Sublime’s debut album is about to celebrate its 25th anniversary, so the remaining members of the group have decided to unleash a slew of goodies for their longtime fans to honor the occasion. On Tuesday (March 21), the California-founded band announced they will be reissuing 1995’s Badfish EP on vinyl for Record Store Day 2017 (April 22). This marks the second year the group has released something from their discography for the unofficial music lovers holiday. Last year, the band released their 1991 cassette, Jah Won’t Pay the Bills, on vinyl.
The Badfish vinyl will include the 40 Oz. to Freedom version of “Badfish” and “Don’t Push (Original)” as well as the live at Kommotion (Sept. 3, 1994) version of “Untitled Dub” on side A. The live at Kommotion (Sept. 3, 1994) version of “We’re Only Gonna Die for Our Arrogance” and “Roots of Creation” will be featured on the B-side of the vinyl.
When celebrating a record with a name like 40 Oz. to Freedom, it’s only fitting to release a beer and name it after the album and that’s exactly what Sublime plans to do. The group has teamed up with AleSmith Brewing Company to create a Mexican-style lager named “40 Oz. to Freedom.”
“It doesn’t taste like anything else,” drummer Bud Gaugh said in a statement. “The flavor is great and it has a craft beer flare with a true Mexican lager taste. This is the one!”
Late singer Bradley Nowell’s widow, Troy Holmes, added, “Being a beer lover, I’m so proud to partner with an elite world-class brewery like AleSmith and I know Sublime fans will absolutely love it! Like Bradley sang, ‘That second beer was such a turn-on.'”
A limited-edition batch of the beer will be bottled in 40 ounce containers and sold through the brewery as well as some yet-to-be-determined locations before they are nationally released as six packs.
As if the Record Store Day release and beer weren’t enough, the group will release their first authorize documentary which will reportedly tell the “real” story of the band. The film came together thanks to joint cooperation from Gaugh, bassist Eric Wilson, and the Nowell estate on the production end. As if that wasn’t enough Sublime on film, the group has also revealed that they are currently in the early stages of negotiations for a biopic about the band.
While Sublime hasn’t released any new music since 1996, the latest incarnation, Sublime with Rome, released their last studio album, Sirens, back in 2015. This summer, the group will hit the touring circuit alongside fellow Californians, The Offspring, for their massive co-headlining tour. The complete list of tour dates can be seen below.
THE OFFSPRING / SUBLIME WITH ROME SUMMER TOUR DATES:
July 6 – Airway Heights, Wash. – Northern Quest Resort & Casino
July 7 – Abbotsford, British Columbia – Abbotsford Centre
July 8 – Penticton, British Columbia – South Okanagan Events Centre
July 10 – Calgary, Alberta – Cowboys Stampede
July 11 – Moose Jaw, SSaskatchewan – Mosaic Place
July 12 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – RBC Convention Centre
July 14 – Sudbury, Ontario – Sudbury Arena
July 15 – London, Ontario – Rock The Park Music Festival
Sept. 8 – Chicago, Ill. – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Sept. 9- Sterling Heights, Mich. – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
Sept. 12 – Holmdel, N.J. – PNC Bank Arts Center
Sept. 14 – Philadelphia, Pa. – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
Sept. 15 – Boston, Mass. – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Sept. 16 – Wantagh, N.Y. – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Sept. 19 – Rogers, Ark. – Walmart AMP
Sept. 21 – The Woodlands, Texas – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sept. 26 – Chula Vista, Calif. – Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Sept. 27 – Mountain View, Calif. – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sept. 29 – Las Vegas, Nev. – Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
Sept. 30 – Salt Lake City, Utah – USANA Amphitheatre