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Published: 2011/12/13

Sublime With Rome Issue Statement About New Drummer

Sublime with Rome has issued a statement regarding drummer Bud Gaugh’s departure. Clarifying the drummer’s original announcement, the band describes Gaugh’s departure as more of a hiatus than a formal break from the band he helped found. The group also says they have not found a formal replacement, despite confirmed that drummer Josh Freese would join the band.

A note from the band reads:

Hey Everyone – it’s definitely been a crazy weekend. There have been some misunderstandings and miscommunication on what exactly is going down with us so we wanted to set the record straight. First off, rest assured that Sublime with Rome is NOT breaking up. Our brother Bud is about to have a baby and, understandingly, taking some time off to be with his family. We couldn’t be happier for him and welcome him back out on the road with us as soon as he needs a break from the diapers and baby bottles. We already have some major touring plans for 2012 that we’ll be announcing very soon so we’ve started talking to a few drummer friends. Which brings us to the second thing…there’s been some talk (and wishful thinking on our part)of bringing in our good friend/drummer extraordinaire Josh Freese, but unfortunately he’s busy with some other commitments and we’re not sure if it could work or not. What we are sure about is how excited we are to hit the road again in the new year and see all of you. You’ve embraced Sublime with Rome and our music, and, at the same time, helped us continue to share the music of Sublime and its legacy, keeping Brad’s music alive. You’re the best. Have a great holiday and see you in 2012.

Gaugh announced that he was leaving Sublime with Rome during a radio interview over the weekend. Bassist Eric Wilson is now the only original member of Sublime involved in the project.


There are 8 comments associated with this post

Shaun December 13, 2011, 11:43:30

Its sad that these guys are continuing to go by the name Sublime. The Grateful Dead never continued on as “The Grateful Dead” after Jerry’s death; while Jerry, like Brad, was the heart and soul of the band. Brad’s legacy will be kept alive by people listening to him perform his music, not some washed up musicians looking to sell t-shirts.

james dean December 13, 2011, 12:46:11

the grateful dead went to “The Dead” are you suggesting that Sublime should now be “Lime” or “ The Lime”

Togo December 13, 2011, 12:47:55

“not some washed up musicians looking to sell t-shirts.” What makes them washed up? Don’t like it, don’t go to their shows. But really, no one cares about your lame hardline position

bj December 13, 2011, 14:16:44

agree with shaun they should change their names. rome is terrible at pulling off the brad and they sound awful live. find a new name completely! luckily the one time i saw em tix were only 10$ cuz i would been pissed if i would have spent a dollar more.

FU December 13, 2011, 15:02:21

Yea disagree completely. Tghe Grateful Dead, as mentioned above, became “The Dead”, With 2 less members than opriginally were with The Grateful Dead, aklthough some of the songwriters remained. Howeveer…....................... They play cover songs!!! Sublime with Rome not even 2 years after forming, having a sold out tour, have come released a cd that is not the same old sublime, and you want top call them a cover band??? Look at who u are supporting, and I come from a dead family but my dad would never claim that “The Dead” are not a cover band…. sorry. Brad was the heart and soul but I have hung with these guys a coupkle time in LBC and in Dc and they are all positive people who are obviously 10+ years after the fact reeling that they left there best friend behind. Brad would want this, his homeboys continuing success, so RIP brad hope you enjoy

Cloudy Knight December 13, 2011, 17:30:22

Man, that was hard to read. Number 1, the surviving members of the Grateful Dead agreed to leave that name behind when Jerry died. There first tours were under the name The Other Ones. (I wish they would have stayed with that name, frankly.) After several years, they changed to The Dead, simply to avoid having to explain who exactly The Other Ones were. Sure, they mostly did Grateful Dead songs, but really, who has more right to do those songs than those guys? They also added several new originals and covers to the repetoire, something that these particular musicians have done in virtually every configuration they’ve played in since 1995. Calling The Dead a cover band is like suggesting that Paul McCartney is a cover artist because he plays Beatles songs. Number 2, just because you’ve hung out with members of a band and found them to be “positive people”, that has no bearing on whether or not they’re right to use a name that some folks think should have been retired upon the death of the guy who wrote and sang ALL the songs. Do you see Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl touring as Nirvana with whoever? No, you don’t. It’s a fact of life that band names often survive far past the time when they actually identify the members of that band.

bj December 14, 2011, 10:39:17

^^^ well said

Jeff DeKett July 16, 2012, 11:13:41

Sublime has been my favorite band since the early 90’s regardless of what had been going on with the band. Many of you are right in the fact that they will never be “complete” because of the dealt of Brad(R.I.P.). However I just saw them live with Rome last night and if I would’ve closed my eyes I would’ve swore it was Brad. Whoever said they suck live must have a hearing problem because they sounded great and they were tight. Rome is a wonderful addition to the band and in my eyes they picked a great singer. They wouldn’t have picked someone that didn’t have that ever recognizable Sublime sound.

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