Forever tied to the sunny shores of California, the music of Sublime has inspired a generation of artists and listeners since its release throughout the 1990s. The band only existed for a short time, but their music lives far beyond its time, powered by the iconic vocals and guitar playing of the late great Bradley Nowell.Nowell was primarily responsible for bringing the reggae/ska influences to band members Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh during the band’s formative years. Over years of organic growth, Sublime built a strong following in California. Their debut album release 40 Oz. To Freedom continued that trend, and local radio station KROQ picked up the song “Date Rape” to give the band their widest reach yet.While the band’s experimental second album, Robbin’ The Hood, was a commercial flop, the work done for the album cemented their fusion sound. With elements of rock and rap infused in their reggae sound, the Sublime phenomenon would soon take hold nationwide. Though they were invited on Van’s Warped Tour, the group was kicked off after a week for their unruly behavior.Still, the group was pressured into putting out a new studio album. In early 1996, the band began recording what would be their third studio album. The self-titled work has become their most identifiable, despite its tragic ending. On May 25th, 1996, Bradley Nowell succumbed to a heroin overdose and passed away at the age of 28.With the material recorded for the album, Sublime was released posthumously, and has since gone platinum five times over. It won the band national, and international, recognition, and propelled Sublime into the spotlight. With songs like “What I Got,” “Santeria,” “Wrong Way,” “April 29, 1992 (Miami),” and more, it’s no surprise that Sublime was destined for greatness. It’s tempting to speculate as to where Sublime would have gone had Nowell survived, but the pages of rock and roll history have unfortunately already been written.It’s hard to believe that 20 years have passed since Bradley Nowell left this Earth. In honor of the late legend, you can enjoy the band’s classic Sublime album, and watch some interview footage of the whole group just months before Nowell’s death. RIP Bradley Nowell.
Press Association They all responded to the challenge superbly on Saturday as the Barclays Premier League leaders thrashed Bournemouth 5-1 at the Etihad Stadium. Sterling scored a hat-trick, Bony grabbed the other two and De Bruyne was influential throughout. De Bruyne said: “More people will look at us because we have lost two great players on the attacking front, but I think the other ones are really good players. “Maybe we don’t have the experience of the other ones but I think we are doing really well together and the more games we will get the more we will know each other and hopefully the better we will do. “It is always a blow when you miss them but we need to maintain our level and try to win without them. “It is not an excuse to say at the Etihad we may lose four games because they are not there. If you want to win titles you have to do with the players what you have. Sometimes it is maybe more difficult but you have to try to win these games.” Another player who might have been asked to step up in such circumstances is Samir Nasri but the Frenchman experienced discomfort on his return from a hamstring injury against Bournemouth. The 28-year-old replaced De Bruyne in the 62nd minute but was troubled in the latter stages and only played until the end because City had used all their substitutes. He now looks doubtful for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Sevilla. Manager Manuel Pellegrini said: “Nasri had a problem with his hamstring. I think it will be very difficult for him (to play Wednesday). “Unfortunately we knew that he was feeling something after we made the third change, but he didn’t run too much. He stayed in the middle so we’ll see in the next day what happens with him.” City’s most established attacking duo were both injured in the recent international break with star striker Aguero set to be out for at least a month and playmaker Silva a fortnight. The pressure to deliver up front has therefore shifted to the likes of De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Wilfried Bony – a trio signed for close to a combined £130million over the past year. Kevin de Bruyne accepts there can be no excuses if Manchester City slip up in the absences of Sergio Aguero and David Silva.
We are delighted to announce that ESI London is confirmed for September 18-20th and that tickets are now live.Following the dual successes of the ESI Forum Series in 2017, and the Esports Insider Super Forum at Stamford Bridge in March 2018, we are pleased to announce our next business focused event. ESI London is a three day esports business conference focused on building a bridge between expertise and interest while explaining the esports industry from the inside out from the 18th till the 20th September 2018 at Olympia London.A full day of esports focused workshops covering topics such as how to build a brand and make content just like an esport endemic, league, event and team operations, the importance of PR in esports, legal and compliance and much more will cover just day one.Day two will boast a comprehensive Betting on Esports track covering everything from data, to building a product for esports’ fans and the opportunity for casinos and betting providers.Here’s what’s happening:-September 18th – ESI Warm Up – Pre-registration, dinner and social September 19th – ESI Esports WorkshopsYou have the right to an attorney – Esports and the lawIt’s not what you say, it’s the way you say it – The Esports PR SymposiumBuilding a brand the esports wayTeam operationsLeague and event operations – The unsung heroesBuilding an esports org – Recruitment and talent sourcingSeptember 20th – Betting on Esports Conference Keynote: Case study of an esports betting partnershipBlockchain and betting; more than a buzzword?Casinos, it’s time to turn to video gamesBuilding the product esports fans wantData and the differences across esports titlesFocus On: The USAExhibition:The exhibition space will be open through the 19th to the close of play on the 20th and will feature over 15 exhibitors, networking areas, meeting rooms, tournaments and fun in the Interactive Zone, and rest assured plenty of refreshments, lunch and networking drinks.Networking:There’ll be networking events each evening on the 18th, 19th and 20th. This will be a combination of dinners, drinks, socials and, of course, an official closing party. All the parties are included in every ticketing option available. In case you thought the dates and London esports seemed familiar, you hit the nail on the head. In fact, there’s no better time to be in the city for some esports action with FACEIT’s CS:GO Major, the nation’s first, set to get underway on the 20th, the day that our ESI London event comes to a close. As ever, we’ve ensured that the early birds will get the worm and there’s a sizable 33% discount for those who book now. This makes the pass, which gets you access to the full works across three days including networking parties each evening, a snip at just £315 (+VAT). Head here to secure yours. For sponsorship inquiries please reach out to [email protected]