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1 - STEPHAN SIGHTING!  Are you going to be in the Philly area today?  (in Philly, PA)  If so, make sure to drop by HMB Record Store on Walnut Street from 6:00-7:30pm for an in store signing!

Also, from County Press, which is for Marple/Broomall Township, a suburb of Philadelphia.  Thanks, Christine!

Third Eye Blind Sets Its Sights on Success  By: Joe Szczechowski

The success of a sophomore album can be critical to a band's long-term success, especially if that second album follows a well-received debut. 
The members of Third Eye blind were well aware of the dreaded "sophomore jinx,"  but when it came time to record the follow-up to their multi-platinum self-titled debut, they were determined to not let expectations or nerves
 interfere with their creativity.
"The reason the sophomore jinx exists is because you spend your life writing your first record, and a year writing your second one," said drummer  Brad Hargreaves in a recent telephone interview.  "Sure, I felt a little bit
of pressure going into the studio, but when we started working demos and laying down song ideas, we weren't thinking about making a successful follow-up record.  We simply got caught up in the excitement of the
creative process."
The result of that process is Blue, released in November on Elektra Records.
On tour in support of the album, the band, which also includes vocalist Stephan Jenkins, bassist Arion Salazar, and new guitarist Tony Fredianelli, plays Philadelphia's Electric Factory on April 1 and the University of Delaware's Bob Carpenter Center on April 4.  Tonic opens both shows. 
According to Hargreaves, the band took the same approach recording Blue that it did when recording its first album, which included the hits "Semi-Charmed Life," "Jumper," "Graduate," "How's It Going To Be" and "Losing A Whole
Year."
"This one came together a lot faster," he says.  "After playing the same songs for two years on the road, there was a lot of pent-up creativity that was released quickly.  And this time, we had more freedom to try different things in the studio.  That's one of the luxuries you get for having a successful first record."

2 - Two things from the April 13 issue of Rolling Stone:

Page 128:  

Private Mix:  Favorite Tracks from Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind

The Police
"Walking on the Moon"
I was fifteen when it came out - it was exotic, like it was from another planet. I loved it. I still do.

This Mortal Coil
"Song to the Siren"
A beautiful song that's sung by one of my favorite singers of all time, Elizabeth Fraser from the Cocteau Twins. Lyrically, I think a song must feel haunted to be good. A really good song makes you feel like there's some other presence in the room.

Macy Gray
"I Try"
She's great. Once again, it's haunted. The thing that's great about Macy Gray is that she exposes her vulnerability without being self-pitying. Her voice sounds like a fucked-up Billie Holiday. I think she's the real deal.

Nirvana
"Sliver"
It's definitely my favorite Nirvana song. I like songs where you have one idea, and the idea travels and takes on these different forms throughout the song. I think that what they did with this was really subtle.

The Geto Boys
"Mind Playin' Tricks on Me"
The all-time best rap song ever. It's light rap from a gangsta-rap group. It makes sense of the paranoia of living in violence, and it's a super-great hook. Paranoia that inspires.

Also includes this tidbit on page 44:

THIRD EYE BLIND
The Dragons and Astronauts Tour
Leadman Stephan Jenkins insists that Third Eye Blind's latest album, Blue, "was made to play live."
On this cross-country romp, the San Francisco foursome are welcoming back guitarist Tony Fredianelli in relatively intimate venues.
Why Dragons and Astronauts?  According to Jenkins, "Everyone still looks for dragons in the stars." 
(Do we?)  Fans should prepare for Iggy Pop and Clash covers.
4/1            Philadelphia
4/2            Poughkeepsie, NY
4/3            New York
4/4            Newark, DE
4/6            Atlanta
4/8            Pompano Beach, FL
4/9            Tampa, FL
4/12          Dallas
4/14          Austin
4/15          Houston
4/16          Fayetteville, AR 
4/17          Warrensburg, MO
4/18          Normal, IL
4/20          Columbus, OH
4/21-22    Washington, DC
4/24          Boston

Also, May issue of Teen Magazine has a 3eb mention in it.

3 - STEPHAN SIGHTING!  3eb is on "E!" 12am "Wild on the SouthSeas" performance.

Also, from Launch.com:

Something Borrowed, Something Blue

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No one can ever accuse Third Eye Blind's Stephan Jenkins of being a shrinking violet. On the contrary! This oversized rock star has a big mouth, a booming voice, and an insatiable ego that threatens to consume everything in its path.

Jenkins,

Audio Icon "Wounded"
Audio Icon "Never Let You Go"
Audio Icon "Anything"

along with bandmate Arion Salazar, spoke with LAUNCH executive editor Dave DiMartino in Las Vegas in late 1999. Jenkins, the most outspoken of the two, ranted about a variety of controversial topics: gun control ("Charlton Heston can kiss my ass. He is the most well-spoken idiot I've ever seen in my life and has no understanding of the U.S. Constitution"), rock star behavior ("Like snorting a big line of coke between a slender 15-year-old's thighs? Never!"), and bogus comparisons between his band and Matchbox 20 ("Critics are dumb. There's no excuse for them."). Jenkins admitted that his band has made some "sh-tty" videos, and when pressed for a description of the group's style, he offered up the following tag: "chopper rock."

Video excerpts of the interview can be viewed in Issue No. 36 of LAUNCH on CD-ROM. Check out our live LAUNCH exclusive of Third Eye Blind's lively rendition of "Anything" from their newest disc, Blue.


LAUNCH:
Do you know how many gigs you played for your first, self-titled album?

STEPHAN:
Close to 300-something gigs in two years. We pretty much played every night. We have the number...it's like 380.

LAUNCH:
When making a follow-up record, some bands just dive right in, and others get nervous when it comes to creating the sophomore record. Which camp do you guys fall into?

STEPHAN:
The dive-right-into-it camp. We definitely dove right into it. We were on tour for two years and came out of it deeply confused for about six weeks and then we went in and made a record. It wasn't anything more than that.

ARION:
We dove right into it. We weren't like sitting around talking about what we were going to do: "Man, we need another hit record." It wasn't like that. We got our songs out, demoed and jammed in the rehearsal space, and went into the studio.

LAUNCH:
The new record is much more straightforward rock. Was it a calculated move to make a straight rock record?

STEPHAN:
No, the move wasn't particularly calculated. My approach in producing the record was to try and capture the feeling of what it feels like to be at a Third Eye Blind show. The concert experience is what I was interested in. Also, catching the real character of sound and then sort of trying to make some sense musically of so many different things going on with the drums. Songs like "Camouflage" and "Walking With The Wounded" that are these are these strange, hyper-ballad jungle rhythms that are working almost totally different from what's going on in the music. But to me they work. Those are the calculations. Other than that, we went in and experimented and made a record under the same terms that we made the first record, which was the definition of what was working was exciting to us.

ARION:
At least for me, I don't think we set out to make a rock record. We just made a record. We just made our music like we always do. Some of the songs "rock" and some of the songs don't "rock." What is rocking? We just did our thing and it is what it is. There was no conscious effort to make it sound a certain way.

LAUNCH:
You guys spent a lot of time on the road with the last record--over 300 gigs. You had a lot of time to think about what went into the next record. Was there a specific thing you wanted to do this time in the studio?

ARION:
No, we didn't have much time to think about what we wanted to do on the next record. We were so busy playing shows, doing press, getting drunk, and just getting into trouble and having fun, that I didn't do a lot of thinking of what we were going to do on the next record. As far as something that we did on this record that we didn't do on the last one, I think we opened up the palate of textures and sounds and instruments that we could play and just kind of made a bigger record. We opened our eyes to using string sections and keyboards and stuff like that.

STEPHAN:
We wanted to get energy on this album. I think we got a lot of juice in us and a lot to get out. So we wanted to get the ass-whooping frenzy aspect of Third Eye Blind.

LAUNCH:
How did over 300 shows take its toll on the overall tightness of the band? How different do you sound after all that touring?

STEPHAN:
Well, I think that we're a much tighter band and also a much wilder band...a much quicker band. Everyone has much more confidence in themselves. The song "Red Summer Sun" for me was accounting what it was like to be in Third Eye Blind. A line in the song says, "I walk with the mighty," and that's how I feel when we're hitting on all fours--that there is something mighty about it. That's the feeling I have. I think at its best on the Blue album that we captured that, the feeling that I have.

LAUNCH:
On a production level, you guys really captured that on a sonic level. Your last record went four times platinum. Did you feel a lot of pressure from the record label on this time out? Tell me about the label's expectations compared to what you wanted.

STEPHAN:
Well, we expect them to leave us alone. This is the level of expectation. And they fulfilled the expectation and we are quite grateful for it. And I say that in a funny way, but there is a trust in creative freedom that we have from the label that I appreciate very much. But there are songs on the record that they were like, "Wow, you just can't do that!" But I think there is a subversive element in Third Eye Blind and there is a political element in Third Eye Blind that was evidenced on the last album--in songs like "Jumper," that deals with a friend's suicide because he was gay, and on songs like "Graduate," that just really from its core is us against the powers-that-be. So there has been sort of a political side of the band. And that's what we continue on this record. Perhaps it's more incendiary.

ARION:
No, I didn't even get nervous about...I didn't really feel any pressure...ever. We just did it. That's how I approached it" These are the songs, I think they are good songs, and let's just record them the best we can." The only time that it hit me was recently, I was like, "Oh sh-t, this is our next record, and wonder how it's going to do? I hope people like it." That just hit in the last month. I didn't feel the pressure. People talk about that, but I didn't feel it.

LAUNCH:
I heard that there was a track on the new record that had to be pulled because of the lyrics. What was the song called and what's the story behind it being pulled?

STEPHAN:
You heard correctly. There was a song called "Slow Motion" and it was written about three-and-a-half years ago. It was sort of this parody through this nightmare lullaby of a song about a culture that glamorizes violence and suffering. It's says, "Miss Jones taught me English/ But I think I just shot her son/ 'Cause he owed me money/ With a bullet in the chest/ You cannot run." In the wake of post-Columbine headlines, the label thought that the message of the song would get misconstrued and that this would be the overriding focus of the album. So the offer was that we could put this out ourselves, on our own label through some sort of an independent distribution deal. As far as "Slow Motion" goes, I strongly believe in gun control. Charlton Heston can kiss my ass. He is the most well-spoken idiot I've ever seen in my life and has no understanding of the U.S. Constitution. The British aren't coming, you fool. I believe you can address issues like gun violence, like suicide or sexual assault--as we did in the song "Wounded"--without being preachy, without underestimating the intelligence of the audience and without being de-fanged. When I say de-fanged, I mean becoming didactic about just saying, "It's got to be this way." We believe that people can think for themselves. And if Third Eye Blind had one mission statement it would be "Think for yourself."

ARION:
Yeah, I'm not really crazy about that, but I don't know what to say about it. It's kind of out of my hands. It's kind of weak, actually.

LAUNCH:
You've been involved in a number of "feuds" with other bands. Have they followed you around? Is it difficult for you to be diplomatic?

STEPHAN:
I want to be diplomatic; I love everybody. As far as feuds go, I think that's a terrible idea. I deeply respect the urge and the struggle that any band goes through to make music, regardless of the music they make, as long as they were formed by themselves and not by a producer as a corporate product. Whether I like the music or not, I respect the effort. Because I know at any level, it is hard to do it...even now.

ARION:
I think it's bullsh-t. Feuds in general and being catty with other bands. And having fights with other bands. It's just a waste of time. I'm not really big on it.

LAUNCH:
Now that you have become successful, have you engaged in any "rock star"-type behavior?

STEPHAN:
"Rock star" behavior? You mean like a big line of coke

"A writer said our music was like a 'midnight motorcycle ri

between a slender 15-year-old's thighs? That kind of thing? No, no, no! Is that rock star behavior? I don't like cocaine. But I love thighs!

ARION:
The only difference is that I have money, a little bit of money to do the stuff I couldn't do five years ago. I would have done it five years ago, but I didn't have the money. So now I have some money and I can get a little more crazy. Otherwise, I'm the same person.

LAUNCH:
Tell me about some of the criticism that you've received that you think is, a) bullsh-t, or b) that you think is kind of fair.

STEPHAN:
Criticism that I think is bullsh-t is that we are malicious. We do love everybody. We really do. But then again, there is a line in one of our songs that says, "We toast the blood of our enemies." I mean, Third Eye Blind is family and I'm not interested in having people mess with my folks. That's how I feel about it. That we're malicious...I don't think that's true...I don't think we are. I think oftentimes when you meet us that we're not the bottle-smashing bastards that you thought we might be.

ARION:
I don't really care. I do care, but I don't let it bother me. I just let it roll off me. I'm kind of in that mode where any bullsh-t that comes my way, I'm just, "Whatever." I move on. I'm positive, stay the course.

LAUNCH:
Celebrity girlfriends: Good thing or bad thing?

STEPHAN:
It depends on who you are. It depends on the celebrity girlfriend.

ARION:
It's great, if that's your bag. I think it's f--king excellent, actually.

LAUNCH:
What's the absolutely weirdest thing that has happened to you onstage?

STEPHAN:
I spent two years onstage every night. I'm always intrigued by the ingenuity and the variety of things that get thrown on the stage. It's like Rocky Horror Picture Show up there. They just chuck things up there that I cannot fathom. I've been tackled by a naked girl, and I would describe her body as plush and voluptuous. And she got on top of me in front of 8,000 people onstage and she grinded on me. And it was very rock; it was a deeply rock moment. And as this strange girl was grinding on me and she was being pulled off me and I was singing away, I thought, "This is so f--king rock!"

ARION:
A girl just jumped onstage and started freakin' me and then kind of went into a fellatio-type thing and got on her knees and was unfortunately pulled offstage, much to my regret. That was weird, I guess.

LAUNCH:
You must be really sick of people mentioning your name in the same breath as Matchbox 20.

STEPHAN:
No, we don't hear that much of it, really. There was an entire group of bands that came out at the same time that musically have absolutely nothing to do with each other. I've heard some Matchbox 20 songs and I can't fathom that they have anything to do with Third Eye Blind. People that make those comparisons are usually the critics, they're not the people who actually listen to the music. And they're dumb. There is no excuse for them.

ARION:
Yeah that does piss me off. It's f--king ridiculous because our music is totally different. Our records are just so more eclectic than those bands. They have one sound that they milk. I'm not saying it's bad, it's fine, I just think our band is so much bigger, we have much more to say. I don't understand those comparisons. But then, it's not really a big deal. Some guy wrote it in a magazine and somebody read it. Big f--king deal.

LAUNCH:
Do you think critics want Blue to fail or to be a huge success?

STEPHAN:
I don't know. The response that I've got from the record this year has been shockingly good. I just can't believe it. When we put out the first album, I thought it was going to be a critics' record. I thought it was going to sell 300,000 copies and we were going to be sort of a Radiohead sort of band...beloved by the few and unknown to the many. And it didn't work out that way. We were pretty much ignored by the critics. Very few of them actually listened to the record. There weren't many reviews of the record. It's been a blessing in disguise, because the connection that we have to our fans and our public is very direct, it's not filtered through the hyperbole of the media. We're not a media band. I have no intention of being a media band. I see a lot of artists who make this whole career of talking about themselves and the hype and the stuff supercedes the music. We are a band that comes very much directly from the music first, and we have no intention of changing that at all. It's my life's work and I have put it out there for you, the intelligentsia, to judge.

ARION:
You know, I think some people want us to fail. Probably a lot of people, a lot of writers. They talk a lot of smack. Like Spin magazine really doesn't like our band. I don't really care. I don't like Spin, so it's no big deal.

LAUNCH:
Tell me an artist's career that you wouldn't mind emulating.

ARION:
No one, really.

STEPHAN:
David Bowie, minus all the blow. "David Blowie." He's the coolest f--ker. How old is he? 57 years old? He looks cool as f--k. He looks so young he could be in Backstreet Boys. He looks so awesome. And whether the record is good or not, he seems intrigued by it and you see him play and he has a glory to it that I love. That's me personally, but as a band, I see us as the Police. Do you remember them? [In an Irish accent] "They were a band way back before the potato famine, there was a group called the Police. Three fine cops they were. Bottle blondes, all three of them. And to be sure, they produced some great music." [Back to regular voice] I love the Police and they were a band that took a hold of the time that they were in and made a soundtrack out of it. All the best bands were like that. Another band that I would emulate would be the Clash. Musically they kept changing and doing things differently, but it always sounded like the Clash. And I think this is sort of tacit understanding of our band that we will always change musically and move and shift and grow, but hopefully hold onto some inner feeling that we are Third Eye Blind.

LAUNCH:
If you could change just one thing about the band, what would it be?

STEPHAN:
I would have insisted that we were allowed to make our own videos--entirely and completely unfettered from any outside input. That's the one thing that we have not been allowed to do. I think the videos are cool, I just don't recognize the band and the people that are in them. And they don't really speak to my experience. An exception would be "Jumper," because that song was looking at the chaos that was the club scene in San Francisco in the early '90s. That felt good and it was funny to see how this whole industry of video began to copy that video. I saw Cher's "Believe" video and I was like, "Hey, there's our video with Cher magically put in." And that bitch looks happening.

ARION:
Make better videos. I think some of our videos are kind of sh-tty. I'd like to make some better ones for this record.

LAUNCH:
From a business standpoint, record labels used to develop bands over time. Now, things seem to have been sped up. You guys were lucky because your first record was a hit early on. Do you think quick success is a healthy trend in the industry?

STEPHAN:
I think that there are bands where a whole industry has been set up to copy their hit. And you listen back to the record and there are other complete frauds. They become karaoke artists of themselves. That is no way to sustain a career. We had three songs on the last record that were really big radio hit singles. I think it's safe to say that there are no songs on the new album that emulates any of those three songs. We already made those songs. The basic impulse for Third Eye Blind is to do things that are exciting to us and repetition is not that exciting. Except in masturbation, which is repeatedly exciting every time.

ARION:
I don't feel that, but I know what you mean. Like I said, I honestly don't think about that stuff. I don't sit around and go, "What's going to happen? Gee, I hope they like it!" We just kind of do it. We hope you like it, but if you don't, we don't care.

LAUNCH:
What's the best description of Third Eye Blind's music?

STEPHAN:
A writer from San Francisco said about this album, "Erotic, earthy, and haunted. It's a midnight motorcycle ride through the heart. You can hear the engine rev." I said, "F--k yeah, chopper rock!"

ARION:
Subversive pop. But that's just reaching I guess.

LAUNCH:
Do you have any special skills?

STEPHAN:
I got a fast mouth and I'm really good at this game [whacks his hand]. I can kill anybody in that game. That and peeling oranges are the two skills that I was born with. What is that game called? Whack! Whatever the hand-whacking game is called. "You know the hand whacking game? I can do that one." I got all kind of skills.

STEPHAN SIGHTING!  Also, 3eb will be on VH1's The Daily One show at 2pm eastern time.

4 - From Launch.com:

Third Eye Blind Singer Transformed Into 'Metal God' (4/3/00, 7 a.m. ET) - Third Eye Blind singer Stephan Jenkins just finished a week filming the movie Metal God in Los Angeles. Jenkins plays the role of a singer in a Judas Priest-style cover band. 
The movie also features fellow musician, the Verve Pipe's Brian Vander Ark, who fronts a fictitious band called Blood Pollution. Vander Ark has a "metal" haircut, and Jenkins even wore hair extensions for the shoot. 
Jennifer Aniston and Mark Wahlberg are also featured prominently in the movie, which is scheduled to hit theaters September 1. There was no word as to whether or not Jenkins will keep his hair extensions for the rest of Third Eye Blind's tour, which resumed in Philadelphia on Saturday (April 1) after a week's hiatus. 
Third Eye Blind also took the time to wrap up work on the video for its next single, "Ten Days Late," which was directed by Francis Lawrence. Lawrence worked on the band's video for "Losin' A Whole Year." 
-- Darren Davis, New York

Also, from rollingstone.com:

"Tossed Out" Third Eye Blind Guitarist Moves On

Ousted Third Eye Blind guitarist Kevin Cadogan hasn't let any grass grow under his feet since his exit from the band in January. Not only has he put together a new band, Bully -- Cool Doe on drums, Messiah on bass, and Cadogan on lead vocals and guitar -- but he's already begun recording an album with the help of Jason Carmer, co-producer of TEB's Blue. Cadogan and Carmer will head to Dublin, Ireland, to mix the record, titled bully4you, which is due Aug. 13 on Cadogan's appropriately titled Tossed Out Records.

"I had to wait eight years to finally play with people who respect each other and who I feel a camaraderie with," said Cadogan, clearly happy to be out of his former band.

One of whom is Doe Cool, who has known Cadogan since the seventh grade. "I was hired to be a drum tech for Third Eye Blind, but Stephan started telling me to wax his motorcycle," said Doe. "Hearing Brad [Third Eye Blind drummer Hargreaves] play '1000 Julys' was painful because I knew I could do a better job."

Bully make their debut when they perform two songs at the California Music Awards on April 8 in San Francisco. Cadogan is nominated for Outstanding Guitarist, as well as Outstanding Songwriter, with his erstwhile compatriot, Jenkins. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it) there will be no fireworks at the Awards ceremony because Third Eye Blind are in the middle of a U.S. tour and will not be attending.

JAAN UHELSZKI
(April 4, 2000)

5 - Internet chat with 3eb at sonicnet.com!  9pm EASTERN TIME click link for more info. http://www.sonicnet.com/channels/events/event.jhtml?e_id=555591

Here's a transcipt of the char (note: my question was asked it's highlighted in yellow):

Sonic Net Host: “You get to the point where you just have to grow up and
realize that there is great music all around you and it could be in any
format.” AS

SNH: There’s something about a four-minute song that creates this complete
world you can step into.” SJ

S: Brad would like to give the opening statement…
S: Hey y’all, here we are in Atlanta.
S: A 14-hour drive last night from a really good show in Delaware, and in
about an hour…
S: … we’re gonna go into town with friends from the south.
S: So, in the spirit of our fine little cyber-family, let’s catch up on
what it all is.
Q – thirdeyeblindfan1: Hey 3eb! You guys Rock! I was at the NYC concert
the other day (Great Show!) So what is the best part about touring? Thanks
for the music you guys make. Bye
S: Hey, thanks for coming to the show, we had a great time.
S: You saw the best part of touring.
S: It’s the exchange that we have with each other on stage and with the
fans who see us.
S: Falling asleep on the bunk on the bus on those overnight trips isn’t
bad, either.
Q – legal_eagle20: where did you come up with that name?
S: No idea.
S: What name?
Q – bhg314: I was wondering if you have any idea what the next single/video
might be???
S: We just made a video for “Ten Days Late.”
S: Which includes a scene with Stephan emerging from a young woman’s womb,
covered in ambiotic fluid.
B: It’s about alien intro-uteran alien invasion.
Q – ugajamison: How did you end up with a song on the American Pie
Soundtrack?
S: Our manager liked the movie a lot, I don’t think he got laid in high
school.
S: He talked us into it.
Q – the_psycho_beaver: What will be your next single?
Q – aprilbaby1585: What is the song Jumper about?
S: It’s about giving each other a break.
Q – speedybure_10: Aren’t you guys from the bay area?
S: Yes.
S: Except for Tony, the new guitarist.
Q – celia195: Hey guys I saw your show w/ Tonic in Philly on the 1st… What
do you really think of the Tonic boys?
S: I don’t know them very well, but they seem to be nice, though.
A: They’re really cool guys and formidable drinking buddies and they rock
out with some Bob Segar.
A: Which is always good!
Q – the_psycho_beaver: What’s been your favorite band to play/tour with?
S: Space Monkeys.
B: U2.
A: We played two shows with the Muffs, they were my favorite.
Q – kassiekins: If you guys had your choice, who would you like to tour
with the most?
A: I’d like to tour with Supergrass.
B: I would like to tour with my struggling musician friends in New York
City.
S: I would like to tour with Tenacious D or Korn.
Q – spudnick_15_2003: Where did you come up with the idea for “Jumper”? …
My favorite song I might add.
Q – spudnick_15_2003: First of all I just want to say that I love your
music…ok…Where do you get all the inspiration to right your music?
S: The inspiration comes from the swings and arrows of outrageous fortune.
S: Oh, look, Tony just walked in, replete in green shirt and leather
jacket!
S: And just being vulnerable to life and willing to write it down or sing
it out.
Q – karen149_99: What’s your favorite song you’ve done so far?
S: I’m grooving on “Ten Days Late” right now.
Q – angelfaces182: How long have each of you been playing?
S: Several years now.
S: Everybody started playing around the age of five.
Q – angelfaces182: Was it hard first starting out as a band?
S: Yes.
Q – chriss_crazy_bitch69: Hi! I was wondering, who inspired you guys
throughout your career?
B: Music itself.
Q – Sulliyell: Stephan, you write so beautifully and you’re words are so
insightful and raw that you have inspired me to finish my degree and go for
my dream of writing. I was wondering if you ever through about writing a
book?
S: Thank you so much for your praise.
S: I have thought about writing a book with short stories.
S: Maybe some day when I get the time and the discipline, and good luck to
you with your work.
Q – lazeesusan: Do you like the group Stroke 9?
S: I don’t know their music.
Q – jens_stephanj_dot_com: Each of you guys have yourname.com site now –
how do you feel about having fans give props to you individually as well as
part of the band?
T: It’s more access, it’s good.
A: I’m flattered by it, I really appreciate it.
A: It shows that people are acknowledging each of our talents, which is
great.
B: I agree.

Q – Sulliyell: Who is your favorite author?
T: Edgar Allen Poe.
A: Anthony Burgess.
B: I can’t read.
S: I don’t have a favorite, they all suck! (lol)
Q – ebftexas: Stephan, saw you on VH1 Daily Show the other day…what
prompted the haircut?
S: You know, summer time.
S: It was getting so long that I was growing dreads. It had to stop.
S: It was either cut it or corn rows.
Q – meghanlon: What are your favorite movies?
S: Blade Runner.
A: I love all of Stanley Kubrick’s stuff.
B: Godfather. The first one.
Q – lynsey_3eb: Did you enjoy being a part of the new movie “Metal Gods”?
S: Very much so.
Q – coolnzkiwi: You guys rocked at Sand Job…Do you like that sort of things
or prefer smaller shows?
A: I like all shows.
A: But I prefer smaller shows.
B: I love to play outside. The San Job was great.
Q – jen_u2: Hey, I’m Jen from New Brunswick, Canada, I was wondering if
you’ll ever be performing close to here, cuz I really admire you guys?
S: Yes.
S: We’re a-comin’.
S: And Hell’s comin’ with us.
Q – aussie_grrl16: What was the most insane thing a fan ever did to get
your attention?
A: Some girl ate 28 live worms to get front row seats at our show.
S: A very large Third Eye Blind tattoo on the left breast.
Q – eyore_14: Do any of you have girlfriends?
S: Maybe.
Q – pierced_punk_grrl: What is the craziest thing that has ever happened to
you?
S: We’ve conferred, Brad says the craziest thing that ever happened the
“Big Bang”, followed closely by two female fans 69-ing each other in front…
S: …of my hotel room, in order to get attention.
Q – pierced_punk_grrl: Who writes most of the songs?
S: That would be me.
S: But Tony’s rarin’ to go!
Q – hugybugy626: Hey! I like your recent song. What is your next single
going to be?
S: “Ten Days Late.”
Q – lazeesusan: I know you don’t like your videos but I do. Since MTV and
VH1 hardly ever play them, will I be able to buy them in any stores?
S: Yes. We will be releasing at some point this year, a video collection.
T: VH1 plays our videos a lot.
Q – pmboomhour: Do you like the Backstreet Boys?
A: I do.
A: I like who writes their songs, whoever that is.
S: What can we say about the Backstreet Boys?
Q – pierced_punk_grrl: How hard is it to get along with each other on the
road?
S: The four of us are pretty tight.
S: We get along really well now.
S: We’ve never had more fun in our whole lives.
Q – ugajamison: Will they be in the D.C. area anytime soon (I just moved
here)?
S: We’ll be playing D.C. on the 21st and 22nd, but it’s sold out. At the
9:30 Club.
Q – viper759c: What was your favorite song you have ever written?
S: We haven’t written it yet.
S: We’re just about to write it.
S: It’s on the tip of our collective tongue, about to flick out!
S: Touching, succulent, iridescent, free-flying bug.
S: In one perfect moment of creation and death, like a lightening bolt.
S: Hot, and forever across a spring sky.
Q – minddriver37: Why did Kevin leave the band, and is he doing any other
projects right now?
S: He was “let go.”
S: Because it wasn’t working out.
Q – pjminnick_2000: How did Third Eye Blind get noticed? At a performance
or through a demo CD?
B: Both.
Q – crunkspunky: What is your next single going to be?
Q – sc_sod: Why did you name your new CD Blue?
S: we’re not a single-driven band, the albums are there to be enjoyed in
their entirety.
B: It just made sense.
A: And why not.
Q – mrsheathergismarriednopms: What is everyone’s most inspiring band/song?
And how far have ya’ll taken this inspiration into your own music?
S: Off the top of my head, most inspiring song is the Police’s “Walking on
the Moon, “ but if you asked me twenty minutes from now it would be a
different song…
S: It creates a different world for you to step into and that’s what I try
to do with every song I play.
T: John Lennon’s “Imagine,” for the imagery.
A: “Maneater” by Hall & Oates because of the imagery of Oates chooch(I have
no idea what that word was supposed to be) mustache.
B: I can’t follow that.
S: Thank you for all of your questions!
T: Rise up and over throw the government.
B: We hope to see you all on tour!
S: Peace out!
S: We feel blessed that we have the best fans in the world.

Also, an article from the Miami Herald Living and Arts section. Page 8E.

By: Jennifer Smith.

Band brings new guitarist, new sounds to South Florida

Third Eye Blind, the platinum-selling, San Francisco-based band (made up of Stephan Jenkins, Tony Fedrianelli, Arion Salazar and Brad Hargreaves), is returning to South Florida on its Dragons and Astronauts tour. Arion, the bassits, spoke to YO [Youth Only]about the band's newest CD, Blue, new guitarist Tony Fedrianelli and the latest additions to their stage show.

Smith: How do you compare your new album to the previous one? Which one do you think defines the group better?
Arion: This record has go a broader scope of sounds and textures because of new instruments we used. The first record was more guitar rock, but on this one we experimented with with keyboards a lot, and other instruments like the sistar and the theremin. The theremin, you just wave your hand over to play it, kind of like in sci-fi movies, with the sci-fi movie sound.
Smith: What is the next single?
Arion: 10 days late; we just finished shooting the video last week. It's very bizarre; it's like a sci-fi video. And I hope they play it because it's got these gross-out special effects.
Smith: Who chooses the video concepts? How much input does the band have?
Arion:We are solicited by lots of different directors. They send their ideas to the record company and we look at stacks of director's treatments. We look through them and pick which ones we want.
Smith: During your early tours, you did a few Web casts [concerts broadcast on the Internet]. Do you plan on doing any during this tour?
Arion: Year, we've done quite a few of those. Whenever someone approaches us, we're glad to. It's great to know that someone in Thailand can be watching us perform.
Smith: How do you feel about people taping you concerts?
Arion: I don't have a problem with it. It's something I used to do when I was young, at every opportunity. Gives you something to hold on to the memory with. If you can sneak a tape recorder in, I don't see anything wrong with it.
Smith: It seems that most of the lyrics are based on real-life experiences; are there any songs based on yours?
Arion: Stephan writes all the lyrics and they're almost all autobiographical; sometimes he'll throw in a little bit of fiction in.
Smith: On the new CD, you collaborated with Stephan; do you plan on writing more songs now that Kevin (Cadogan, former guitarist) isn't with the band?
Arion: Yeah - I also co-produced and played about half the guitar on the record and a lot of the other instruments. It doesn't have anything to do with Kevin being gone; it's just an organinc, natural process. I think it will continue to grow in that direction after this album because Stephan and I have a really good relationship in the studio.
Smith: I read that you never really learned to read music. How has it affected you playing and writing with the band?
Arion: That is true. I don't really think it has, because I learned to play by ear. I hate to discourage people fromlearning but it never really hindered me.
Smith: How do fans seem to receiving Tony Fedrianelli?
Arion: They love him; it's crazy. It's really sweet. People are just amazed when they come out back after the show they're just blown away by how cool he is.
Smith: You had big stage productions in the Bonfire Tour; do you plan to do the same kind of thing for this tour?
Arion: Yeah, we've got them. It's more intense; even though it's smaller venues, what we've got now is way phatter. We've got this big light rig -it looks like a UFO. It looks like a flying saucer and it comes down toward the stage during the show.
Smith: Does anyone have any pre-concert superstitions?
Arion: We have a slapping ritual that we just started on this tour. That's where we stand in a circle and slap each other in the face. It kind of brings us all down to the same level.
Smith: Your last your lasted over two years. Is your tour schedule going to be as rigorous for this album?
Arion: Yeah, unfortunately it probably will be.
Smith: What is your favorite part of touring?
Arion: Probably the actual concert itself. You get this crazy energy exchange that comes from being able to look at people and see how the music is affecting them and then that energy comes back to you.

6 -  From New York Nightbeat (thanks, Candice!):

"Blind Ambition" by Ian D'Giff
"Despite the critics, Third Eye Blind is living the semi-charmed life with a new album and sold-out concerts"

As the curtain rises Monday night at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan and Third Eye Blind appears on stage amid life-size dragon heads, fan are going to swoon as critics set in the shadows and sneer.
At least that's what Stephan Jenkins, 3eb's 35-year-old frontman, expects - and he's probably right.
Despite going quadruple platinum with 1997's eponymous debut and willing
Billboard's Modern Rock Track of the Year for "Semi-Charmed Life" that
same year, the San Francisco-based quartet had been cast in the role of
industry whipping boy ever since.
Sitting in his tour bus in front of Detroit's State Theater - one of
dozens of small venues the band will visit during the current "Dragons
and Astronauts" tour - Jenkins is venting his frustrations about the
media via cell phone.  Bassist Arion Salazar is jabbering away in the
background, trying to get his lead singer to ditch the interview so they
can continue their video game.  Jenkins is propped comfortably behind
tinted glass, tyring to show how ludicrous his critics are by bragging
about how many fans are clamoring outside the arena tyring to catch a
glimpse of him.
"There's thousands of them out there, but they can't see through these
windows," says Jenkins with and ain't-I-great laugh.  "This show sold out
in 20 minutes, so I don't know what they're doing out there."
The crowd is a grand representation of 3eb's alterna-pop-loving fans.
Fans that can't get enough of the band's radio-perfected, four-minute
ditties, such as "Graduate" and the new "Never Let You Go," from the
band's sophomore effort, "Blue."  Fans that are so loyal and obsessed
with their MTV heroes that their devotion has clouded Jenkin's ability to
see why most journalists don't view the band in the same light as it's
rabid followers do.
"I thought we made a critics' record," says Jenkins about 3eb's first
album, which yielded a handful of singles that received unrelenting air
play but was universally panned by reviewers.  "It's so unschooled," he
says of the criticism.  "The level of intelligence that's applied to out
band is so screamingly low.
"The media, the press is pretty much irrelevant to us," Jenkins says as
he briefly redirects his ire at his own ilk.  "A lot of this came up
because of the alternative-rock movement.  Where you had the underground
come up and it began to apply a dogma to itself and judgeitself and make
a cookie cutter for itself.  Then the alternative media became the
mainstream media in pop culture, and now it's utterly out of touch.
"I think as a movement in rock culture we're much, much larger then it
seems to outsiders," Jenkins says.  "There's a whole sort of industry of
bands out there trying to be us and they should say so."
Now, as the musical landscape is repeatedly littered with formulaic 3eb
copycats casting forth a deluge of horribly predictable songs, Jenkins
feels it's time he and his boys get their props.  But don't expect
Jenkins to hold his breath; he knows what he's up against - those
"out-of-touch" critics.
"In hindsight," says Jenkins, "it's actually not surprising to me that
we didn't fit into the paradigm."

Ian D'Giff is a freelance writer
Where&When-Third Eye Blind with Tonic.  Monday at 8PM Hammerstein
Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St., Manhattan; 212-564-4882.  The concert is sold
out.

7 - Kevin Cadogan makes a radio appearance on San Francisco's Alice 97.3 to play a new song and gripe about his ousting.  Who can blame the guy?  Also, bully drummer, Cool Doe, refers to 3eb as "Terd Eye Blind."   I must admit, Kevin's songs are quite fetching and I am *thrilled* that his new album comes out in August.  Be on the lookout, folks, it's Classic Kevin via bully and it's rockin!

Also, from the Tampa Tribune:

Third Eye Blind gets an eyeful
By Curtis Ross
The Tampa Tribune
Published: 4/7/00
Life in a rock 'n' roll band can be unreal at the best of times. But some incidents still stick out.
""We were in Indonesia playing in an open amphitheater full of high school students,''remembers Third Eye Blind bassist Arion Salazar, calling from San Francisco during a brief break from his band's current tour.
In the middle of ""Semi-Charmed Life,'' Salazar looked out to see a young girl in full traditional dress, ""with barely [any] of her face showingƒ...ƒsinging every word. I was watching in disbelief.
""That's the coolest thing about touring,'' Salazar says, ""bringing music to cultures that don't get a lot of that sort of thing.''
Other cool things for Salazar include opening stadium shows for both U2 and the Rolling Stones in 1997, an experience he remembers as ""insane and surreal.''
""Playing on stage and running off and 20 minutes later watching Keith [Richards] play "Satisfaction,'‚'' Salazar says, savoring the memory. ""Amazing.''
The band was sharing stages with the superstars mere months after the release of its eponymous debut album in April 1997. Success came quickly, though not quite overnight.
Salazar hooked up with singer Stephan Jenkins in the early '90s. The lineup solidified in 1995 with the addition of guitarist Kevin Cadogan and drummer Brad Hargreaves.
The quartet got a big break when it opened for Oasis in April 1996 at a concert in San Francisco.Civic Auditorium. The band found itself the object of a bidding war, with the Elektra label the eventual victor.
Third Eye Blind's catchy pop-rock, not to mention Jenkins' cocky, old-school rock star persona, made the band stars. But the group's fortunes have been a bit rougher of late.
The band drew flack from its label for ""Slow Motion,'' a song scheduled for inclusion on its second album, ""Blue,'' released in November.
Salazar says Jenkins had already written the song when the two met and that it ""is a parody of the glorification of gangsta rap.''
""The song is general enough so it applies now in the wake of gun violence among young people,'' Salazar says.
The label ""begged us not to put it on the record,'' Salazar says. ""We didn't want the song to be the focus of the record.''
A compromise was reached: The song appears on ""Blue'' as an instrumental. Elektra will give the band money to release the song's vocal version on an EP on its own label.
Another uproar came in January when the band fired guitarist Cadogan. He was replaced by Tony Fredianelli, who had been the band's guitarist before Cadogan.
Cadogan's lawyers are discussing a settlement in regards to his dismissal, according to the guitarist's Web site (www.kevincadogan.com).
""It just wasn't working out,'' Salazar says. ""You try to make it work, you try really, really, really hard and if you can't you have to do what's right for the band.
""It's rough but it's a good thing for us,'' Salazar says, ""and probably for him as well.''

Also, from ??:

Rage, Third Eye Blind Lead California Music Award Nominations
Contributing Editor Richard B. Simon reports

SAN FRANCISCO Bay Area pop band Third Eye Blind and Los Angeles political-rockers Rage Against the Machine lead the nominees for Saturday's 23rd annual Tower Records California Music Awards with seven nods each.
Though Santana's Supernatural generated nine Grammys and Beck's Midnite Vultures was showered in critical acclaim, the veteran Latin-rock band earned only two nominations, while the neo-folkie is up for just three awards.
Founded by now-defunct BAM magazine in 1977 as the Bay Area Music Awards, the Bammies were expanded and renamed in 1998 to honor pan-Californian musical excellence. Rather than being picked by an academy, winners are decided by
popular vote. Ballots were available in Tower Records stores and at the company's Web site.
"California just never quits, as far as being a place where young musicians can grow," said Dennis Erokan, 49, executive producer of the awards show and former BAM editor in chief.
"There's great musicians all over the country, but having places like San Francisco and Los Angeles [in which] to really grow your craft, is something that's special to this state," he said.
Vying for awards in the Outstanding Album, Outstanding Single and Outstanding Group categories are such heavyweights as Dr. Dre, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Korn, Primus, Fiona Apple, Metallica, Will Smith, Beck and Santana.
"[A California Music Award is] an especially important award in that it wasn't given by jaded music-industry professionals it was awarded by people that still can listen to music," Cake singer/guitarist John McCrea said after the band won an award for Prolonging the Magic (1998) at last year's Bammies.
The ceremony, to be held at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, typically allows fans to rub elbows with their favorite artists.
"In rock 'n' roll, there really isn't anything else like that," Erokan said. "It's just so fun to see Metallica sitting there, and fans at the next table, when they realize who's sitting next to them, their jaws drop. ... The fans are really cool about it, and the artists tend to be really cool about giving autographs and talking to the fans."
Suprises Promised
Though rockers Oleander, Smash Mouth, Stroke 9 and Applesaucer and R&B album nominees Ledisi and Meshell Ndegeocello are scheduled to play this year's show, the full performance lineup is rarely nailed down before the night of the ceremony.
An all-star jam traditionally closes the night's program. Last year's jam featured exGrateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir jamming with a stage full of musicians, including Beastie Boys turntablist Mix Master Mike and the Long Beach Dub Allstars.
Veteran rapper Hammer is scheduled to appear as a presenter.
Members of Third Eye Blind, who took home three awards last year, are nominated for Outstanding Rock/Pop Album, Bassist, Drummer and Songwriter, for work on their sophomore album, Blue.
Recently ousted Third Eye Blind guitarist Kevin Cadogan is nominated for Outstanding Guitarist. His competition includes Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Kirk Hammett (Metallica) and Ben Harper.
Singer/songwriter Fiona Apple is the only female artist nominated in the Outstanding Album category, which also includes Santana's Supernatural, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Californication (RealAudio excerpt of title track), Beck's Midnight Vultures, Rage's The Battle of Los Angeles, and Blink-182's Enema of the State.
Funky-soul diva Macy Gray is up against Ndegeocello and Ledisi in the R&B album category, for On How Life Is.
Veteran rocker Carlos Santana who requested never to be nominated again for Outstanding Guitarist will not attend the ceremony but will play a reunion show with Supernatural collaborators in Southern California on the same night. Santana's namesake band is also nominated for Outstanding Single for the Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty)/Itaal Shur-penned hit, "Smooth" (RealAudio
excerpt).
Nominees in the Outstanding Hip-Hop Album category include Dr. Dre 2001, Will Smith's Willennium, Master P's Only God Can Touch Me and Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott's Da Real World, which includes the single "She's a Bitch" (RealAudio
excerpt).
Internet Helps Increase Voter Turnout
The Bammies also award career accomplishments. The Bill Graham Lifetime Achievement Award, named for the late concert promoter, will go to Arista records president and Supernatural producer Clive Davis.
Awards for public service and for excellence, respectively, will go to Rage Against the Machine and Metallica and conductor/composer Michael Kamen for their collaboration on S&M, which paired the metal band with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.
In the past five years, an average of 6,000 ballots per year were returned by mail and an additional 6,000 via email mostly by BAM readers. Due to this year's increased Internet and in-store presence, Erokan said, promoters received more than 60,000 ballots.


8 - Third Eye Blind has been nominated for 7 awards in the 2000 California Music Awards.  Check the official Bammies site for info on the LIVE webcast of the event.

KEVIN'S PERFORMING WITH HIS NEW BAND "BULLY"

Note:  3eb will NOT be present for this year's BAMMIES.  Stephan told me "I've got a gig already" but they WILL have a special video appearance (pre-taped).

What: California Music Awards (formerly the Bammies)
When:
Saturday, April 8, 2000 7:30pm
Where: The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
Tickets: http://www.tickets.com/event_info.cgi?pid=525580
Prices:  Table seats $100, Lodge seats $60 and balcony $30 see map below of venue
Vote:  Vote for 3eb at www.towerrecords.com

Rage Against the Machine, Third Eye Blind Lead Nominees For Revamped Bammies  Jan 19, 2000, 1:15 pm PT  - Donna DeChristopher


Third Eye Blind

The Bammies are back ... and Rage Against the Machine, Third Eye Blind, and Metallica are the top runners for the newly-christened Tower Records California Music Awards.
Rage Against the Machine and Third Eye Blind have scored seven nominations each for the revamped awards, which honor California-based artists. Metallica earned four nominations, while the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blink-182, Beck, Fiona Apple, and Me'Shell NdegeOcello tied with three nominations each. Rage, Santana, Beck, Fiona Apple, and Blink-182 are competing in the Outstanding Album category, while Lit, Santana, Blink-182, Smash Mouth, and Sugar Ray are vying for Outstanding Single honors.  
The 23rd annual ceremony is set to take place Saturday, April 8, at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. So far, Smash Mouth is the first band confirmed to perform.  
The Bammies were founded by BAM, the seminal San Francisco music magazine, to honor Bay Area artists. Last year, the Bammies became the California Music Awards, and included Southern California artists. BAM closed its San Francisco and Los Angeles magazines in June, 1999.

The nominees for the Tower Records 1999 California Music Awards are:

Outstanding Album:
Santana, Supernatural
Beck, Midnight Vultures
Rage Against the Machine, The Battle of Los Angeles
Fiona Apple, When the Pawn ...
Blink-182, Enema of the State
Outstanding Single:
Lit, "My Own Worst Enemy"
Santana featuring Rob Thomas, "Smooth"
Blink-182, "All the Small Things"
Smash Mouth "All Star"
Sugar Ray, "Someday"
Outstanding Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album:
Rage Against the Machine, The Battle of Los Angeles
Korn, Issues
Primus, Anti Pop
Metallica, S&M
Buckcherry, Buckcherry
Outstanding Hip/Hop Rap Album:
Dr. Dre, Dr. Dre
Will Smith, Willennium
Master P, Only God Can Judge Me
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Da Real World
Outstanding Rock/Pop Album:
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Californication
311, Soundsystem
Smash Mouth, Astro Lounge
Beck, Midnight Vultures
Third Eye Blind, Blue
Outstanding R&B Album:
Me'Shell NdegeOcello, Bitter
Macy Gray, On How Life Is
Ledisi, Soulsinger
Outstanding Debut Album:
Stroke 9, Nasty Little Thoughts
Bell Rays, Let It Blast
Oleander, February Son
For Stars, For Stars
Applesaucer, Applesaucer
Outstanding Group:
Third Eye Blind
Blink-182
Rage Against the Machine
Smash Mouth
Offspring
Outstanding Female Vocalist:
Fiona Apple
Cher
Sheryl Crow
Jewel
Me'Shell NdegeOcello
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott
Outstanding Male Vocalist:
Beck
Steve Harwell (Smash Mouth)
Adam Duritz (Counting Crows)
Zach De La Roche (Rage Against the Machine)
Stephan Jenkins (Third Eye Blind)
Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray)
Outstanding Guitarist:
Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine)
John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
Ben Harper
Kevin Cadogan (Third Eye Blind)
Outstanding Bassist:
Les Claypool (Primus)
Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Me'Shell NdegeOcello
Jason Newstead (Metallica)
Arion Salazar (Third Eye Blind)
Outstanding Drummer:
Donna C (the Donnas)
Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
Joey Waronker (R.E.M.)
Brad Wilk (Rage Against the Machine)
Brad Hargreaves (Third Eye Blind)
Greg Camp (Smash Mouth)
Outstanding Songwriter:
Tom Waits
Zach De La Roche (Rage Against the Machine)
Adam Duritz (Counting Crows)
Jenkins/Cadogan (Third Eye Blind)
Fiona Apple

I'm GOING!  YEAH!  I am at table 9!  The bands sit with the fans at the tables so I wonder who's sittin with me?

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Also, from San Jose Mercury News:

Ex-Third Eye Blind-er set to take stage 
BY CANDACE MURPHY 
Mercury News Pop Music Writer
JUST when tonight's Bay Area Music Awards were all but written off as a meaningless event -- two years ago the familiarly known Bammies morphed into the California Music Awards and last June the awards founding magazine, BAM, folded -- things finally got interesting.
Earlier this week, former Third Eye Blind guitarist Kevin Cadogan spelled out both his intention to play at the gala as well as what caused the rift between him and his former band. 
Cadogan and his new band, bully, are scheduled to play two songs at the 23rd annual California Music Awards at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. San Jose's Smash Mouth headlines a bill that includes Ledesi, Oleander and Stroke 9.
``We've been practicing up at my house,'' said Cadogan, taking a break at a cafe in Berkeley. ``We just got our first neighbor complaint last night. I was like, finally. We're not rockin' enough.''
Cadogan hasn't performed in public since his January dismissal from Third Eye Blind. His old band is tied with Rage Against the Machine for most nominations -- seven; Cadogan is nominated as outstanding guitarist.
No reason has ever been given for Cadogan's termination, even though he shared songwriting credits with front man Stephan Jenkins on 16 songs on the band's two albums. 
``Stephan said in an interview that I was a `great guy,' and it was a `music biz' thing,'' said Cadogan, 29. ``And it was.'' 
The two had a tempestuous relationship for some time despite a record contract signed back in 1996, Cadogan said. Problems started when the band's lawyer set up a corporation in Jenkins' name without Cadogan's knowledge. At the same time, Jenkins was branching out, acting as the producer for a women's group, the Braids, and looking into starting other projects. 
``He was looking into getting into some more glamorous things,'' said Cadogan. ``And that was like buying a boat with a friend, and then when the pink slip comes in the mail, finding out it's only in his name.''
Cadogan said things came to a head between the two when Elektra approached the group and offered a reported $1 million advance to record an EP. Cadogan refused to sign off on the deal, and Jenkins said he would go ahead and take the money without him. ``I didn't want to sign because I wanted to work out our legal position,'' said Cadogan. 
``I didn't want to sign what is in essence a loan, be liable for that, and have Stephan go and set up a record company with it.''
Cadogan's stand resulted in his being stranded after the second of two gigs in Park City, Utah, as part of the Sundance Film Festival. Jenkins, drummer Brad Hargreaves and bassist Arion Salazar ditched Cadogan there and flew to Los Angeles to perform on ``The Tonight Show.'' Cadogan was replaced by Tony Fredianelli, one of the band's early members.
The band and the record company were asked to comment on the breakup. ``There's no comment on anything,'' Amy Meyer, tour publicist, said. ``They're gone. They're on the road.'' Jenkins has refused to comment on the situation in interviews promoting Third Eye Blind's ``Dragons & Astronauts'' tour -- a billing that causes Cadogan to roll his eyes and take a long drag off his cigarette.
After his ouster, Cadogan teamed up with former Third Eye Blind drum technician Cooldoe and backup musician Adam ``Messiah'' Johnson to form bully. The band's first album should be released in August on Cadogan's label, Tossed Out Records. Cadogan is looking forward to tonight's awards, and not just because it's bully's live debut. Cadogan will be the only representative of Third Eye Blind at the show, an interesting development should the fractured band win in the outstanding rock/pop album category for ``Blue.'' 
``Oh, I'm sure Third Eye Blind's manager Eric Godtland would do a video acceptance for the band, if it came to that,'' said Cadogan, adding that he wouldn't care if he weren't allowed to step on stage on behalf of Third Eye Blind. ``But I'm more excited bully is playing. As long as there's music in my head, I'm never going to be down. I believe in serendipity.''
California Music Awards Where: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove St., San Francisco
When: 7:30 tonight Tickets: $30-$100;
available at Tower Records stores or through BASS, (408) 998-BASS

Also, from Launch.com:

Rage, Third Eye Blind Set For California Music Awards (4/8/00, 7 a.m. ET) - The 23rd Annual California Music Awards -- or the Cammies, formerly known as the Bammies (for Bay Area Music Awards) -- will take place this tonight (April 8) at the Bill Graham Auditorium in San Francisco. 
Rage Against The Machine and Third Eye Blind lead the nominations pack with seven each, but not far behind is Smash Mouth, which garnered five nods. Smash Mouth's song "All Star" is up for outstanding single, the album Astro Lounge is up for outstanding pop/rock album, the band is up for outstanding group, Steve Harwell was nominated for outstanding male vocalist, and Greg Camp was nominated for outstanding guitarist. 
Harwell told LAUNCH his opinions about the California Music Awards. "That's cool, because, ya' know, that means a lot 'cause that's really, that's where we're from, and that's what it's about," Harwell said. "It's a little bit more intimate than like a Grammys I don't even think the Grammy's are for real anymore At the California Music Awards, you get to see all the bands that are from California. No Doubt always shows up -- they're good about that -- and Metallica and those guys will show up... It's just cool to support something like that, too, for us, so I hope we clean house in that." 
Scheduled performers for this year's California Music Awards include Smash Mouth, Stroke 9, and Oleander, among others. Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello is expected to attend, and the band's Zack De La Rocha may show up as well. 
-- Darren Davis and Chad Dougatz

9 - From San Francisco Chronicle:

Rage Against the Machine takes five awards at California Music Awards
RON HARRIS, Associated Press Writer

(04-09) 02:30 EDT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Socially conscious rockers Rage Against the Machine took home five ``Bammie'' awards Saturday at the California Music Awards.
Led by frontman Zack de la Rocha, the Los Angeles band won the outstanding hard rock/heavy metal album award for ``The Battle of Los Angeles.'' They also claimed awards for outstanding group, artist of the year, and the Arthur M. Sohcot Award for Public Excellence.
Rage Against the Machine band member Tom Morello also won the outstanding guitarist award at the ceremony held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.
Grammy award-winner Carlos Santana took home the outstanding album Bammie for ``Supernatural,'' his collaborative work with young pop artists. Santana's song ``Smooth,'' featuring singer Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20, won for outstanding single.
Other winners included Fiona Apple for outstanding female vocalist, Smash Mouth's Steve Harwell for outstanding male vocalist and Will Smith's ``Willennium'' for outstanding hip hop/rap album.
Third Eye Blind lead singer Stephan Jenkins and former bandmate Kevin Cadogan won the Bammie for outstanding songwriting, despite the fact that the band fired Cadogan in January after a performance at the Sundance Film Festival.
He has since started a new band called Bully which was invited to perform at the ceremonies.
The Bill Graham Lifetime Achievement Award went to Arista Records president Clive Davis. Another Arthur M. Sohcot Award for Public Excellence was given to Metallica and conductor/composer Michael Kamen for their collaborative work combining heavy metal with an orchestral ensemble.
The awards ceremony was previously known as the Bay Area Music Awards, hence the Bammies. Southern California artists are now included among nominees.

10 -   From Yahoo.com:

Third Eye Blind Contributes To Suicide-Prevention Kit

(4/10/00, 7 a.m. ET) - Third Eye Blind and U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher have teamed up with Ronald McDonald House Charities and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) to distribute a suicide-prevention kit to high schools.

Approximately 25,000 copies of Depression: On The Edge will be sent to public high-school guidance counselors across the country to help them reach out to troubled students who may have experienced depression or other suicide symptoms. The video, which was recently honored by the National Mental Health Association, features Kelsey Bartel, a 17-year-old suicide attempt survivor, and other teens discussing their experiences with depression.

Third Eye Blind also comments on the meaning of "Jumper," a depression-themed song from the band's multiplatinum eponymous debut album. Bassist Arion Salazar told LAUNCH that the song was written from a personal experience. "It actually is a song about our manager's friend who committed suicide off a bridge in San Francisco, and it's kind of a warning to people who might be considering something like that," he explained.

-- Nick Tsolkas, New York

Also, from Yahoo.com:

Santana, Rage Win The Battle Of California

(4/10/00, 2 p.m. ET) - Santana and Rage Against The Machine emerged as the big winners at the California Music Awards at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on Saturday night (4/8). Santana delivered the one-two punch by scoring wins in this fan-voted contest for outstanding album and outstanding song for Supernatural and "Smooth," respectively. Rage, meanwhile, nearly emulated Santana's showing earlier this year at the Grammy Awards by nabbing five honors overall, including artist of the year, outstanding group, outstanding hard rock/heavy metal album for The Battle Of Los Angeles, outstanding guitarist in Tom Morello, and a special award of excellence for public service.

The Los Angeles band was represented by Morello, who told LAUNCH backstage what the honors - known as Bammies -- mean to him. In fact, he was so pleased he thought he had won one more than he actually did. "It's something that's voted on by the people of California. As a California resident for the last 13 years it's really gratifying, [I] don't take it all for granted, and the fact that we won six Bammies this year is really overwhelming. It's really amazing."

But Morello wasn't all about celebrating on this evening. Upon accepting the award for public service based on the band's efforts on behalf of several causes ranging from the United Farm Workers to Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, the guitarist warned the crowd, "No matter how high the Dow Jones ever goes, some people get left behind."

Verbal fireworks of another kind came from Smash Mouth's Steve Harwell, who took home one Bammie with his band mates in the category of outstanding rock/pop album for Astro Lounge and another of his own for outstanding vocalist. During his acceptance speech for the vocalist honor, Harwell lashed out at Bay Area rival Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind, who, along with former Third Eye member Kevin Cadogan, picked up the outstanding songwriter nod. "Greg Camp should have won songwriter of the year," Harwell said, speaking of his own band mate. "Stephan Jenkins sucks! Who's number one? Smash Mouth!"For his part, Jenkins was a no-show at the event, as were several other winners such as Santana, Will Smith, Fiona Apple, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea. But one appearance of note was Cadogan, who proved that there is life after Third Eye Blind. The vocalist/guitarist performed with his new band, Bully, bashing out two guitar-heavy songs that will likely be on an album due out later this year.

Other performers included Stroke 9, Oleander, Me'Shell NdegeOcello, and classic rocker Eddie Money, with backing from Metallica's Kirk Hammett and Cadogan's Bully on a version of his 1978 hit, "Two Tickets To Paradise."

Here is a complete list of winners for the 1999 California Music Awards:

Artist of the Year:
Rage Against the Machine

Outstanding Group:
Rage Against The Machine

Outstanding Album:
Supernatural - Santana

Outstanding Single:
"Smooth" - Santana featuring Rob Thomas

Outstanding Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album:
The Battle Of Los Angeles - Rage Against The Machine

Outstanding Rock/Pop Album:
Astro Lounge - Smash Mouth

Outstanding Hip/Hop Rap Album:
Willennium - Will Smith

Outstanding R&B Album:
Bitter - Me'Shell NdegeOcello

Outstanding Debut Album:
Nasty Little Thoughts - Stroke 9

Outstanding Songwriter(s):
Stephan Jenkins/Kevin Cadogan - Third Eye Blind

Outstanding Male Vocalist:
Steve Harwell - Smash mouth

Outstanding Female Vocalist:
Fiona Apple

Outstanding Guitarist:
Tom Morello - Rage Against The Machine

Outstanding Bassist:
Flea - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Outstanding Drummer:
Lars Ulrich - Metallica

Arthur M. Sohcot Award For Public Service:
Rage Against the Machine

Arthur M. Sohcot Award For Excellence:
Metallica and Michael Kamen

-- Neal Weiss, San Francisco

11 - Rollingstone.com Webcast!  Backstage Interview with Stephan Jenkins.  Stephan talks about why the album is called "Blue," the scoop on Black and Slow Motion AND 3eb's newest song written "Fucked Up Kid".  It's about 25 minutes long and here are the links to listen!  

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12 -  From Elektra.com:

3EB Goes Green - 04/12/2000 Third Eye Blind goes GREEN! Platinum plus band, working their sophomore effort Blue like the tough San Francisco muthas that they are, will be joining Leonardo DiCaprio and friends for EARTH DAY 2000 at the National Mall in Washington DC on April 22. It is the 30th anniversary of the event and Leonardo is hosting. Third Eye Blind is scheduled to go on sometime between 12pm and 4pm, with other music artists including James Taylor, Clint Black, The Indigo Girls and others. The bad news is that the Presidential candidates may also appear, lying about their dreadful environmental records. 3EB, who recently won California music award, may toss statue at George W if he has the nerve to show up.

13 - From Austin Insite Magazine:

third eye blind

I've gotta come clean: Picking up the ringing phone a couple weeks ago to talk to Third Eye Blind's Stephan Jenkins, I expected a cocky, empty-headed, hair-obssessed alt-rock frontman; you know - someone 
like that guy from Better Than Ezra. The voice on the other end, though, surprised me. Jenkins is (or is at least good at appearing) sweet and well-spoken, equally at home discussing his band's sales figures, (as he did several times in our conversation) or his theories on artistic expression. Maybe I shouldn't have been surprised, though, considering my feelings on Blue, his band's new album. Of course, I didn't expect to like that, either, nor did I 
think I'd like the band's self-titled debut. I'd written off alternative rock as a meaningless radio format years ago, retreating into obscure safe spaces and decade-old Zombies records for cover. But something about "Semi-Charmed Life" just did it for me, capturing the intangible power of pop in a three-minute tune about oral sex and shooting up. Excited by what I'd heard, I gave the full-length more than a curious listen and came up with one of my favorite records of the year. Blue's less great, but it is more adventurous, displaying Jenkins' formidable production chops and the band's interest in a broadening sonic pallette. Perhaps unfortunately (for us), guitarist 
Kevin Cadogan, whose always been an integral part of the band's sound, has just been fired. While it may lessen the band's developing guitar-based blitzkreig, the record still sounds fine. Which is about 90 percent more than I can say for, well, Better Than Ezra. 
The new album is a lot edgier than I expected. There are a lot of guitars on it. 
Stephan Jenkins: There's three guitar players in the band, three guys that all have something to say on the guitar. Make room, baby. 
Maybe because of the radio success of the last record, my first impression of the first single off this record was, "Hello, commercial suicide." What's your take on that? 
Commercial suicide. All for it. 
Why? 
The idea of commercial suicide is an interesting one. I think that Third Eye Blind is more than their radio singles. I think songs like "Narcolepsy" and "Thanks a Lot" on the first record are really valid songs. "I Want You," "Motorcycle Drive By" - I think all of those songs really matter. Also, I don't think that because they're less 
immediate they're less worthy than the songs that were on the radio. 
But I'm a little surprised that you were, you know, allowed to make this album, and not one full of "Semi-Charmed Life"s. 
Yeah, but we already made "Semi-Charmed Life," and there's already a whole army of bands out there trying to make "Semi-Charmed Life." There's a whole bunch of bands out there who are trying to make a blueprint of that song. Let 'em have it. We're not gonna do it; we're gonna go do something else. 
That song seemed to be a bit of an anomaly on the first record. It seemed a little more standard pop. 
In a way, I guess. Except that the layout, the arrangement of it, isn't standard pop at all. And then the subject matter - snorting speed and coming in your girlfriend's face - is not your standard pop topic. 
I saw a preview for The Tigger Movie the other day that used the song and I was blown away. Your band is misinterpreted like nobody else. 
Isn' t that funny? It's really weird. On this album, "Anything" was the song that I really liked, and the label didn't want us to make that the first song, but I like it, it now has the award of being the shortest top-10 song ever on modern-rock radio. I'm all about it. "Never Let You Go" is number three on modern-rock charts, the album shipped platinum and the tour's sold out. To me, that's not commercial suicide; what I felt was commercial suicide was to go with the most immediate, catchy tune on the record and present yourself with that. That, to me, was not what I wanted to do, even though all the powers that be repeatedly wanted that. But I didn't want to have a bunch of 
hype associated with the release of this album, because it seems really unhealthy to me. We've always sort of been an underdog. "Underdog"' is not quite the right word, but we've always had a pretty direct conduit to the people who actually embrace our music. It hasn't been filtered through a bunch of hype, and I like that and sort of 
want to keep it that way. 
"Never Let You Go" seems a little out of place, too, like "Semi-Charmed Life" was on the first one. The rest of the new stuff seems a lot darker. 
Yeah, I think so. "Never Let You Go" is about betraying each other, changing and letting each other down. How we sort of lose track of each other, and lose track of ourselves. So it's not a real bright topic. Oh, let's just be real: We ripped off Lou Reed. 
It seems people want to sweep that darkness under the rug or something. 
Yeah, I think that people at the label would try to do that. I just don't think they understand who our audience is at all, not at all. But who cares what they think? It hasn't stopped us from doing what we're doing. Fuck 'em, dude. 
Fuck 'em. 
How much writing and experimenting was going on in the studio? Did it play a bigger role this time? 
Yeah, I think it did a little bit, but it was still very rushed. We did have a little bit more time to do it, we did do that a little bit more. 
Any interest in producing other people? 
I�d love to; the problem is time. There's lots of people I' d love to produce. 
Example? 
U2. I'd like to produce a U2 record. Macy Gray, she's so great; I'd love to work with her. 
I can see that. There seems to be a hip-hop/R&B thing going on in Third Eye Blind. 
Oh, definitely. That's a common thread between all of us: Limp Bizkit, Korn, Beck and Third Eye Blind. The place where we meet is hip-hop, lyrically and rhythmically. 
Was that a large part of your musical history? 
Yeah, it's part of everyone's history. It's just because there's lines between black and white that you don't acknowledge it or you don't feel like you can own it. But hip-hop is mine; De La Soul is mine. I just never thought it wasn't. Bob Marley, same thing. That was the stuff I was into as a little kid. I just don't see the difference. 
When the first record came out, you guys got lumped in with a lot of other bands. I think it's happening less this time around. 
That's all really changed. You can't make the comparison to the groups that we came up with. And it's just because critics are lazy and scared. 
Speaking of which, you've earned a reputation as kind of a bad boy. Does that seem really media-generated and empty to you? 
Yeah. You said it perfectly. 
Frustrating? 
No, it's not frustrating. It's a story, it's not the truth. This is just generated by people who need to have copy. They gotta make their really small paragraphs pop; it's what needs to happen. I think that I speak my mind and I have a pretty dark sense of humor which a lot of times doesn't go over well. But I think that most people who know me 
think I'm a good person, that just doesn't make a good copy. What does is that I'm Jim Morrison. 
That gives the records an interesting edge, because people think they know you. I've done it before. Like, I think your records really ride a line between sensitivity and machismo. 
Machismo, really? I definitely get the sensitivity, but where's Henry Rollins up in this? 
Well, maybe it's not even a lyrical thing, but there seems to be some polarity there. Compare "Semi-Charmed Life" with "Motorcycle Drive By" from the old record. 
That's the song where it's pretty exposed, and when you are exposed you don't look so good. That's what I like about Macy Gray, she deals with some real vulnerability that doesn't turn into, you know, sentimentalizing herself. It's sort of honest, but there's still something humble about it. I like that a lot. I don't think that's assigned to me, but I think that's more of a personality thing, more of a public image issue, more than the music. The persona can get in 
the way of the music; it's kind of a pain in the butt. I'm not really trying for that. I think people like Marilyn Manson, Courtney Love and even Beck, all the story and stuff that they generate is this whole third career, a career based on talking about yourself, it gets in the way of the actual music that they make. 
As opposed to those artists, you guys have a pretty low media presence. 
We have a low media presence. That's really just a vanity. We've never been on the cover of a magazine ever, and we sold five million records on our first album. We didn't have any big articles in Rolling Stone or Spin or anything else on this album and it's shipped platinum, sold gold right now and the tour is sold out. So they're not related. 
There's a culture of people out there who embrace what we do, who really care about music. There's a whole other culture out there which is professional culture, a media culture that is intrigued by music. That's totally different, and I don't care about them and they don't care about me, and that's perfect. There's some sort of magic there, in the sense that people do the impossible act of coming out of their selves and stepping into just a little of communion with each and without being indoctrinated. I really dislike religion of all kinds because of the indoctrination, but I do like the idea of people sharing with each other, and we get that. We get that at our shows. That's great, and it's not something you're gonna get out of a magazine. With that said, I just did a photo spread with Bruce Weber 
in Interview magazine, so it's not like I'm above it; it's just not particularly relevant. 
But if you don't do interviews, that contributes to this idea that people think they know you. Does that bother you? 
Not at all. 
Even knowing that that's only a part of you? 
Well, those people who think that they know me through my songs, it's not like we're gonna get a whole lot of one-on-one time, so them thinking that is fine with me. I'm flattered, but it's part of the isolation that I talk about on this record. It comes with being a rock star: 
Is that isolation real? I mean, I've heard so many Bob Seger songs that it seems really far-off and unreal. If you're not in it, it's difficult to understand. 
Yeah, and I'm certainly not trying to explain it. It's such a rarefied thing, that's not an experience you can really share, nor is it universal, therefore not really interesting. But what is universal is people feeling that they are isolated, and that does happen. You spend all your time in hotel lobbies and on a bus and then you're backstage 
- you're not at the concert with all of your friends - then you're in your hotel room. There's a lot of that, years of that. Then the circle of friends that you have grows and changes as you have, and you realize that the bonds that held you together have changed. That happens to every junior in high school between junior and senior year, when they realize that they want to switch cliques, so that's a universal position, and those are the things that I talk about on the record. I just don't talk about being on tour. 
Did it blow your mind when it actually happened, having heard these rock stories as a kid, as we all do? 
The most eye-opening experience last year was that there was something humbling about all this success that we had achieved, there was something quieting about it. You do the stuff that really comes from your own place and that makes this connection to other people, and they sort of realize that we're all in this big nightmare joke 
together. 
Is the rock-star machine ever a threat to that? 
Constant threat. 
Is Blue a refusal of it? 
No, I think we just made a record under a lot of the same intentions as the last record. We were making a record that's exciting to us, that we like, that we're into. The fact that it�s real to us hopefully makes it eligible to travel to other people. 
But you made this record with people watching, which wasn't the case last time. 
Yes, the eyes of Australia are upon us. It's based on being inspired and excited about what you're doing, as soon as that stops, then you move onto something else. 
And it wasn't hard to maintain that focus? 
Not during the process of making the album. It only happened afterwards. When it was done, we went, "Wow, this is weird." 

Third Eye Blind is performing Friday, April 14th at the Austin Music Hall.

17 - From The Daily Texan:

Third Eye Blind's original rock vision

Leader of popular band discusses his explorations in music, fans and America

Matt Dentler
Daily Texan Staff

In the back of their tour bus, an hour before walking onto the Austin Music Hall stage Friday night, Third Eye Blind is doing what they do best playing together. New guitarist Tony Fredianelli and lead singer Stephan Jenkins sit while the former makes nice work of a catchy riff on his acoustic guitar and the latter begins to harmonize vocals for accompaniment. It sounds good lush and melodic like most of the San Francisco band's best work. The back of the bus makes for a cozy rehearsal space, decked out with dozens of scented candles and dim lighting. The band is just hanging out next door to the Music Hall, enjoying their posh rock star accommodations and feeding off of their shared creative energy.

 

Third Eye Blind members Brad Hargreaves, Stephan Jenkins, Tony Fredianelli and Arion Salazar had a successful stop in Austin Friday night with a sold-out show at the Music Hall.

"Songs come in as just things in your head. You just mess around with them," Jenkins says, while his bandmate wraps up a splendid solo. It could be the makings of an upcoming hit.

For this quartet, if any messing around is done, it ends up in improvement. After releasing some of the biggest and best alternative radio hits of the last few years including "Semi-Charmed Life," "Jumper" and "How's It Going To Be" their self-titled debut went multi-platinum. They toured with rock greats like The Rolling Stones and U2. It was an enormous amount of success for a band's debut, and no one knew what to expect from their follow-up. Released last fall, their second album, Blue, is a fluid and absorbing rock masterpiece. They have transcended the past to create ambitious compositions. Why can't more new bands be like Third Eye Blind?

Few new bands are so amazingly talented and so powerful. "Sounds like a good opening for your [article]," Jenkins added with a chuckle. The Austin stop is the latest on the band's Dragons & Astronauts Tour, a huge rock spectacle made for more intimate settings and made with a special, artistic motivation.

"This one's been about theater and being theatrical. We played a lot of theaters, and the stage has been very much like a rock theater, like Queen. We're not trying to be subtle," Jenkins said. "This [tour] definitely is by far the best we've ever had. There's just so much joy going on. We have so much more of a wild, dynamic range. We rock a lot harder, and I think we're being recognized as such. We're being recognized now as one of the ascendant rock bands. The way we play on stage now, it's just like the highs are higher.

"Our tours have sold out in 30 minutes and I don't know why. I don't know what it is. But I think people know by word of mouth, that the shows are really sort of ... we sort of bleed for each and every one of them. I like the experience of it. I like to play and create this evening and create this sense of theater for people."

With the release and support of Blue, the band is allowed to expose thousands across the nation to their unique style of rock composition. It's a heavy, yet passionate, mix of pop and rock. The success of the first album allowed the band the chance to explore where they wanted to go and how, musically, they would get there. Making the album was an intense journey, full of different emotional wavelengths, some coming simultaneously.

To achieve those different emotions, the band called on their different influences, which range from Bob Dylan to Led Zeppelin to even more hip-hop sounds like De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest.

"Hip-hop gives you the room to be pretty wordy. It lets me go on and on. Bands like Korn and Limp Bizkit and Beck and us all have some common influence in hip-hop, it's just different takes on it," Jenkins said while Moby's album Play fills the bus's stereo system. This is a band that loves music and the moods carried with it. Their living space for the road is warm and comfortable, an environment to help them discover the feelings behind the music.

To find these varied moods, Jenkins looks to different forms of inspiration. "I really love music, but I'm not that inspired by it," he said, citing other arts like poetry and painting as more effective. He even finds inspiration in some unlikely sources. "I love [the PBS series] Sister Wendy's Story of Painting. We watch videos on the bus and we watch the nerdiest, dorkiest things you could possibly imagine. Sister Wendy, the nun, it's the shit."

Once the Dragons & Astronauts Tour wraps, the band will take a short break, enjoying some of that which they miss while on the long roads of the United States. "The air, the smell of the sea in San Francisco. It's very beautiful. Most of America is very ugly. Most of California is very ugly," Jenkins shared. "I miss, in San Francisco, the food. You can't get good salsa. You can in Austin, but I grew up with very hot food. You get away from Mexican culture, the farther away you get from it, the worse the food gets because there's no flavor. Like, I need my jalapenos, you know what I mean?"

But Jenkins does promise that Third Eye Blind will be back through the States very soon, doing what they do best for the summer concert season.

"The summer tour, we're gonna play larger venues and we're gonna play more outdoors. And I sort of envision a sense of fertility and fecundity and vines growing through things. Almost like hippy-dippy kind of vibes, because that's what summer is," remarked Jenkins, noting that large venues are very different than intimate stages like the one at the Music Hall. "I think the feeling of playing in a stadium, is in [the Blue song] 'Red Summer Sun.'

"That's kind of how it feels. I just kind of go out there and just kind of roar like a tiger for 90 minutes. And then you have to walk off and be yourself again. The idea of somebody maintaining that persona 24-7 is not good. I just go out there and feel sort of the power of it all. And I let myself feel what I feel, so there's also a certain vulnerability. That's what makes the songs real. If you don't do that, then I think you're a fraud."

When the band finally hit the stage of Austin Music Hall Friday, the energy was soaring, and Third Eye Blind was every bit as real as they claim to be. Showing off hits like "Graduate" and "Anything," the sold-out crowd moved faster and harder than most audiences ever do. The lights and props, combining the gothic images of dragons with spacey astronauts and moon rocks, held the amazing rock show's excitement intact. Each member of the band displayed an awesome ability to perform and create. They weren't just making great music, they were inviting their fans into a secret universe.

"I don't intend to be epic. It's supposed to be a very specific, personal world," Jenkins said in the bus shortly before prepping for the show.

The world was personal, for the thousands in attendance. The band expressed their love for Austin, but also for their music. Third Eye Blind did what they could to bring everyone in the Music Hall together. Jenkins even entered the crowd, top hat in tow, for a rousing performance of "Losing A Whole Year." The show was impressive and tempting, leaving one curious to see what they plan to do for their larger stadium outings.

After the Austin Music Hall show, the band ventured to 6th Street. Minus drummer Brad Hargreaves, the band made its way down Austin's famous strip with their entourage behind them. They stopped into Lucy's Retired Surfer's Bar at approximately 1:30 a.m. hoping to play a few songs. Onstage was local act Stones Throw, and the small club was packed with happy, intoxicated locals. As 2 a.m. drew near, Third Eye Blind was welcomed onto the stage for a somewhat impromptu set. Filling in on the drums was lead singer Jenkins, while Fredianelli played lead guitar and bassist Arion Salazar rounded out the act. The rearranged trio performed one Third Eye Blind song, current hit single "Never Let You Go," and spent the rest of their half-hour set on '80s covers like The Police's "Message in a Bottle," and Violent Femmes' "Blister in the Sun."

These surprise, after-show party jams are the stuff of rock legend and something the band has tried to do at local clubs on each of these tour stops, including the previous night in Dallas. "[We] just went into a club and went to see if the band that was playing would let us a do a few songs," Jenkins recalled Friday night. "That's the thing, there's so much joy in our band. We love to play together, we'll go out and play again. That's what our heroes did, like The Clash, but we've never done that until now."

The lucky few who happened to be at Lucy's were treated to an example of how special the musicians in Third Eye Blind can be. After the performance, Jenkins, Fredianelli and Salazar seemed more concerned with whether or not the fans had a good time, knowing full well that the band certainly did. For anyone that missed the chance, they'll be back on the road soon enough, delivering their message of unity to the eager crowds.

"When I'm off tour, I miss the exchange that we have with fans, the immediacy of it. The creation of music is a creation of a moment that makes you feel very alive," Jenkins concluded. "When I play music, when I play concerts for people, I have a sense of reaching people in some very small way. I don't mean to make this into some big deal, but just some very small way that's just sort of making things better. There's a sense of communion and connection with people that brings them out of themselves. I dislike religion pretty much entirely, but I do like the sense of people being close to each other."

18 - Several people report having seen the new "10 Days Late" video on The Box channel.  This channel is not available in all cities, but look for video to air on MTV very soon!

Also, from The Houston Chronicle:

Third Eye Blind 's performance overshadows lackluster Buzzfest
By MICHAEL D. CLARK Staff

It would be nice to believe that the point of 107.5 FM's Buzzfest was to shine some light on the bands that will be the
headliners of tomorrow. An opportunity for up-and-comers to play in support of some well-established acts such as Third
Eye Blind and Lit.
Besides being a marketing tool for the radio station, that's what the word "buzz" implies, right? It would be nice to believe
that, but most rock 'n' roll fans know better. Radio festivals such as Buzzfest have superseded the Lollapaloozas and Lilith
Fair festivals as the traveling summer hype machines, but they fulfill the same purpose: to generate among fans rabid
loyalty for the bands of the moment and the radio station that brings the show. If a ticketholder happens to catch a few
lesser-known acts on the second stage while buying a $20 concert shirt or $4 soda, all the better.
Saturday's 14-group, all-male Buzzfest revue at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion succeeded as a PR tool for new
bands despite itself. The main stage, featuring Lit, Tonic, the Flys and Stroke 9, was a sampler platter of the FM dial's
current guitar-led party rock, but it was a bit shallow in the superstar department and off the deep end with testosterone.
Only Third Eye Blind and Oleander distinguished themselves as center-stage players.
The lapses in momentum helped second-stage acts such as Papa Roach, Stir and Peter Searcy flourish under difficult
conditions, the least of which was that their stage was tucked away next to the bathrooms on the North Plaza. In the 25
minutes allotted them, the California Central Valley rap-rockers Papa Roach proved itself the anti-boy band. If the
Backstreet Boys ever meet these guys in the backstreets, they might run for their mommies.
Mixing Bushlike vocals with grimy rap lines from its soon-to-be released debut, "Infest," Papa Roach lead singer Coby Dick whipped the second-stage crowd into an ill-advised mosh pit on the concrete.
In addition to the rule about not being able to bring food or water into the Woodlands pavilion for a 10-hour show on a
sweltering day, Buzzfest organizers need to throw some padding down in front of the second stage to reduce the chance
of injury at future concerts.
All were lucky that the massive swarming pit that erupted during the Flys' midday mainstage set didn't break out for
Roach. The surf punks rallied the crowd into a mosh zone one-third the size of the lawn seating. Crazy kids were
launching themselves down the incline with such force that several injuries were reported. Fans in the lower reserved
seating missed most of the Flys set rubbernecking the human tidal wave behind them.
Until Third Eye Blind took the stage, it was tempting to believe the day would lack the magic of a big-name headliner for
the second year in a row. Lit is very chic with its Hollywood rockabilly swagger on hits such as "My Own Worst Enemy,"
but they were a second-stage act just last year. Then Third Eye Blind lead singer Stephan Jenkins stepped to the mic,
took control of the lawn anarchy and commandeered the rest of the night.
"I want all you people on the lawn to slowly walk forward," Jenkins instructed the general-admission dancing-pit warriors.
"Now I want the lights turned down."
Problem solved. The throng that had been battling Woodlands staffers and police all day on the sloped hill were now
pushed together with no room to mosh.
Playing pit-boss negotiator seemed to invigorate Jenkins, because for the next hour, Third Eye Blind gave one of the best
shows of its three-year career. Opening with the diatribe verses and falsetto choruses of "Losing a Whole Year," the
band did a dutiful job of running through all the big hits from its self-titled 1997 debut, including "Graduate, Semi-Charmed"
and "Jumper." The real surprise, however, was the depth of the band's new songs from its recently released second
album, "Blue."
Third Eye Blind has always worn its allegiance to U2 on its collective sleeve (quite literally on Saturday, as bassist Arion
Salazar sported a "Rattle and Hum" shirt), and new songs such as "Never Let You Go" allow Jenkins to continue to
preach like Bono. But "Blue" also finds them dabbling in their other favorite pastime: L.A. glitter rock. On "10 Days Late,"
Jenkins danced with a mic stand like Axl Rose while wearing a Slash-style top hat in homage to Guns N' Roses.
It set the stage well for Third Eye 's encore cover of the Clash party anthem "Should I Stay or Should I Go."
The surprisingly strong show by Third Eye Blind made up for some of the afternooon's mediocrity made worse by the
concession greed. If you want people to come to a party, let them at least bring some snacks.

20 - From mtv.com:

4.20.00 14:00 EST Third Eye Blind "Late" For New Video
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Third Eye Blind took a brief break from its "Dragons And Astronauts" tour last month to shoot a video for "10 Days Late," the third single from the group's second album, "Blue."
Director Francis Lawrence decided to take an abstract approach to the song, which is about an unexpected pregnancy. A spokesperson for 3EB's record label, Elektra Records, notes that the result is an "edgier" video.
Viewers will note that the band's first video from its recently released "Blue" album, "Never Let You Go," was fairly abstract as well. The clip apparently paid dividends as "Blue" was recently certified platinum, marking sales of more than one million copies in the U.S.
Third Eye Blind's video for "10 Days Late" should hit MTV soon. If you would rather see the band in the flesh, the group's current tour rolls through early May, and the band will then embark on a summer outing with Vertical Horizon starting in July.

Here's how the rest of the "Dragons And Astronauts" tour shapes up:

  • 4/20 - Columbus, OH @ Palace Theatre
  • 4/21 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
  • 4/22 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
  • 4/24 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
  • 4/25 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
  • 4/27 - Toronto, ON @ Warehouse
  • 4/28 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
  • 4/29 - Storrs, CT @ Gampel Pavilion
  • 5/2 - Winnipeg, MB @ Walker Theatre
  • 5/4 - Edmonton, AB @ The Joint
  • 5/5 - Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
  • 5/7 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
  • 5/9 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre

-- Meridith Gottlieb

21 - If you missed 3eb at Miami's VolleyPalooza, then check out the webcast! http://www.miamibeachlive.com

22 - Do you live in the Bay Area of California?  If so, WB20 will be broadcasting a taped version of the 2000 Bammies at 10pm pst.   For more info, check www.wb20.com

23 - US Weekly contains a blurb about Winona Ryder and the men that she is linked to. 
Stephan is mentioned and there is a small pic. It is on page 34 of the US Weekly with Ashley Judd on the cover.

25 - From launch.com:

Third Eye Blind Performs After-Show Sets

A small group of patrons at Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar in Austin, Texas, was surprised recently when, in addition to the local band that was supposed to be playing, an MTV-familiar group of faces took the stage late at night. It was Third Eye Blind, fresh from a show at the Austin Music Hall, who showed up itching to play some more. It's
something the band has been doing from time to time during its current "Dragons & Astronauts" tour, first on a whim and then more often, because, as frontman Stephan Jenkins puts it, "It's just a blast."
"To pick up a borrowed Fender and throw down . There's nothing better," Jenkins says. "The bands we've approached have been incredibly generous and kind - letting us have the stage and use their equipment. It's been great - really takes us back to basics."
Apparently it works for the audience, too. Jenkins laughs, "When we've started playing, there are usually just a few people there, but by the time we're done, the place is packed. They love it."
When the group played in Austin, Jenkins was on drums (his original instrument) and guitarist Tony Fredianelli, who had previously fronted his own band, sang. That's because, as Jenkins points out, touring is grueling enough on a singer's voice. "And I just love sitting back and letting Tony do it. He's so great at it."
The group plays old favorites - including songs by The Clash and The Police - and a smattering of Third Eye Blind favorites. Jenkins says the impromptu cover sets have had a positive impact on the band's regular shows: "They've become much more slippery and spontaneous. It's so much fun playing these beer halls, and that carries over."
As the "Dragons & Astronauts" tour nears its end, Jenkins is already thinking ahead to his next projects, including a summer tour. "It will be called 'Red Summer Sun,' and we're planning some pretty amazing things for it. We're trying to get Travis or Vertical Horizon to come along. There's also an EP that we'll be working on, and a benefit I
want to put together in San Francisco. It will be all acoustic, and I'm inviting some friends to participate."
Which friends? Dave Matthews? Metallica? "We'll see," he laughs.
What the club shows prove, he says, is that "This is a pretty glorious period in our band. That we're four guys who love playing together, that there's a real joy in playing, and it shows up on both stages."

27 - From Q101.com:

3EB All-Acoustic in S.F.
25-Apr-00
Third Eye Blind is looking to head up an all-acoustic concert for charity in its hometown of San Francisco this summer that would include a cross-section of that city's musical community. Details are still sketchy, but a spokesperson for the band told us that the event would take place at a popular San Francisco venue, possibly in late June. The spokesperson further informed us that Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins has submitted a wish list of 11 artists he'd like to see involved. The charity recipient is yet to be determined however, one might presume that breast cancer awareness would be in consideration. Jenkins has frequently been involved in promoting that cause in the past.

28 - The June/July issue of Teen People includes a pic of Stephan and a comment of him being "shaggy".  Didn't they hear about his cutting his fro?  Guess not...

29 - The May issue of Interview Magazine includes this article:

Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind by Anita Sarko ~ Interview May 2000 Never Underestimate Rock's Frog Prince

Anita Sarko: You're involved with a very important lady who has four legs and wears fur.
SJ: The Boo is an American Staffordshire terrier, which is a euphemism for "pit bull." Her real name is Koby-actually Kobuda, which means "little pig" in Japanese. The Boo has saved me twice. One time, this kid came up and asked me for money. He was about seventeen and six-foot-four; I'm six-foot-two and 185 pounds. I said, "Fuck off." Then this King Kong came up behind him. I took Boo off her leash. She doesn't have any attack training, but she 
leapt at their necks. Another time, a German shepherd started biting me, and Koby ripped the dog up. Little kids stick their fingers in Boo's eyes, and she doesn't mind. But she has this amazing intuitive protective sense.

AS: So, why are you hanging with the frogs?
SJ: Boo's in San Francisco, and the photo shoot was in Los Angeles.

AS: She was spared the dog and pony show.
SJ: Yeah. I'm not really a media artist either. Third Eye Blind's connection with our fans has been very direct, because it comes from playing live.

AS: What if Boo and someone else who was special in your life didn't get along?
SJ: They would have to go, then, wouldn't they?

29 - The June issue of Spin Magazine (Moby on cover) includes this article on p. 46:

Third Eye Blind-Sided

"Stephan Jenkins is a total megalomaniac freak. He's so narcissistic that he's not really capable of rational thought." No, that's not his old nemesis Matchbox 20's Rob Thomas talking, but Jenkins' ex-writing partner
of five years, Third Eye Blind guitarist Kevin Cadogan, who was dumped from the band at the Sundance Film Festival in January. "The whole thing was orchestrated to make me feel shitty," Cadogan says about the split. 
"Stephan just handed me an intinerary for a flight leaving for San Francisco the next day. Then they all walked out." Cadogan and Jenkins' creative partnership began to decay during the recording of last year's commercially
dissappointing Blue. "I wanted the album to be more rock," Cadogan explains. "When I heard 'Never Let You Go,' I thought it sounded like the Backstreet Boys. They were like, 'Dude, we just wanna have hits.' Stephan wants to be a teen idol, grasping onto his youth." "This isn't something we want to comment on," says 3EB's manager Eric Godtland. Cadogan, perhaps reacting to the way he was muscled out, has dubbed his new band Bully, as
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