Fans of all generations gathered together in fellowship to celebrate and venerate the music of Sublime, carried out by Sublime With Rome on January 8th at TopGolf in Las Vegas. Some wore tie-dye and flowers in their hair, many opted for a 90s grunge style, while others donned the iconic ‘Sublime sun’ on their apparel — all united in their love for this California ska-punk-reggae rock good-time band. You could feel the eager energy pulsating in the venue, as bodies waited for the sweet release that would come once the music began and they were free to dance.
The audience erupted as Rome Ramirez, Eric Wilson and Carlos Verdugo took the stage, resoundingly confirming Ramirez’s question, “Are you guys ready to party tonight?” The songs “Smoke Two Joints” and “Date Rape” got the crowd jamming and singing along right away, as the band bumped along to the funky guitar sections. Weaving their own songs into the setlist, Sublime with Rome supplied fans with a plethora of favorite tunes from Sublime’s complete collection.
Weaving their own songs into the setlist, Sublime with Rome supplied fans with a plethora of favorite tunes from Sublime’s complete collection.
The aura of this 90s band lives on with Sublime’s original member, Wilson, laying down bass on classic jams. Sunglasses on and cigarette in hand, he has the look of a seasoned rockstar whilst emitting a tranquil, possibly even serene vibe as he plays his repertoire with ease. His bass playing supports the songs “Let’s Go Get Stoned” and “Badfish” with a jammy backbeat that you could feel the crowd bobbing and bumping to.
Channeling the crowd’s intense energy and heated lyrics, Ramirez took on “Wrong Way” and “April 29, 1992 (Miami)” with spirited vigor. Guitar in hand, he floated around the stage as he vibed right back with the fans, leading them in a chant of “wanna let it burn!” that rocked the entire place. His grin stretched from ear to ear to meet the crowd’s enthusiasm while they played “You Better Listen” from the new ensemble’s first album, Yours Truly, and a few songs from their latest album, Blessings. Ramirez got personal and shared the meaning of the song, “Wicked Heart”, detailing the struggles of being on the road 500 days out of the year, yet having the best job in the world. It made the lyrics even more impactful as he sang “I don’t know where is home or where to go or what to say anymore”.
Delivering a rockin’ show, Sublime with Rome honored the legacy of Sublime and Bradley Nowell, keeping his music alive and enjoyed by all ages. Catch SWR in a town near you this winter!