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Sublime With Rome at Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre, 3 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Replacing an icon is never easy. Just ask Rome Ramirez.

Since 2009 the singer, songwriter and guitarist from Fremont, Calif. has been leading Sublime With Rome, stepping in for the late Bradley Nowell and continuing his band Sublime -- best known for hits such as "What I Got," "Wrong Way" and "Santeria." Sublime With Rome has been going since 2009 (it still includes original Sublime bassist Eric Wilson) and has released a pair of albums on its own, even scoring a Top 10 single with 2011's "Panic."

Through sheer persistence the trio is straddling the line of continuing Sublime's heritage while also being its own band, and the group's headline status affirms that Ramirez and company have been doing it the right way...

After eight years, Ramirez, 29, is confident that fans view Sublime With Rome as a bona fide, going concern rather than a gimmick. "We didn't just do our obligation album -- which most bands in our situation would do," he explains by phone from Illinois. "In our case, we're not going anywhere. We've got another album we're working on, so this is for real, no doubt about it."

That third Sublime With Rome album is being produced by Rob Cavallo and on target for release during 2018, according to Ramirez. "It's about halfway done, and I'm really excited," he says. "It's definitely different as far as how we're working on it. And having Rob Cavallo as opposed to me lets me take the back seat and focus on the writing, which is the most important part. Right now I don't have any of the other guys on it; It's just me on the demos, guitar and vocals, very minimal so that the other guys can come in and really make their mark on it. I'm not really focusing on the production aspect of it so much as I am all of us getting in a room together and making it sound like we're really playing it together."

Meanwhile, Sublime With Rome is spending the late summer on the road with fellow southern Californians the Offspring, which Ramirez thinks will bring new fans to both bands. "Their fans are not so much in our real as if we went out with 311 or something, but more from the punk world. But I still think they're open to what we do," Ramirez says. "We've had a lot of successful, sold-out shows. We just kind of do our thing and keep the reggae in there and everything. We're just kind of ourselves up there, and I think that transcends so much better than if we were trying to cater to the punk sound like they have. Hopefully people like getting something different like that."

Sublime with Rome and the Offspring

7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9.

Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway at Schoenherr Road, Sterling Heights.

Tickets are $39.50-$75 pavilion, $29.50 lawn with a $90 lawn four-pack.

Call 248-377-0100 or visit palacenet.com.

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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