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The Intranets (it's a series of tubes—look it up) is reporting that Sublime With Rome drummer Floyd "Bud" Gaugh has quit the band. Now, before people freak out and burn all their Sublime With Rome merchandise, there is a sweeter, softer side to this story that has nothing to do with turmoil or the unnecessary alliteration I just used.
For starters, in a video taken at the KROCorporateRockStation Christmas party where they pretend to be all down for the bands and shit while not paying them a dime (little-known fact—bands often get the ol' "play our concerts or we won't play your records" treatment at these shows), Gaugh explains that he's about to have a child and he wants to spend more time with his family. You can't hate a guy for that, right? I mean, I guess you could, but you'd look like a total asshole if you did.
Second, Sublime without Brad and Bud announced that drummer Josh Freese is taking his spot. Freese has literally played with everyone on the planet (Nine Inch Nails, Axl Rose 'n' Friends, The Vandal—that's not a typo seeing how the band has only one real member in it—A Perfect Circle, Weezer) and appears to be carrying on in some fashion.
This move gets into a weird band vortex that can really give a guy a headache if he stops to think about it: Sublime With Rome were formed by the two remaining players in Sublime (Gaugh and bassist Eric Wilson) to pick up where Sublime (Gaugh, Wilson and the late Brad Nowell) left off. Okay, that makes sense. But with Gaugh leaving, there's only one member from the actual Sublime. HOWEVER, there are still two original members from Sublime With Rome and two outta three ain't bad. What's a boy to think about all this?
Bottom line: Congrats, Bud. You're probably making a shit-ton of money, which means walking away from Sublime With Rome can't be an easy decision, but babies need daddies, so good on you for doing the right thing. From a Dec. 12 Heard Mentality post by Ryan Ritchie.
SLAYER LIGHT SHOW: BECAUSE YOUR HOLIDAYS COULD USE A GOOD HEADBANGING
It's the most wonderful time of the year. The weather is crisp, everybody's slurping from that mug of good cheer, lights twinkle, and Christmas carols soothe your five o'clock drive.
Sick of all that, Scrooge? Good news. Your neighbor has set his holiday light show to Slayer.
"Slayer Bob," the SoCal mega metal fan, is back with another installment of his now-famous holiday decorations. After racking up over 2 million views on YouTube with his first show in 2009—which was set to Slayer's "Raining Blood"—he came back last year with a Pantera-themed show.
This year, he's back to his roots with "South of Heaven," another Slayer song. We bet Santa stops here first.
Go online to our blog, Heard Mentality, for the amazing-awesome visuals! From a Dec. 9 post by Rebecca Haithcoat.