Sublime will reunite in October. The influential ska/punk/reggae/jam band originally broke up in 1996 after lead singer/guitarist Bradley Nowell died of a heroin overdose. The new version of Sublime will feature remaining members Eric Wilson (bass) and Bud Gaugh (drums), as well as a 20-something singer named Rome. The three musicians first performed at Cantina Los Tres Hombres in Sparks, Nevada this past February. As of press time, Sublime’s only upcoming performance is at the Smoke Out Festival. The event will take place in San Bernardino, CA on October 23 and 24, featuring performances by Cypress Hill, Slipknot, Pennywise, Deftones and many others.
Though the members of Sublime where cult heroes around the Los Angeles-area, the group did not achieve international fame until its self-titled third album went multi-platinum after Nowell’s death. Almost immediately after, remaining members Wilson (bass) and Gaugh (drums) formed the Long Beach Dub All-Stars with a host of Sublime collaborators and sidemen. Long Beach Dub All Stars focused primarily on original material—though occasionally threw in some Sublime covers—until parting ways in 2002. Wilson and a number of former Long Beach Dub All Stars members continued on as Long Beach Shortbus until 2007.