The Estate of Bradley Nowell, Sublime’s late singer, guitarist and primary songwriter, issued a statement today regarding the use of the band’s name by Sublime bassist Eric Wilson and Sublime drummer Floyd “Bud” Gaugh.
Sublime members Floyd “Bud” Gaugh and Eric Wilson, along with new vocalist Rome Ramirez, who performed with Gaugh and Wilson earlier this year, are scheduled to perform under the name “Sublime” on Saturday, October 24th at Cypress Hill’s 2009 Smokeout Festival. Sublime, with its original members, has not played together since their final performance with Nowell on May 24, 1996. The advertising and promotion of the new group as “Sublime” has been done without the consent of the Estate of the late Bradley Nowell (consisting of widow Troy Nowell, father Jim “Papa” Nowell, and son Jakob Nowell). The Estate intends to take appropriate legal action to protect Brad’s intentions, as well as the legacy and integrity of his body of work.
Nowell’s family released the following statement on the band’s official Web site today:
“It was recently announced that Sublime bassist Eric Wilson and Sublime drummer Floyd ‘Bud’ Gaugh are ‘reuniting’ and teaming with singer and guitarist Rome Ramirez in a band they intend to call ‘Sublime.’ Prior to his untimely passing, both Bud and Eric acknowledged that Brad Nowell was the sole owner of the name Sublime. It was Brad’s expressed intention that no one use the name Sublime in any group that did not include him, and Brad even registered the trademark ‘Sublime’ under his own name.
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