Drummer Bud Gaugh has left Sublime with Rome and will be replaced by Josh Freese. Gaugh revealed the news in an interview with KROQ (see the video below), explaining that his wife is pregnant and he is leaving the band to spend time with his family.
A founding member of Sublime, Gaugh teamed with former bandmate and bassist Eric Wilson and singer Rome Ramirez in 2009 to form Sublime with Rome. Initially, the trio referred to themselves as Sublime, but changed their name to Sublime with Rome after a lawsuit was filed by the estate of late Sublime singer Bradley Nowell. Since then, the trio has toured the U.S. extensively and released their debut album, Yours Truly, earlier this year.
Along with Sublime with Rome, Freese is the permeant drummer for A Perfect Circle, Devo, and The Vandals. He previously played drums for Nine Inch Nails and Guns N’ Roses, and spent much of last year touring with Weezer.
Sublime with Rome’s only upcoming tour date is an appearance at Cypress Hill’s Smokeout Festival in San Bernardino, CA on Saturday, March 3rd, 2012.