Lots of rock bands end up changing personnel, and lot of bands end up in court over one thing or another. But Sublime With Rome has had one of the oddest journeys of any band in the past 20 years.
Sublime was a punk-ska band that put out some of the most memorable albums of the mid-1990s. But then lead singer-guitarist Bradley Nowell died of a heroin overdose in 1996. The band hit its peak of popularity with the album that was released shortly after Nowell's death.
The other two members found another singer-guitarist, a young Sublime devotee named Rome Ramirez. But Nowell's estate owned the name Sublime and sued to stop the other two-thirds of the original band from using it. So they renamed themselves Sublime With Rome, which for some reason was OK with the estate and the courts, and carried on. Then drummer Bud Gaugh left, and only one original Sublime member, bassist Eric Wilson, remained.
In concert, Sublime With Rome does a lot of old Sublime songs, but they've done OK independently of the original band. Their 2011 album "Yours Truly" was a big hit, and "Sirens," which came out earlier this year, has been a moderate success.
They'll be playing at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Friday. Rebelution, an established world-reggae band from California, opens.
Details: 6 p.m. Aug. 14, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301, Tampa. Tickets: $25.75-$75.75. Information: 813-740-2446, livenation.com.
-- Marty Clear