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Third Eye Blind's Stephan Jenkins Discusses Breast Cancer Benefit

Aug 15, 2001, 9:15 am PT

Stephan Jenkins
Third Eye Blind singer Stephan Jenkins has organized what he intends to be an annual breast cancer benefit concert, titled Breathe, coinciding with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Breathe will fill L.A.'s Greek Theatre on Oct. 27 with a lineup that, so far, includes Third Eye Blind, Sugar Ray, Deftones, Liz Phair, Run-DMC, Crazy Town, Pete Yorn, Nikka Costa, and Julia Fordham.

"My mother's a breast cancer survivor," Jenkins says. "When she got breast cancer, it brought this into this laser-type focus to me. I started to look at how the disease was marketed to the public. It's always, sort of, pink ribbons and these brave matrons. It's a women's issue, which is not true. For me, it's a son's issue, it's a family issue. What I wanted to do was use the friends I know to change, in some small way, how that's looked at by the public; for 24-year-old males to say, 'This matters to me. This is my mother, this is my aunt.'"

Jenkins says Breathe will pair artists together to challenge format stereotypes: "Everybody who's involved is like, 'No fucking way. We're gonna play together? They're gonna play with me?' You're gonna see a much wider group of people. Since it's everybody's issue, it's everybody's music."

Proceeds from the concert, presented in conjunction with the Step Up Women's Network, are earmarked for the UCLA Breast Center and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Breast Cancer Examination Center of Harlem.

Jenkins emerges with this benefit after spending the last several months building a studio in San Francisco and writing the as-yet-untitled third Third Eye Blind album, which he says to expect by spring.

The lyrics he shared from one new song, "Forget Myself," indicate that benefaction and dark cynicism are not mutually exclusive: "L.A. parties in the phony lands/Phony grabs with manicured hands/All these L.A. parties with the vodka fizz/This is not my life/But maybe it is."

-- Corey Levitan