PICS: Sublime with Rome at House of Blues

Love is what I got: Sublime with Rome played two sold-out shows at House of Blues on Jan. 13-14.

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Our photographer, Alex Matthews, caught ‘em in action on the second night.
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As expected, House of Blues was packed.
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The band’s setlist included “Date Rape,” “Smoke 2 Joints,” “Wrong Way,” “Wherever You Go,” “April 29th,” “Doin’ Time,” “Sirens,” “What I Got,” and “Santeria.”
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Sublime with Rome came together in 2009, when original Sublime members Bud Gaugh and Eric Wilson (pictured here) met Rome Ramirez.
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At the time, Ramirez (pictured) was a singer/guitarist who impressed them with his ability to nail their sound and style.
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The three performed under the name Sublime until the estate of Bradley Nowell -- the band’s beloved singer/guitarist who passed away in 1996 -- legally required them to change their name.
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Thus, Sublime with Rome was born.
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About using the Sublime name initially, Gaugh told budztv.com in an interview: “In hindsight, I would not have used the name. I didn’t want to in the first place, I was talked into it and I would like to apologize to certain people and the fans for trying to justify or talk them into it as well.”
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Josh Freese took over for Gaugh on the drums when he left the band in 2011. However, Tribal Seeds' drummer Carlos Verdugo (pictured) has been filling in on drums for the band's most recent tour.
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DJ Rocky Rock mans the turntables for the band live.
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The band released their sophomore studio album, "Sirens," on July 17, 2015.
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Their debut album, "Yours Truly," was released in 2011.
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Ramirez has been a lifelong Sublime fan, and told SoundDiego in 2015 that performing in Sublime With Rome has been a dream come true.
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“It’s mind-blowing to me, to know that if you look up Sublime or want to know about Sublime’s history, that I’m going to be a part of that,” he told us.
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Even though it took “Sirens” four years to come together, Ramirez told us he doesn’t expect that to happen again with the next record.
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“Some bands are comfortable putting out the same record every f---ing time, but I’m not down with that,” Ramirez said. “Good art takes time. But not every album is gonna take four years."
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