack
    They're good songs. If the singer sounds like Brad at all and can play, that's all you really need. The rest of the band is intact. I mean, Badfish plays the songs great, and it's a fun show. I'm sure Sublime with Rome would be similar, and possibly better. But you go to a Sublime show mainly for Brad. It will make "Live at E's" better though...
    PsYkO_kiLLa90
    bambi_slaughter wrote: So why not just start a brand new band if they want to make music. Cover some sublime songs and whatnot but make a new identity. What if dave grohl and krist novoselic started a band called Nirvana With Steve? Just doesnt make sense.
    haha nirvana with steve sounds way funnier than sublime with rome. if every band decided to do this when their vocalist died there would be some very amusing band names out there.
    mikeskiboshski
    Yeah, it isen't Alice in Chains with Will! Nirvana with Steve sounds like a PSB educational show.
    markasman5
    i agree 100%
    Zeppelin Addict wrote: SuicidalFreak wrote: I'm glad they're using a different name just like the members of Queen did when they hired Paul Rodgers. definitely, shows respect for sure cant wait for this, by no means the same but im sure theyll have us happily surprised
    cooljew
    i'm not sure if this is true, but i heard that brad was really hit or miss live, maybe the new front man will put on a good show... i'm keeping an open mind.
    bb155558
    sounds great that they are getting back and going on tour, but i feel it won't work. Brad was the heart and soul and it won't be the same without him. They might just be really boring.
    nick2020
    axl shuda made subtle changes in his band's name and saved himself from tons of problems and conflicts. hows "gunless roses" sound?
    wraith313
    Band without lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter reforms with bassist and drummer. Im surprised anyone expects much more than them playing the Sublime songs we already have. I mean, I like sublime and im all for this...but does anyone really expect them to write anything like what they had?
    Gibson0726
    As to those who feel the need to say that they don't want to see Sublime under a new name...I can only say that I'm sorry you are not willing to change to support something that you have told yourself you care about. If you knew what Brad was trying to say, you'd know that his band would probably be the first people to have the right to do what they're doing...especially if you look at the state our country is in.
    Gibson0726
    They are doing what all of the rest of the world should be doing, getting off their ****ing asses and finishing the dream that Brad, Bob Marley, Jim Morrison, MLK, and others showed the world. That dream is simply "Let the lovin' take ahold" Anyone who disagrees is not 'wrong', only in denial that they define themselves by fear, and not having the courage that Brad had and still has to define this world by love. Dreams are only dreams for those who don't believe, they are made reality by people like Brad. May his soul rest in peace, he showed us all the ultimate sacrifice, he showed us the true meaning of ourselves, and help us open our minds to the true reason why all of us are writing on this article today. Which is the love of music. Happy Valentines Day to you all, this your day Brad, and every day for the rest of our lives.
    im not mental
    well hey, alice in chains had an irreplacable frontman in layne staley, but their new album still ended up being pretty damn good. maybe sublime can pull it off too.
    dietz78
    I think that they wont be able to write as many great songs and will just rip off old beats and rythms just like the LBDA. Bradley was the mastermind and will not be out done no matter who the new frontman is.
    SSaxdude
    When I first heard about Sublime reforming with Rome I was furious. But then I saw some videos of them playing with Rome, and I have to say I'm surprisingly impressed. I know Rome can't replace Bradley, but he's actually really talented. I hope they just make some great music and play some shows. If I get the chance, I would definitely see Sublime With Rome.
    mollick2
    I agree with "hernandeznathan". This is purely an ego statement, one that goes way to far. While I understand how it shows respect for the once lead singer by saying he can't be replaced. But it's even more of an honor to want to carry on the music that he helped created. Its the lead singer complex at its worst. Sublime isn't just Brad.
    xdbh21x
    are they just supposed to stop playing music forever just becuase brad died? no that makes no sense.its still there passion. i agree they should add the addition of with rome to "sublime". but who wouldnt wanna use the name that you had so much success with before and the name that changed reggae/ska?
    Tyler Durden
    not sure about this - Long Beach Dub Allstars kinda failed if you ask me....this seems like another failure waiting....with out Brad there is no Sublime
    Abacus11
    AlexMacky wrote: These boys must really need money.
    Who doesn't need money? I'll bet that they enjoy playing music, too. I'll make another bet that a lot of fans would love to see and hear the band even it is with Brad Nowell.
    popeslayer
    this is great!! at least now all the sublime fans who got into them after brads death can see some form of them live.
    Zeppelin Addict
    SuicidalFreak wrote: I'm glad they're using a different name just like the members of Queen did when they hired Paul Rodgers.
    definitely, shows respect for sure cant wait for this, by no means the same but im sure theyll have us happily surprised
    SuicidalFreak
    I'm glad they're using a different name just like the members of Queen did when they hired Paul Rodgers.
    "Tele" Steve
    Couldn't they come up with a better name? I mean, this is The Doors of the 21st Century all over again.
    bv310
    "Tele" Steve wrote: Couldn't they come up with a better name? I mean, this is The Doors of the 21st Century all over again.
    Except hopefully they won't suck like D21C did.
    BassFishin
    The way i see it...in a live setting of these guys, it's up to the audience to fill in the gap that is Brad. Physically the singer will be Rome, but with the audience singing along, it will keep the spirit of Brad alive. In my opinion, this is altogether and excellent decision.
    loudog93
    guitar00000 wrote: sweet- i hope they put out an album after the tour. It still won't be the same w/o brad, though.
    they better not put out an album. the self-titled was a perfect. it would be madness to try to follow that up without brad.
    chocolateTeddy
    i hate when rock bands go over legality when members die! hes dead! let the band live on with the name! Queen is doing it! Blue Oyster Cult is still doing it. shesssh
    hernandeznathan
    That is BS. Brad is not Sublime. There was three memebers and without them, there is no sublime. I saw the live and they are so good. FU to all the haters.
    taylorhindman
    FlyingPirahna wrote: Zeppelin Addict wrote: SuicidalFreak wrote: I'm glad they're using a different name just like the members of Queen did when they hired Paul Rodgers. definitely, shows respect for sure cant wait for this, by no means the same but im sure theyll have us happily surprised To me it doesn't show respect. If it weren't for the actions of Bradley's estate, they were happy to continue as just "Sublime". They're only doing this out of necessity.
    You beat me to it.
    hernandeznathan wrote: That is BS. Brad is not Sublime. There was three memebers and without them, there is no sublime. I saw the live and they are so good. FU to all the haters.
    Dude, that didn't make a damn bit of sense.