Eric Wilson (bassist)
|Birth name||Eric John Wilson|
|Born||February 21, 1970|
|Genres||Ska, punk rock, reggae, alternative rock, alternative hip hop, dub, pop rock|
|Labels||Fueled By Ramen
Long Beach Records
|Associated acts||Hogan's Heros
Sublime with Rome
Long Beach Dub Allstars
Long Beach Shortbus
|Fender Precision Bass, Music Man StingRay|
Eric John Wilson (born February 21, 1970), 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.
Wilson and Bud Gaugh met in 1979 and later started their first garage punk band, called The Juice Bros., consisting of drums, bass, and vocals. In 1981, Wilson 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 Brad Nowell in 1996 which disbanded Sublime, Eric 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, Eric 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. Eric plays in many of these follower bands. In 1997, Long Beach Dub Allstars formed, but broke up in 2002.
He then joined a band with lead singer of Long Beach Dub Allstars RAS-1 called Long Beach Shortbus. The band later split for unknown reasons in October 2007. Eric 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 MN. Eric 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 new frontman and guitarist Rome Ramirez, in place of Bradley Nowell. Following positive response, the band decided to reunite properly in August 2009 for a possible tour and new album. 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 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 Bud 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
- Blower Explosion (1998)
Long Beach Dub All-Stars
Long Beach Shortbus
- Flying Ship of Fantasy (2004)
Sublime With Rome
- According to Family Tree Legends, an "Eric J. Wilson" was born on February 21, 1970 in Los Angeles County. 
- Sublime Reunion? Archived 2009-05-04 at Archive.is. Last accessed September 22, 2009.
- Sublime To Reunite For Cypress Hill's Smokeout Fest. Last accessed September 22, 2009.