Besides No Doubt, Sublime are the most successful band to come out of the SoCal ska revival of the ’90s. But they never had a chance to go on tour with their breakthrough self-titled album from 1996 because frontman Bradley Nowell died of a heroin overdose two months before the record was released. But like INXS, the Doors, and countless other groups before them, Sublime are back on the road with a new singer — in this case, 22-year-old Rome Ramirez (yes, he was eight years old when “What I Got” and “Santeria” were played on the radio for the first time). Nowell was the architect behind the band’s seamless blend of reggae, punk, hip-hop, and pop, so Ramirez has some pretty big shoes to fill. If you ask Nowell’s estate, he can’t fill them. Because of a court ruling, the trio has to call itself Sublime With Rome (sounds like an awkwardly named travel campaign, doesn’t it?). Still, bassist Eric Wilson and drummer Bud Gaugh were a killer rhythm section back in the day. So maybe we should trust their decision. Sublime With Rome, with Dirty Heads, play Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $32; call 216-522-4822. —Matt Whelihan
Going to the show? Let us know what you think of it in the comments.
Follow us on Twitter: @clescenemusic
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at email@example.com.
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.