November 3, 2000

Fired Third Eye Blind Guitarist's Lawsuit Against Band Reaches Court Today

(11/3/00, 1 p.m. ET) - Former Third Eye Blind guitarist Kevin Cadogan and his lawyers arrive in U.S. District Court in Oakland, California, today (November 3) for a hearing on Cadogan's lawsuit against his former band. He was fired from the band after a performance at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah in January, and filed suit in June.

Among the claims made in Cadogan's suit is that $350,000 of a $1 million loan from Elektra Entertainment was transferred from the band's bank account to lead singer Stephan Jenkins's "private account without prior notice or approval by [Cadogan]."

Cadogan is suing the band for negligence, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and conspiracy to perpetuate a fraud. The guitarist claims he was promised 50 percent ownership of the band in 1993, but Jenkins was given 100 percent, unbeknownst to Cadogan.

Cadogan was replaced by guitarist Tony Fredianelli, who was in the band before Cadogan came aboard in the early '90s. Singer Jenkins told LAUNCH that Fredianelli's guitar graces their biggest hit. "Tony was in the band originally, actually, and so this is a return to origins, I think. Tony plays uncredited on 'Semi-Charmed Life,' and we're very glad to have him back." -- Darren Davis, New York