Eric Wilson (bassist)

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Eric Wilson
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Background information
Birth nameEric John Wilson
Born (1970-02-21) February 21, 1970 (age 49)
GenresSka, punk rock, reggae, alternative rock, alternative hip hop, dub, pop rock
Years active1981–present
LabelsFueled By Ramen
MCA Records
Skunk Records
DreamWorks Records
Long Beach Records
AFO Records
Associated actsHogan's Heros
Sublime with Rome
Long Beach Dub Allstars
Long Beach Shortbus
Juice Bros.
Gwen Stefani

Eric John Wilson (born February 21, 1970[1]), is the former bass player for Sublime (1988–1996) and also bassist for Long Beach Dub Allstars (1997–2002). He was the bassist for the band Long Beach Shortbus which was composed of several members of Long Beach Dub Allstars and Sublime. Since 2009, Wilson has been the bassist for Sublime with Rome, a musical collaboration between Wilson and singer and guitarist Rome Ramirez.

On April 2, 2019, Wilson broke his arm and four ribs in an ATV accident on his avocado ranch in California. Days after, he was reported to be in stable condition at a San Diego hospital.[2]

Musical career[edit]

Wilson and Bud Gaugh met in 1979 and later started a punk band called Hogan's Heroes (not to be confused with the New Jersey hardcore punk band of the same name), a band which also included Bradley Nowell. Hogan's Heroes later changed their name to Sloppy Seconds (not to be confused with the Indiana hardcore punk band of the same name). In 1988, Wilson introduced Nowell to his long-time friend Bud Gaugh, and the three of them went on to form Sublime.

After the death of Sublime's lead vocalist Bradley Nowell in 1996 which disbanded Sublime, Wilson temporarily joined up with 1960s style surf rock band Del Noah & the Mt. Ara Ratfinks, with whom he played the stand-up bass. At the same time, Wilson and Sublime drummer Bud Gaugh—along with many friends—started to experiment with the unique Sublime sound, eventually forming many Sublime-related bands, most of whom signed with the Long Beach record label Skunk Records. Wilson plays in many of these follower bands. In 1997, Long Beach Dub Allstars formed, but broke up in 2002.

Long Beach Dub Allstars' first album, Right Back (DreamWorks) was released in 1999. Long Beach Dub Allstars' second album Wonders of the World (DreamWorks) was released in 2001.

Wilson then joined a band with lead singer of Long Beach Dub Allstars RAS-1 called Long Beach Shortbus. The band later split in October 2007. Wilson currently plays the drums in a psychedelic rock band called StoneWing who will be on a 2009 tour of the Midwest and Colorado with Midwest Reggae Rockers Jon Wayne and The Pain out of Minneapolis. Wilson also plays in an Iggy Pop cover band called The STyMiES.

It was announced in early 2009 that Wilson would be reuniting with Sublime at Cantina Los Tres Hombres in Sparks, Nevada on February 28 with Bud Gaugh and new frontman and guitarist Rome Ramirez, in place of Bradley Nowell.[3] Following positive response, the band decided to reunite properly in August 2009 for a possible tour and new album.[4] However, not long after the October 2009 performance at Cypress Hill's Smokeout Festival, a Los Angeles judge banned the new lineup from using the Sublime name and the band was forced to change the name. The new lineup of Eric Wilson, Bud Gaugh and Rome Ramirez performed together as Sublime with Rome. A debut album, Yours Truly was released on July 12, 2011. In December 2011 Gaugh left Sublime with Rome, reportedly to spend more time with his family. He was replaced by Josh Freese and the band has continued to tour.



Del Noah & the Mt. Ararat Finks[edit]

  • Blower Explosion (1998)

Long Beach Dub All-Stars[edit]

Long Beach Shortbus[edit]

  • Flying Ship of Fantasy (2004)

Sublime With Rome[edit]


  1. ^ According to Family Tree Legends, an "Eric J. Wilson" was born on February 21, 1970 in Los Angeles County. [1]
  2. ^ [2] | date=2019-06-04. Last accessed April 19,2019.
  3. ^ Sublime Reunion? Archived 2009-05-04 at Last accessed September 22, 2009.
  4. ^ Sublime To Reunite For Cypress Hill's Smokeout Fest. Last accessed September 22, 2009.