"I can't wait to get this show on the road," Gaugh says. "Rome has got a great personality and a good vibe, and he's really humble and a real fun person to be around -- and a great musician. Once we got things together and things were working out good, we were like, 'Alright, yeah! Let's go!' "
There was a legal stumbling block in getting the group off the ground, though. After Gaugh, Wilson and Rome played a couple of shows -- including Cypress Hill's Smokeout Festival in October -- as Sublime, Nowell's family and estate sued and was granted an injunction against them using the name. But all parties have since agreed to the Sublime with Rome moniker, and the group has established a separate Web site, sublimewithrome.com.
And, Gaugh says, there are no hard feelings.
"It was never really an issue of 'You can't' or 'We won't let you' or 'We're gonna, no matter what you say,' " Gaugh explains. "It was more, 'How is this gonna be done? How are we gonna put it together respectfully and...represent the old and the new."
Gaugh says Sublime with Rome will definitely generate new music. The trio wrote three new songs when it first started playing together in February of 2009 -- including one, "Panic," that it's performed at all three shows it's done so far. "We're gonna continue working on material as we're on the road," the drummer says. "It's not without question to have a studio in one of the buses while we're on tour. We do a lot of our best creativity on stage, so we'll be trying out new stuff for the fans, even before we go into the studio."
Here are Sublime with Rome's announced tour dates so far:
Apr. 20: Los Angeles, Calif. (The Palladium)
Apr. 23: Oakland, Calif. (Fox Theatre)
Apr. 26: Denver, Col. (The Fillmore)
Apr. 28: Chicago, Ill. (The Riviera Theatre)
May 1: New York, N.Y. (Roseland Ballroom)
May 5: Philadelphia, Pa. (Electric Factory)