MUSIC: SUBLIME: WHEN THE MUSIC'S OVER

SUBLIME COULD BE ROCK'S NEXT BIG THING--EXCEPT THE GROUP'S LEAD SINGER IS ALREADY DEAD FROM AN OVERDOSE

When Brad Nowell woke up in a San Francisco hotel around 6:30 a.m. on May 25, his life appeared to be turning around. The 28-year-old singer-songwriter for the ska/hip-hop/punk-rock trio Sublime had a reputation for wildness and womanizing, but he was trying to change. He had been married the week before in a Hawaiian-theme ceremony in Las Vegas, and now he was doing what he loved, touring the country with his band, which had just finished recording an album that, to everyone who heard it, sounded like a smash. In fact, Nowell felt so good that May morning, he decided to...

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