Sublime with Rome :: 05.01.10 :: Roseland Ballroom :: New York,
Back in the late '90s, the Sublime live show archives were open to the public,
available for free download at the Skunk
Records website. This was a time when file sharing was just on the rise, and
restrictions to certain copyrights had yet to be reined in.
| Sublime with Rome :: 05.01 :: NY|
The availability of the Sublime live catalogue, featuring the band's final shows leading
up to singer Brad Nowell's death in 1996, may have been an afterthought given the multi-
platinum success of the self-titled Sublime album. Fast forward to 2010 and these
public archives are now closed. Two-thirds of the original band is back, performing many
songs live for the first time with a new lead singer named Rome Ramirez and touring
as Sublime with
Approaching New York's Roseland Ballroom on a clear Saturday evening, an eclectic mid-thirties
crowd awaited entry. Sublime drummer Bud Gaugh's side-project Del Mar performed
first, but the set ended just as many gained entry. Second on the bill, California's
combined surf rock/reggae and multi-vocal harmonies, bringing to mind 311, throughout
tracks like "Lay Me Down" and "Stand Tall." The set peaked during a punk-inspired cover
of The Rolling Stone's "Paint It Black," when lead singer Jared Watson jumped in
the photo pit and embraced the crowd with arms held high.
Sublime took the stage as a quartet and 21-year-old Rome Ramirez basked in the lights
before the sold-out crowd. During "5446" > "The Youth Are Getting Restless," Rome took a
commanding lead, even imitating several of Nowell's freestyle techniques during the segue.
The evening's program featured a number of Sublime's greatest songs, and the crowd seemed
to be having a blast singing along to even the most obscure track. During "We're Only
Gonna Die From Our Own Arrogance," tight interplay between Gaugh and bassist Eric
Wilson channeled that mid '90s flow. Both founding members still can hold down a
fierce rhythm, all while maintaining their mellow demeanors. During the show's most
ruckus peaks ("Right Back" > "New Thrash"), the resulting sound through Roseland's PA
became muddled, leaving the quartet clashing and thrashing incoherently.
Overall, most versions were kept to a tight time frame, and most exploratory dubs were
kept at a minimum. Brief solos by saxophonist Todd Foreman - known for his work
with the original Sublime and the tribute outfit Badfish - opened the
creative space slightly. Almost in unison during "Doin' Time," the creative re-make of
the Gershwin classic, many in the crowd whipped out their camera phones to document the
event, bringing to mind how times have changed since Sublime's last go around.
While Rome's voice and guitar work faltered on certain tracks, we must remind ourselves
that Brad Nowell's own onstage performances were known to stumble from time to time. What
matters more is how Rome expressed true passion under the bright lights, obviously having
the time of his life paying homage to those before him.
Sublime with Rome Setlist
| Sublime with Rome :: 05.01 :: NY|
Date Rape, Get Ready, April 26th 1992, 5446 > The Youth Are Getting Restless, Smoke Two
Joints, We Are Only Going To Die From Our Own Arrogance, Jailhouse, Wrong Way, All I Need,
Don't Push > Garden Grove > Right Back > New Thrash, 40 Oz. To Freedom, Greatest Hits,
Doin' Time, Under My Voodoo, Badfish > Let's Go Get Stoned
E: Johnny Butt, What I Got, Santeria
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