Sublime With Rome Red Rocks Show Will Be Full Of Nostalgia
Nostalgia implies a desire to relive the past.
Music, more than any other medium, makes us nostalgic. Old songs inspire us to reminiscent about the “good ol’ days.” We frequently associate music with a particular time in our lives.
A Beatles song may return baby boomers to high school. Pearl Jam’s Ten may cause members of Generation X to relive the halcyon days of throwing a Frisbee around campus while wearing flannel shirts and ripped blue jeans.
Despite the organic and fundamental relationship between music and nostalgia, the concept is generally disparaged by the so-called rock intelligentsia.
After all, the “rock intelligentsia” wants all musicians to be pushing music forward all the time. Heaven forbid we just listen to a few tunes and have some fun every once in a while.
There are bands whose sole purpose is to be nostalgic (think Moody Blues, The Doobie Brothers, and/or The Beach Boys). These acts are generally excoriated by critics and pundits.
It’s hard for any band that’s been around for a while not to have some element of nostalgia even if they go out of their way NOT to cultivate it. Certainly, those who remember the 1980s will have a much different relationship to old U2 songs like “Unforgettable Fire” and “Follow” then someone born during the Clinton Administration.
Nostalgia can work in another way. Instead of returning you to a previous era, some music can make you long for what might have been.
The poster boy for what might have been, at least musically, is Bradley Nowell.
Bradley Nowell fronted a rock band called Sublime. He died in 1996 of a heroin overdose. He was just 28.
Nowell had “It.” He had an ineffable quality that made the chords he strummed and the phrases he sang better than everyone else’s.
I remember exactly where I was when I heard Sublime for the first time. I cannot say the same thing about Nirvana (or Pearl Jam and especially not Smashing Pumpkins).
I was in my car in my driveway when “Wrong Way” was played on the local alternative radio station. Much to the chagrin of my significant other, I sat in the car and listened to the entire song. I was mesmerized, but I didn’t know who I was listening to.
This was before music fans could use smart phones to identity unknown pieces of music. This was before smart phones.
Not long after that, I visited a friend who had the band’s self-titled third, and final, studio album on compact disc. I immediately had him play it and soon found myself adoring every track.
I had never heard anything like Sublime before. Their music was so Californian but also so universal. It was simple but thought provoking. It was exciting and full of energy.
Then my friend told me the bad news: Bradley Nowell was dead.
Sublime with Rome Songs
Sublime, or at least the remaining two members, Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh, returned to the stage in 2009 with a new front man, Rome Ramirez. After Nowell’s family threatened to sue, the band changed its name to “Sublime with Rome” and continued performing and recording.
Gaugh has since left the group. He’s been replaced by legendary drummer Josh Freese.
Sublime with Rome performs Sublime songs as well as cuts from their 2011 opus, Yours Truly. This makes them sort of a hybrid of a brand new band and the old Sublime.
Needless to say:
A lot of music fans are recalcitrant to accept a band that’s without its full contingent of original musicians (or at least the lineup that made the band popular). There are those who think Sublime with Rome is nothing more than a tribute band.
Who cares about what the naysayers say!
Great music is great music. Rome Ramirez is no Bradley Nowell but he’s a great performer and frontman in his own right.
We all wish certain bands were still together and touring, but if the Rolling Stones have taught us anything it’s that we can’t always get what we want. We should, however, enjoy what we have.
We have Sublime with Rome.
Kudos to them for keeping the music, sound, and vibe of Bradley Nowell alive and introducing his legacy to a brand new generation of fans.
Sublime with Rome Tour
I digressed. So let me return to the other side of nostalgia…
When I attend an upcoming Sublime with Rome tour stop, and the fellows play “What I Got” or “Santeria,” I’m going to get nostalgic.
Here it is:
Not necessarily about the past, although that will happen, but nostalgic about what might have been.
I firmly believe that had Bradley Nowell lived rock music would have been considerably different. He certainly would have changed the band’s upcoming tour. Instead of intimate venues, Sublime would have been playing football stadiums.
Sublime with Rome Take It or Leave It
The band kicks off their 2015 North American tour on June 20 in Montebello, Quebec. It ends Aug. 20 in Redmond, Washington (the second of two shows).
The trio has a bunch of concerts planned—it’s their biggest tour yet—but their ultimate stop is the Sublime with Rome Red Rocks show on Aug. 22.
Think about it:
Procuring Sublime with Rome at Red Rocks tickets means you’ll be experiencing the ultimate convergence of nostalgia. You’ll have a nostalgic band playing at one of the world’s most nostalgic concert venues.
Everyone remembers their first concert at Red Rocks.
Sublime With Rome Red Rocks
Situated ten miles outside of Denver, Red Rocks is one of the most beautiful open-air amphitheaters in United States. The intimate venue opened in 1906 and seats fewer than 9,500. The stage is surrounded on three sides by huge rocks.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre was made by God… with a little help from architect Burnham Hoyt.
Check it out:
Over the years the venue has hosted performances from such legendary acts as The Beatles, U2, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, and Rush.
A bunch of artists have recorded live albums at Red Rocks including Dave Matthews Band, Incubus, Blues Traveler, John Tesh, and Steve Martin.
Sublime with Rome New album
Besides looking for a Sublime with Rome concert near you, you should also look for their second studio album. The band is planning on releasing a new opus sometime this summer.
Sublime with Rome’s first album, Yours Truly, hit streets in 2011.
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