"40 oz to Freedom" is one of my all-time FAVORITE albums. I didn't learn about it until after Bradley had already died. I only knew their top 40 stuff when he was alive - which was CRAP. However, 40 oz still blows my mind. Any way, I never got to see them live and I've often thought of checking out the cover band, Badfish. But, I don't think I could ever go see "Sublime" in this newest incarnation.
I like 40oz more than the self-titled now. Partly because every god damn "alternative" station plays "Santeria" or "What I Got" 8 jillion times a day STILL and I'm just burnt on them. It's a shame because What I Got is a great song.
I'd probably put Sublime somewhere in my Top 10 bands of all time, maybe even top 5....I'd have to think about it a while. I too didn't know about them until after he passed and that guy just had the most beautiful voice. On top of that he was an excellent songwriter and a pretty good guitar player too. I miss that band so much and I never saw them either.
I've been thinking about this all day, and I'd have to really think long and hard about going to see this version of Sublime. I just feel like it's disrespectful to Brad. Maybe not as bad as INXS (an effing reality show to get a new singer??) but along the lines of Queen and Blind Melon.
But on the flip side, AC/DC had a new singer within months after Bon Scott died and there hasn't been a lot of griping about it. Not sure if there was back then or not. I was 4. But Scott's mother insisted the band go get a new singer.
I think they should just call themselves something different than Sublime, that's all. Brad had Sublime tattooed across his back....I think he loved that band a lot.