Any plans for the surviving members of Sublime to continue being Sublime following their recent reunion at last month’s Smoke Out Festival have been put on hold, at least temporarily. That’s because on Wednesday (Nov. 3), a preliminary injunction passed down in Los Angeles ordered that Bud Gaugh and Eric Wilson (along with new singer Rome Ramirez) could not represent themselves as the owners of the Sublime name.
“The point we tried to make is that we encourage these gentlemen to go out and play,” Jeremiah Reynolds, who represents the estate of original Sublime singer Bradley Nowell, explained in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “We think theyre great musicians. We just dont think its appropriate to call a group that doesnt have Bradley [Nowell] and has a new lead singer Sublime. Its consistent with Brads intentions that we seek to protect the name. The court agreed that Bud and Eric and the new lead singer didnt have the right to go out and call themselves Sublime.”
If you remember, the family of former Sublime singer Bradley Nowell had threatened legal action if Wilson and Gaugh continued to perform under the Sublime name. The family claims that before he died of a heroin overdose on May 25, 1996, Nowell trademarked the Sublime name to ensure it wasnt used without him being a part.
As the Times goes on to report, the injunction will be upheld until the breach-of-contract/trademark infringement civil case goes to trial, or the parties reach a settlement. Of course, we’ll keep you updated.