May 16th, 2012, 12:16 pm · · posted by BEN WENER, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
I’ve always been on Bud & Eric’s side of the great debate over whether Sublime with Rome is in any way legit or a loathsome cash-in. It wasn’t Gaugh’s or Wilson’s fault that they couldn’t continue as the same band they helped create. They were entitled to give it a try.
But now I gotta wonder: Is it really fair to keep playing major shows under that modified moniker when there’s only one genuine member of Sublime left in the group?
Yes, SWR still sounds spot-on, arguably more than it ever did in the past. Josh Freese is a superb substitution for departed drummer Gaugh, just as he is for Devo and Weezer. Yet, now that Rome Ramirez has established himself as a Brad Nowell heir with some growth potential, why not just forge a new identity?
Surely Gaugh would prefer that: since leaving the group, he’s admitted to having never wanted to tour as Sublime with Rome in the first place.
Anyway, Pseublime or whatever you want to call it will still headline another big bash at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, on July 28, and they’re getting considerable help: Cypress Hill, Pepper and HB Surround Sound will open.
Tickets go on sale Saturday (May 19) at 10 a.m., and at least they’re reasonably priced for that much stuff: $19.50-$49.50. Elsewhere: Nicki Minaj isn’t the only one to quickly announce a follow-up after an appearance at last weekend’s Wango Tango. Pitbull, another of the KIIS-FM fest’s top attractions, will return Aug. 8 at headline Gibson Amphitheatre. DJ Havana will warm up. Tickets, $25.50-$99.50, are on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
And here’s another Wango Tango (and Coachella) star scheduled for a solo spotlight soon: Childish Gambino, who ought to slay ‘em Aug. 10 at the Hollywood Palladium, with an opening set from Schoolboy Q, $29.50, also on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
Finally, the Wiltern has added two gigs, including Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group (he’s leaving the Large Band behind this time), July 3, $37.50-$79.50 … and Citizen Cope, Sept. 28, $35. Both of those go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
Photo by David Hall, for the Orange County Register.
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