New Sublime Show Draws Ire Of Nowell Estate
October 23, 2009 at 1:32 PM (PT)
The Estate of SUBLIME’s late singer/guitarist/songwriter BRADLEY NOWELL has condemned the use of the band's name by SUBLIME bassist ERIC WILSON and SUBLIME drummer FLOYD "BUD" GAUGH in their appearance at CYPRESS HILL’s 2009 Smokeout Festival on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24th.
GAUGH and WILSON, along with new vocalist Rome Ramirez, are scheduled to perform under the name "SUBLIME" -- without the consent of the NOWELL's Estate, which 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:
...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.
As Brad's heirs, and with the support of his entire family, we only want to respect his wishes and therefore have not consented to BUD and ERIC calling their new project ‘SUBLIME.’ We have always supported BUD and ERIC's musical endeavors and their desire to continue to play SUBLIME's music. We wholeheartedly supported BUD, ERIC and the many talented members of the SUBLIME posse that formed the LONG BEACH DUB ALL-STARS, soon after BRAD's death, to honor him through their original recordings, live performances and SUBLIME music until they disbanded in 2001. But, out of respect for BRAD's wishes, we have always refused to endorse any group performing as ‘SUBLIME,’ and now with great reluctance feel compelled to take the appropriate legal action to protect BRAD's legacy.