During an exclusive conversation with CBS Local, Rome Ramirez remembered the first time he got onstage to perform songs like “What I Got” and “Wrong Way,” which were made famous by one of his heroes, Bradley Nowell of Sublime. Thanks to some bro-support from his new bandmates — and a sizable dose of THC – he was able to make the most of the moment.
“The very first Sublime with Rome performance, I was very nervous up until right before we were going to go on,” Ramirez recalled. “Bud (Gaugh) pulled me aside into a shower room with Eric (Wilson), and we all just sat down and smoked joints, just us three. I was like man, I’m super nervous. And he’s like, ‘Don’t worry about. It’s gonna be good, man. We’re gonna go out there and kill it. Just have fun. If you’re having fun, everyone is gonna see that and they’re gonna have fun.’ That was our first big show, and from that point on it kind of set the tone for me. Every time I walked onto the stage (on that tour) all of the pressure went away.”
Ramirez is preparing to launch a solo tour in support of his recently released Dedication EP, kicking off in Las Vegas on September 20 and winding across America until he reaches Towson, MD, on November 14, where he’ll perform at the Recher Theater. He’ll then rejoin Sublime with Rome for a South American jaunt.
Dedication Tour Dates9/20, Surrender Nightclub, Las Vegas, NV
11/2 Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA
11/3 St. Rocke, Hermosa Beach, CA
11/6 Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO
11/8 The Waiting Room, Omaha, NE
11/9 The Bottom Lounge, Chicago IL,
11/10 The Vogue Room, Indianapolis, IN
11/11 Altar Bar, Pittsburgh, PA
11/12 Gramercy Theatre, New York, NY
11/13 The Note, West Chester, PA
11/14 The Recher Theater, Towson, MD
Tickets are now available through RomeMusica.com.
–Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local