Sublime with Rome - Monday, April 26th 2010 at The Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO
At 1st I had the urge to post a full review, but I withheld this post until seeing seeing a review of MC Chris. Haters will indeed hate, but I think Sublime is somewhat-likely to appeal to many folks here...
3 bands on the bill, first up was Del-Mar. The sound was a little rough for them, sounded punky-surf-rock, appropriate for the show. Didn't realize until later that the drummer I was admiring was actually Bud Gaugh from Sublime. He was the highlight. Him and the weird hat the singer/guitarist was wearing.
2nd band of the evening was The Dirty Heads. I work at an active rock radio station, so I heard their song "Check The Level" often. I was curious to hear the rest of their tunes. I was pleasantly surprised. Right off the bat, the fact that their vocalist resembles Jason Mewes (Jay & Silent Bob) and they didn't look like little gangstas was a relief. The music was good too. Nothing fancy, just mellow groovy-rock music played with instruments, not samples. My favorite part of the set was when they played "Lay Me Down" with Rome Ramirez.
Then my question was answered: "Could Eric & Bud find anyone to fill the massive void left by Bradley Nowell?" The set they played was the answer I was hoping for:
April 29th, 1992
Smoke Two Joints
Panic (new song written with Rome)
40 Oz. to Freedom
Under My Voodoo
Let's Go Get Stoned
The Ballad of Johnny Butt
What I Got
Excellent setlist, most of the favorites along with rare tunes like STP and Greatest Hits. I was skeptical of how they would be, but I think it's the next best thing to the original line-up. People bitch about it being "fake Sublime" and it's just for the $. But I only paid $35 for my ticket, and for the 1st time in years, paid $25 for a tour shirt. They aren't trying to be something they aren't, they're just giving fans who didn't get the chance to see Sublime before Brad passed a chance to experience the tunes. It was cool seeing them on April 26th as well.
Del-Mar - 5/10
Dirty Heads - 7/10
Sublime with Rome - 9/10
If you get a chance to catch them, do. They are as good as it will get as far as Sublime