Jakob Nowell, son of late Sublime singer Bradley Nowell, sang with his dad’s band at Coachella

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Jakob Nowell of Sublime performs at the Coachella music festival in Indio, California on Saturday.


Jakob Nowell, who is the son of the late Sublime singer Bradley Nowell, is carrying on his father’s legacy.

Jakob Nowell joined two of Sublime’s original members – Bud Gaugh and Eric Wilson – on stage at the Coachella music festival on Saturday, marking a new chapter in the band’s history.

Bradley Nowell died in San Francisco in 1996 of an overdose at the age of 28, just two months before the release of Sublime’s now-iconic self-titled album.

After Bradley Nowell’s death, Sublime essentially disbanded. Gaugh and Wilson then formed a new group called Long Beach Dub Allstars before forming another group in 2009 with singer and guitarist Rome Ramirez, which they called Sublime with Rome.

The Coachella set marked the new group’s first public performance since it was announced that the 28-year-old musician would begin performing with Gaugh and Wilson. Their first performance was in December at a private benefit concert in Los Angeles.

At Coachella, Sublime played a number of classic hits, including “Bad Fish,” “Santeria” and “What I Got,” among others, with Jakob Nowell’s voice hauntingly resembling his father’s.

Jakob Nowell, who was just 11 months old when his father died, said in a recent interview with People that he considered Gaugh and Wilson his “family” and that preparing for his stage debut with his band father had been “emotionally complicated.”

“I think coming into this role has given me some closure,” he said. “The story seems complete.”

Sublime first appeared on the music scene in the late 1980s. Their ska-punk sound mixed with California beach rock shined on their self-titled major label debut in 1996, their third album overall, which became a huge success.

Sublime with Rome are currently on a farewell tour, with their final show scheduled for August. Jakob Nowell, Gaugh and Wilson, according to People, plan to continue performing together at various music festivals and one-off concerts in the coming years.

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