November 2, 2000

Ex-Third Eye Blind member suing band
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Nov. 2, 2000 | SAN FRANCISCO -- Kevin Cadogan is suing his former band -- Third Eye Blind -- claiming they conspired to kick him out.

The 30-year-old guitarist says he was promised 50 percent ownership of the band in 1993. But as the band increased in popularity and caught the attention of record labels, the lawsuit claims all the shares went to band founder Stephan Jenkins.

Third Eye Blind has produced two multi-platinum albums, including a 1997 self-titled debut that included the No. 1 hit "Semi-Charmed Life." Cadogan claims he co-wrote 14 of the songs on both albums.

Cadogan, who was voted songwriter of the year at the 1999 and 2000 California Music Awards, was dismissed from the band in January. The guitarist now has a band called Cousin Kevin.

"My clients do not believe there is any validity to any of Mr. Cadogan's claims," said Stephen Kroft, a Los Angeles attorney representing the band.

Associated Press | Nov. 2, 2000