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1 - From Q101.com:  

Third Eye Blind's upcoming Red Summer Tour will feature a 22-foot sun that will rise and set onstage and present "a sense of magic." Stephan Jenkins is excited about the shows festival-like atmosphere since it will be held in outdoor venues. Joining Third Eye Blind on their tour will be Vertical Horizon, Splender and Nine Days (all of whom Jenkins has never met). Third Eye Blind's tour is expected to give their fans an experience like none other. 

Also, there is a small picture of Stephan and another small picture of 3eb in Request magazine with Macy Gray on the cover.  It's free at Sam Goody.

Also, from Launch.com:

Matchbox Twenty/Third Eye Blind Feud Part 2? 

(6/28/00, 12 p.m. ET) - Contrary to popular belief, the feud between Matchbox Twenty vocalist Rob Thomas and Third Eye Blind vocalist Stephan Jenkins is not over. The battle appeared to be resolved when Jenkins, at the invitation of Matchbox Twenty, came to check out the band in San Francisco. Jenkins told LAUNCH, "So I go up to Rob, who's lean and mean and svelte, and I said, 'Hey,
you big fat pig.' And he laughed and I laughed and we hugged each other and just said, 'Hello.' What I didn't realize was the window where I was talking to him was exposed," Jenkins continued, "and a part of the audience could see us. And they started cheering us. It was like, 'Aw, isn't it sweet?" 

Thomas and guitarist Adam Gaynor told LAUNCH that they thought the bands had settled their differences, but heard differently through the grapevine. "I thought we did," said Thomas, "and then he was talking smack about me, again. Can you believe that? He showed up at our show in San Francisco and he was being nice and I thought we were all cool and we were friends. And then he was talking to someone who he didn't realize was our drummer's fiance' s brother and just went off. And so he thought it would never get back to us, but it did. And I've got nothing bad to say about him, but I just want to say that's weak. Because I thought we had all patched things up." 

Added Gaynor, "I'd like to say, you've just got to look at the source. You look at him -- is he a personality? Is he a good person? Is he a good Samaritan? And you answer that question for yourself." 

-- Darren Davis, New York

2 - From Launch.com:

Stone Temple Pilots' Weiland And Third Eye Blind's Jenkins Kiss And Make Up

(6/30/00, 3 p.m. ET) - Philadelphia's annual FEZ festival, held Wednesday (June 28), featured the Stone Temple Pilots, Third Eye Blind, No Doubt, and Lit; a huge mosh pit, and a torrential downpour. 
Organized by alternative-rock station Y100 (WYSP), the concert featured three stages and more than 20 acts, but arguably the most memorable moment was a shocking confession by STP singer Scott 
After performing two songs, Weiland told the audience that he forgave Third Eye Blind's Stephan Jenkins for the San Francisco singer's insults and said, "Me and Stephen kissed and made up. You know, he gives good tongue." It was Stone Temple Pilots' first trip back to the Philly area since Weiland's much-publicized drug problems sidelined the band for three years.
Jenkins has also supposedly mended fences with Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas, and he told LAUNCH he sees more camaraderie among rock bands these days. "There's something that I'm actually witnessing right now in music that's happening more now," he observes. "I don't know if it's because of the changing stature of us, or if it's because of just a general changing attitude of music. I think it's the latter. We've been doing a bunch of festival shows, and bands have been so supportive of each other. Bands from totally different genres have been out watching each other and getting into what some of the other bands are doing."
Case in point: During its set, Third Eye Blind's Jenkins took advantage of his wireless microphone and joined his rain-soaked fans for an impromptu cover of a Violent Femmes track (the Femmes had 
appeared on the same stage earlier in the afternoon). Jenkins made no mention of healing his rift with Weiland.

Also, an old review of April Boston show from AWZ.com:

Third Eye Blind with Tonic
Orpheum Theater - April 24, 2000 Boston, MA
By Steven Tackeffthird eye blind

The last time I saw Third Eye Blind perform, in 1997, the band was just getting started with their first record - which had been out for only a short time - and one single moving up the chart. Back then, Stephan Jenkins was a mediocre, and the band was just beginning to find their stride.

Bands that succeed today need the right combo of keen videos, the right "look" and the ability to work out the right deal for an opening slot on a national tour. Third Eye Blind has done all of the above and even more. Catchy hooks like the "Do do doo, do do do doo" in "Semi-Charmed Life" have been powerful for them. Also, opening stadium tours for U2 and The Rolling Stones have helped to build confidence.

third eye blind Fast forward a few years. The other night at The Orpheum Theater in Boston, Stephan Jenkins was terrific. Third Eye Blind put on a outstanding show. Playing music from both albums (Third Eye Blind and Blue), they had something for everyone, especially the girls screaming "We love you, Stephan!" When the band played "Jumper," a crowd sing-a-long from the first CD, they had audience members up on their feet.

They've come a long way. I was told that this show was sold out. And even more astonishing was that they were playing the next night, also to a full house.

During "Losing a Whole Year," Jenkins wore a top hat and went onto the balcony singing and being quite theatrical. His hat was filled with confetti, which he let loose on the crowd below at the end of the song. As expected the band played "Semi-Charmed Life" the massive hit from their first CD. The crowd loved it.

third eye blind Tunes the band played from the new disc Blue included "1000 Julys," "Wounded," and "Never Let Good." Blue is getting thumbs-up from critics, and I think it rocks harder than the first album.

Tony Fredianelli, who is now playing lead guitar after Kevin Cadogan's departure, did a great job adding some edge to the group's sound.

Opening for Third Eye Blind was Tonic, who gave a strong 45-minute set, which included their hit "If I Could Only See." It was nice to see people get to the show early enough to catch their set. Often the crowd pours in toward the end of the opening band's set, and I will never understand why. Opening bands are tomorrow's headliners, and Tonic received a well-deserved standing ovation at the end of the set.

Copyright by Steven Tackeff 2000

3 - From Q101.com:

Third Eye Blind Plans Fourth Of July 

Third Eye Blind vocalist Stephan Jenkins told LAUNCH what he's going to be up to for the fourth of July. He says we have to do, "Production rehearsals for our tour, and those are going to be happening in Minneapolis. So a big shout out to everybody in Minneapolis because we're going to be there for about five days getting this tour together." Third Eye Blind will kick off its latest round of tour dates July 7 in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Roy Wilkens Auditorium. They'll be heading out with various opening bands such as Nine Days, Vertical Horizon, and Splender. The tour runs through August 21 in San Antonio, Texas.

Also, from cdnow.com:

June 29, 2000
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Stephan Jenkins, Scott Weiland
What is it with these radio station festivals making rockers fight like cats and dogs? And what is it with Third Eye Blind singer Stephan Jenkins, whose smack-talking ways are earning him the reputation as the Kevin DuBrow of the new millennium?
While doing a phone interview with Philadelphia modern rock station WPLY (Y100) prior to their annual summer fete, the Feztival, Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland called Jenkins on his ego and some unflattering remarks he made about him and his new wife, mom-to-be and model, Mary Forsberg.
Jenkins apparently got wind of Weiland's response, because he unsuccessfully tried to crash STP's backstage interview during the Feztival Wednesday (June 28) night at Camden, N.J.'s E-Center. During the interview, Weiland reiterated his feelings about Jenkins. Jenkins eventually caught up with
Weiland in STP's dressing room just before their show-closing set, where the two decided to call a truce. Weiland told the sold-out crowd of 25,000 that he and Jenkins had "kissed and made up," and that he never knew how good a tongue kisser Jenkins was.
Meanwhile, torrential rains wreaked havoc on the second stage, where hometown boys Marah had to cut their blistering set in half. Catherine wheel (along with the Pat McGee Band) got bumped from the second stage altogether, but played an acoustic "Sparks" and "Black Metallic" live on the air. They
hung out and played three more songs for a crowd of about 500 at the Y100 broadcast booth.
More on: Catherine Wheel, Marah, Pat Mcgee Band, Stone Temple Pilots, Third Eye Blind

4 - The July 8-14 TV Guide has an article and photo on page 44 in the Music Talk section written by MTV's Ananda Lewis.  

Blinded By the Light

San Francisco based rockers THIRD EYE BLIND released their self-titled debut album, which sold four million copies and generated five hit singles, in 1997. But the group's swaggering pop, reflected in such hits as "Semi-Charmed Life," won few friends among rock critics. Third Eye's new album, BLUE, recorded and released last year after the band spend the previous two touring, seems to have reversed that relationship. While selling fewer copies than its predecessor, Blue has received critical praise for its fusion of muscular rock and melodic hooks. We spoke with lead singer Stephan Jenkins as the group prepared to hit the road again, this time with emerging jam band Vertical Horizon for a summer tour with stops that include Milwaukee and Cleveland.

Ananda Lewis: With your first album, Third Eye Blind became the band that rock critics just love to hate. Why?

Stephan Jenkins: What can I say? They're dumb. I think rock criticism is irrelevant. I've never bought a record based on what a critic said. Led Zeppelin got two stars in Rolling Stone, so whatever. Now that we're being praised, i don't know how I feel.

A.L.: You just did a song for the "Me, Myself & Irene" soundtrack. How did that come about?

S.J.: [Jim Carrey] came up to me and tapped me on the shoulder at a party and said, "Hey, I love your band." It was really cool....I think he's funny. We're kicking ideas around for the video now. I want it to be funny. I want to clown that Toni Braxton video where she has Tyson [Bedford] crash his motorcycle, but the Toni Braxton role would be played by Jim Carrey in drag.

A.L.: Your latest video is for a song called "Ten Days Late," about unexpected pregnancy. Why did you write that song?

S.J.: It's all about the personal experience [of a friend]. The song chronicles what goes through a guy's mind during an unexpected pregnancy. It's really about how you deal with radical change. Pregnancy is a consequence of sex. Life has consequences. Boom. The song is really this guy's journey into responsibility, and it's one that he's ambivalent about.

A.L.: You're not ambivalent about hating the term "pop" when it's applied to your band. But you must appreciate having sold a lot of records and thus literally being "popular." Do you have a love-hate relationship with success?

S.J.: No, I want to reach people with our music. I'm glad our new album [went] platinum. What I don't like is the associations that come with pop, like that the music was manufactured for consumption and the idea [that it's] disposable. But our fans don't care what you call it. If it hits 'em, it hits 'em.

Also, from launch.com:

Third Eye Blind's Jenkins Talks About Portraying Villain In 'Metal God' 
(6/30/00, 1 p.m. ET) - Considering the musical tastes of Third Eye Blind singer Stephan Jenkins, it's ironic that he's been cast in the upcoming movie Metal God. Jenkins portrays a musician trying out for a metal band, a villain who's the nemesis of the main character, played by Mark Wahlberg.
Jenkins told LAUNCH he was more into the New Wave and punk groups of the '80s like the Clash and the Police and had negative views of '80s metal bands. "I couldn't stand those bands. I hated Judas Priest and I didn't like anybody who listened to them because we really sort of draw lines" he explained. "You make your allegiances about your identity based on the bands that you liked. And I remember getting into a fight in high school with a guy over Judas Priest versus the Police. He threw his backpack at me. It was hilarious. So my motivation for my character was basically to play the guy I hated in high school. It was easy."

Metal God also features Jennifer Aniston, Verve Pipe singer Brian Vander Ark, Zakk Wylde, and Jason Bonham and is tentatively slated to hit theaters next year.

-- Darren Davis, New York

5 - Third Eye Blind perform "Never Let You Go" on a repeat of the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Also, from launch.com:

'Metal God' movie revamped
(Launch) - The movie "Metal God," inspired by singer Ripper Owens, hit a few snags recently. The film is now using the working title "Untitled Stephen Herek Project" after all references to the metal band Judas Priest had to be stricken from the plot. The movie has changed into a fictional depiction of
the New York Times article on the Judas Priest/Owens story. Mark Wahlberg plays Chris Cole, the lead singer of a Steel Dragon tribute band called Blood Pollution. Third Eye Blind's Stephan Jenkins plays Bradley, the lead singer of a rival Steel Dragon tribute band called Black Babylon. "I really had a ball being in the movie," said Jenkins recently. "I'm really about making music and that's my life's work. When a race car driver goes out and plays tennis, nobody goes, 'So, are you a tennis player?'" The untitled film is expected in theaters next year.

6 - 3eb film new video for "Deep Inside of You" at a secret location in Minneapolis, MN.  Look for it to begin active rotation on MTV in early August!  Can we say TRL?

Also, from launch.com: (Jen note: for those of you who read Jen's Weenie Weekend review, this is of no surprise. :))

Third Eye Blind  
Third Eye Blind's Stephan Jenkins To Appear On Next Limp Bizkit Album
(7/6/00, 1 p.m. ET) - Third Eye Blind lead singer Stephan Jenkins has been invited by Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst to lay down some tracks for that band's upcoming album. The move comes at a time when both artists have been involved in verbal battles with other alt-rock rivals.

Jenkins explains to LAUNCH how the pairing came about. "A lot of this is because of Fred Durst reaching out to other bands" says Jenkins. "I was really surprised, 'cause he was like, 'Come play on my album.' It wasn't anything revolutionary at all, because this happens in hip-hop all the time. It's like, 'Do you want to play on our new record?' It's like, 'Yeah, you bet, Freddie .'"

Jenkins has yet to hit the studio, but he plans on going some time this month. "I told him the price of this is that you're going to have to come guest on my record" Jenkins says. "Fred's a rapper, and it's all about switching up. So I have to rap on his record and he's got to come sing on mine. I look forward to that."

Limp Bizkit's next album, Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water, is due out in August. The band begins its free, Napster-sponsored tour with Cypress Hill on July 11 in Detroit. Third Eye Blind, meanwhile, remains on the road in support of its latest album, Blue. They can be found tomorrow night (July 7) at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in Minneapolis.  -- Darren Davis, New York, and Neal Weiss, Los Angeles

7 - Third Eye Blind "Red Summer Sun" tour with Vertical Horizon begins and runs through end of August.  Check the LIVE section for all the details! 

Also, from elektra.com:


Third Eye Blind continues their Red Summer Sun tour hitting Cedar Rapids, Michigan 7/12 and Indianapolis, Indiana 7/14.  The band just wrapped up filming a video clip for the new single "Deep Inside Of You" in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with Chris Applebaum (Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Luscious Jackson) directing.

Also, from Q101.com:

Third Eye Blind Quiet On Cadogan Lawsuit, Tour Kickoff Tonight 

Third Eye Blind has remained mum about the lawsuit former guitarist Kevin Cadogan filed against the band and singer Stephan Jenkins recently. In fact, the band won't even acknowledge the former member's name, but Jenkins did talk about the role of its new guitarist, Tony Fredianelli. "Things have 
shifted a lot in the band because he's a very aggressive kind of player, and he's sort of added a lot of velocity to our band." Third Eye Blind, with new guitarist Fredianelli, kicks off its tour tonight July 7 at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St.Paul/Minneapolis, MN. Cadogan has started his own band, Bully, which is expected to release an album later this year on the guitarist's own label, aptly named Tossed-Out Records. 

9 - Third Eye Blind will perform "Deep Inside of You" and "Never Let You Go" as well as an interview with the show's host on Fox Family Channel's Hi-Fi Room at NOON eastern time!  Set your VCR!

10 - Third Eye Blind perform "How's It Going To Be" on a re-run of Saturday Night Live on Comedy Central.

Also, wanna read about the making of the video "10 Days Late"?  Check this out from FuturEffects.com!  mojo is a thief

3rd Eye Blind 'Ten Days Late'

(click on the images on the left to get a larger preview)

3rd Eye Blind's 'Ten Days Late' music video adds new meaning to band practice at the house! Lasers, flying light beams, and even a human egg are just a few of the surprises. Interviews with Director Francis Lawrence, Pixel Envy Visual Effects Producer Ryan Thompson, and Method Visual Effects Supervisor Chris Staves.

Director: Francis Lawrence

Q: How did you develop the idea for the video?

A: I listened to the song several times and riffed off the whole pregnancy thing the song is dealing with then created a performance piece that was similar to 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' where you get the impression of the UFO hovering over and inspecting the house like an invasion. I created the impression that the pregnancy was like an invasion, this was more my train of thought even though it was not clearly depicted in the video. It became this weird performance piece that takes a big left turn when he sort of goes into the room and the camera dives into her stomach to see if she is pregnant.
The setting was to create an impression that it was a funky house with friends just hanging out normally. None of the people reacted or paid any attention to any of the actions except for Steven.

Q: Would you consider 'Ten Days Late' a performance video?

A: This was a performance video with kind of a gimmick. If you boil it down to what it really is, it's another way to show the band performing without getting boring. I always try to weave some sort of real beginning, middle and end and follow some sort of through line that keeps things interesting. I set it up then throw in a little mystery to keep people guessing as to what is going to happen then have it reach a peak then finish up so it feels final. The way I decided to do this was in talking to Steven, he said he wanted what happen in the video to be led by him, he didn't want it to be static, he wanted to sort of lead the video. We came up with the idea where he gets kind of revved up, he walks to the window, the lights comes on and sort of amps him up as he tries to break the window. He doesn't really know what to do then the music sort of falls back quieter into a verse and he mellows again a little bit. Then at the chorus, he breaks the window, the bridge hits, the laser starts scanning and he goes to find the girl, it's almost like he sniffs her out. His head sort of snaps over like he knows where he is going from the beginning, then he comes into the room.

Q: How do you usually write a treatment for a video?

A: I usually like to talk to the label or the band before I come up with an idea. I like to get their input before hand to see if they are serious about me coming up with an idea . This allows me to find out if we are on the same page and gives me a direction to work . In this case, I came up with the idea, Steven read it then we made some minor changes.

In this video, I listened to Steven's ideas then build from that. For example, Steven states that he wanted to lead the Video and have us follow him. I liked that idea, so I build off that and came up with what happened. Another idea of his was the slime shot of him. I used this and came up with the scene of him flying into the girl's stomach. We kind of worked together to make it all work.

Pixel Envy visual effects producer:
Ryan Thompson

We produced the CGI sequence in the middle of the video where frontman Stephan Jenkins is'reborn'. On set,Greg Strause supervised visual effects photography for the video and especially made sure we had enough coverage of the belly plate where our key effect would transition from. Colin actually modeled her torso and then reapplied the photographed texture of her stomach over it to create a photoreal version of her so when the camera pushes in it doesn't deteriorate the image at all because it wasn't really a push in on the live action camera. This is a perfect example of one of Pixel Envy's key talents. You think the camera pushed right in through her skin until witnessing the impossible, but it's actually a seamless transition between the live action and the 3D.

Francis spent a good deal of time at our studios, setting the look for the rebirth sequence. We scanned in color photos from several anatomy books that he thought were the best indications of the look he was going for on
the female reproductive organ system and all the tissues within that area. We applied the imagery as high resolution textures to Colin Strause and Rina Osamura's models, other than for the meiotic eggs and amniotic fluid textures created from scratch. Colin and Francis then worked out the camera move as it snakes around the eggs and comes back out.

Overall, we think the sequence looked great and felt the concept was clearly communicated. One advantage of working with Francis is that his clips often have orginal storylines and so our artists can have a grasp of where the need to go with their shots. It was also great to work with producer Lynn Zekanis again - who we hadn't been on a prject with since the Jay - Z video last Summer.

Mehtod Visual Effects Artist & Supervisor:
Chris Staves

The Lasers and the scene with the screws coming out of the vent was all practical. We worked on two effects, the one with the lights flying around the room and the other one was where you see the plasma looking psychedelic effect on their skin.

We worked in inferno for the lights. The concept was to have little pods of light scanning and examining these guys creating a lot of interactive light on them. We did some tests using a rig with a light at the end of it, flying it around the room to see if this was feasible. There were actually three guys standing in the room on the shoot with these big rods, each with a light at the end of it, just swinging it around. Our main task was to get rid of the rig and these guys holding the rods. This was really time consuming and difficult to perform because of the changing and moving lights. Basically you have a clean plate with nobody in the room and with each rod you are removing you are doing about 20 or so different color correction with multiple animated color correction to accommodate each frame.

After the birthing scene, there is a 30 seconds sequence where you see a green light being projected on everyone, but it's being separated off from their faces giving a very cool look to it. It takes on a plasma look that is vibrating away from their faces. I separated the lasers from them so that the green laser light was a separate element then manipulated and used that light on their faces giving it a certain interesting texture. I actually used the intensity and movement of the music to vibrate a liquidy kind of feeling.

We did a little work with enhancing and recreating the shadows. This is seen in the beginning where the light comes up and you see shadows going over the girl in the pool. Also I enhanced the shadows in the living room where you see this definite line of light moving across the wall.









SHOOT DATE: MARCH 12, 13, & 14, 2000











11 - From q101.com:

Third Eye Blind is currently wowing audiences with its most elaborate stage show yet, as they kicked off their most recent tour last week. Q101 asked singer Stephan Jenkins how the set for the current Red Summer Sun tour
compares with the theater-based Dragons and Astronauts tour, which the band completed earlier this year. "We spend all our money on sets. We never make and money touring. I swear to god! Our shows are so elaborate…That was too much stuff to bring into a theater - we brought it anyway. And it was really fun to do, and this one is way more than that. We have a 22-foot animatronic sun that rises and sets on the stage replete with green flash, and just the mechanics involved to get this sun to go up and down are enormous. But it's a fun challenge." Both tours are in support of Third Eye Blind's latest release, Blue, which has gone platinum.

12 - From MTV.com:

7.10.00 15:30 EDT 3EB's Jenkins May Work With Limp's Durst Third Eye Blind's Stephan Jenkins

Third Eye Blind singer Stephan Jenkins may be joining the ranks of such past Limp Bizkit studio guests as Method Man, Scott Weiland, and Korn's Jonathan Davis in the near future, as he's been talking to Limp frontman Fred Durst about the possibility of working together.
Although the two have yet to solidify any plans, Jenkins told MTV News that Durst invited him to appear on Limp Bizkit's upcoming album, which currently carries the title "Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water," and that he's offered Durst a slot on Third Eye Blind's next work.
The idea for this endeavor came about in mid-June, when both bands performed at two consecutive concerts sponsored by radio stations in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
In the meantime, Jenkins is keeping himself busy by filming a video in Minneapolis for the Third Eye Blind song "Deep Inside You," which appears on the band's platinum second album, "Blue," as well as on the soundtrack to the Jim Carrey comedy "Me, Myself & Irene."
Jenkins says that the Chris Applebaum-directed clip is reminiscent of the Rolling Stones' video for "Waiting On A Friend," adding that "you know how on a hot summer day, a song can get passed along from one person to another?
That's what it's like."
Prior to Friday's shoot, Jenkins shared another vision for the same video, which included Durst as the director and Carrey as his co-star. "We wanted [Carrey] in the video. I don't think he called us back," Jenkins told MTV News at Los Angeles radio station KROQ's annual Weenie Roast. "We wanted to do that Toni Braxton video ['Unbreak My Heart,' where], like, Tyrese is all upset, so he rides off and gets killed on his motorcycle. I wanted to do that, and then I would be Tyrese, and then the part of Toni Braxton would be played by Jim Carrey in drag... but lovingly photographed."
Following the video shoot, the members of Third Eye Blind rushed over to the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul to kick off their Red Summer Sun tour with Vertical Horizon and Splender.

13 - Break out the kiddie pool!  Stephan can be found in the August issue of Jane Magazine sporting a Popeye-style wetsuit and 2 parakeets.  That's all I'm going to say about that haha.  Here's the article it includes:

NAME: Stephan Jenkins
AGE: 35 
(Jen note: finally a publication gets his age right! Go Jane!)
HEIGHT: 6'2"
WAIST: 33"
SHOE SIZE: 11 1/2

Singer of Third Eye Blind

I think I was 7 and I heard the Jackson 5's "ABC"

Being judged. I've read so much crap about me. A guy called me a misogynist (Jen note: that means a woman hater) in a review of a show and I actually called him up and said, "Okay, you've done me wrong."

I don't have one. But I'm shopping for one.


14 - From NEWS 4U- The Ultimate Entertainment Magazine Louisville Edition July 2000 Volume 10 Issue 7C:

Under The Red Summer Sun: THIRD EYE BLIND Hits The Road by Jay Ditzer

Sharp-eyed readers may have noticed a truncated version of Third Eye Blind gracing the cover of this very issue of News 4U. Fear not, 3EB fans, for bass player Arion Salazar, while not pictured, is still a full-time member of the band. It's just that when News 4U's art director, a 275-lb. jiu-jitsu instructor who collects swords and daggers tells you that he has to crop a photo, well, you let him crop the photo.

Third Eye Blind recently underwent some internal cropping of its ranks when guitarist Kevin Cadogan left the band. Cadogan was replaced by Tony Fredianelli, the guy whom he had originally replaced in 3EB. How's that for irony?

Anyway, 3EB hits the road this summer and their tour finds them in Louisville on July 15, and the band, which also includes singer/guitarist Stephan Jenkins and drummer Brad Hargreaves, is in top form. Their latest album Blue is full of the same concise hooks that sent their self-titled debut album platinum four times.

News 4U talked with Hargreaves about the 3EB's high level of muscianship, personnel difficulties, feuds with other bands and Jenkins' girlfriend, mega-babe Charlize Theron.

Your new album seems to have a more pronounced rock edge to it. Was this a natural step after being on the road constantly, or did you go into the studio and say, "Let's rock this up a bit?" I think the feeling was when we went into the studio, we were going to "rock this up a little bit," like you say. The reason was actually because we had gone out and played a bunch of rock shows for a lot of energetic people. That really fueled us and made us want to represent those last two years.

I dig that part in "Red Summer Sun" when Jenkins busts out that Led Zep falsetto, was that him deliberately tyring to be Robert Plant? I think that deep down everybody wants to be Robert Plant on some level. When that song came up, I started playing the verse beat on that and I thought it was kind of reminiscent of the intro to "Rock and Roll" that Bonham was playing and I think Steve just really took off with that theme.

You must really like that song because you named the new tour after that. Yes, but, we do like the song obviously, but it was also that if you have a song named "Red Summer Sun," and you do a summer tour you might as well do that. You get a little synergy there.

What happened with "Slow Motion?" I'm surprised a guy as outspoken as Jenkins would cave into the record company pressure? [The song "Slow Motion" is presented on Blue in an instrumental version after Elektra Records asked the band to alter the song's lyrics.] You can hear the space where it's obvious where something is missing. Right, we felt the same way about it, but as a compromise we were offered an independent EP. We could release that song & six or seven others and we felt that was a good compromise in terms of our ability to get more music out there in a shorter period of time. The funny thing is that [Elektra] has brought more attention to the song than it probably would have gotten originally.

This year your tour started out as sort of a club/theater tour and now you're heading into the "the Sheds." Does this effect your performance in any way at all? Definitely, the different size of venues gives you different kinds of inspiration and challenges. The challenge with large venues is to try to make it seem intimate even though it is not as intimate.

When compared to most bands that get played on the radio, 3EB has a very high level of musicianship. Yeah, I think so. We came up as guys that were very focused at learning their craft on their instruments. I took it very seriously. In the leaner days I found myself paying someone $150 bucks a month to live in in their garage that they turned into a studio and put up with the sound of my drums for about two and a half years.

I also read somewhere that everything the bassist learned he got from copying of the Rush's Exit, Stage Left. If he can play that whole album then he's a king in my book. Arion's the most naturally talented musician that I've ever played with. He's just one of those guys; he didn't start playing until he was 18. He was just born to play music, which is really cool.

What happened with Kevin Cadogan? People just sort of move in different directions. I don't know, I just think that's he's just never totally satisfied. Being just a guitar player didn't wrong for some reason. It seemed like there were different goals involved. Three people moving in one direction and him moving in another. The easiest solution was to make a change there. 

Is it true that you guys ditched him in Utah? No, that's ridiculous. He had an itinerary and he and his girlfriend had first class flights back to Oakland. He had a limousine to the airport. That whole thing is just ridiculous. He's always maintained that he was stranded in Utah. We've all been told not to talk about it because it's not all been settled. So there's not a lot that we can say about that.

So how is Tony Fredianelli working out? He played in an earlier version of 3EB, right? He was the original guitarist for the band. At the time he lived in Las Vegas and the band couldn't afford to fly him back and forth for shows. But he's come back and he's really just a great guy. He not only replaces where there once was a problem but he just adds something very special to the band. He's got a very effective personality and he's a great player.

OK: Jenkins verses Matchbox 20. Is Stephan always that lippy? To tell the truth. I really don't know what that was all about. I didn't really follow it. From what I hear it all started from what some friend said they heard them say. I really didn't know what that was all about.

I think he called Rob Thomas fat. Fat? Like in a publication, or something?

Yeah, in Spin or somewhere... What I think happened was they said that they heard him say that. Or something like that. I mean, I never heard him say that. Maybe he did, maybe he didn't, that stuff's just silly.

Didn't Arion get into a fight with the bass player from Green Day? Totally, we were playing a show with them in L.A. and Arion was having a good ol' time that day after we played. He had an idea that he was going to run onstage and jump on the bass player just for fun. They know each other from back in the day. They're both from Oakland. I guess the bassist for Green Day didn't like it, so after the show he came down to sorta settle the score. Even though they claim to be a punk rock band, that stuff just doesn't seem to fly with them. He pushed Arion into the wall that was in the dressing room that mislaid, people got hurt unfortunately. It started off as a little playful thing and turned into something that wasn't so playful.

Boys will be boys. And the thing is, people got joy out of reading that story.

I thought it was amusing. It's entertaining and people want entertainment.

Back to music: Are you guys getting sick of playing "Semi-Charmed Life?" It's funny, because people just assume because they've heard the song so much but the thing is, we play every one of those songs so we hear all of them in the same about of time. We generally don't listen to the radio when we're on the road. When "Semi-Charmed" was at its apex, we were out of the country. We were in Asia and Japan, touring the country so we missed that whole time in America. But we play all those songs pretty much every night so there's not one song that I'm sick of more than the others. I think "Semi-Charmed Life" is one of the more fun songs to play.

It is pretty perky. It has a nice feel and people like it. There's sort of a romance with that song because it was the first song that a lot of fans ever heard from us. It's not like it broke the band and is our one song but you can only be new once. So that song, for a lot of people, was like the initial introduction to the band and there's something kinda romantic about that.

Do you guys play "Slow Motion" live? Stephan was doing a solo version but that stopped. I think we'll start doing it again.

Does Charlize Theron hang out backstage a lot? Not that much really, she's pretty busy.

Bummer. Well, not for her. It's good to keep working.

Third Eye Blind, with guests Vertical Horizon and Splender, appears at the Louisville Gardens at 7:30 pm on July 15. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the Gardens box office or through your favorite TicketMaster outlet.

15 - From KIBU:

Stephan Jenkins
Third Eye Blind�s blindingly cool frontman speaks up

Third Eye Blind is the band most rock critics seem to love to hate. Is it the unbearable cuteness of lead singer Stephan Jenkins? Is it the torturously catchy quality of the band�s melodies, songs that burrow into your subconscious with all the self-assurance of a Black & Decker drill? Whatever the reason, Third Eye Blind have met the enemy and it is their own success. Released in 1997, their debut album, Third Eye Blind sold three million copies and spawned four hit singles (one of which, "Semi-Charmed Kind of 
Life," was about the rather un-Top 40 subject of speed addiction). While their 1999 follow-up Blue has sold "only" one million copies so far, the band are known for their relentless touring schedule and may yet have another blockbuster on their hands.

Dimitri Ehrlich: You've been involved in a number of "feuds" with other bands, including Matchbox 20. Why?

Stephan Jenkins: I really haven�t been in any feuds, it�s just that the media wants to put friction in their stories. A friend of mine was listening to the radio and he heard [Matchbox 20 lead singer] Rob Thomas say his favorite song is by us. And we�re supposed to be in some big rivalry! The last time I saw him face to face he was buying me a drink. He just played at the Fillmore in San Francisco and showed up backstage and said, �Whatup fatty?� and we hugged and laughed. We didn�t know where all the rivalry came from. I don�t wanna have any static with anyone. I�m a peaceful man, unless pushed. There�s no reason to get in each other�s face. But if I feel like you�re doing something to me, I will speak my mind. I think that�s the reason I�ve gotten in trouble, is that I will say what I think and damn the 
consequences. But there are so many bands I love.

DE: Who?

SJ: Metallica. We�re friends. We hang out. People I wanna work with include Billy Corgan from Smashing Pumpkins, and I keep trying to see Macy Gray �cause I love her. But that never makes the press. There�s a lot more camaraderie than friction, but the friction makes copy.

DE: What did your parents hope you�d be when you grew up?

SJ: They wanted me to be a lawyer or a professor and save the world. They just didn�t understand what reaching people with music meant to me, and I think now they do.

DE: People who have you pegged as some dumb rock star must be surprised to learn that you graduated from Berkley as class valedictorian.

SJ: They were probably closer to being right when they got me pegged as being stupid. I�m not trying to come off as a smarty. I guess I was a nerd. I majored in literature.

DE: You recently collaborated with Sinead O�Connor in a live radio performance. How was that?

SJ: She was at this radio station in Boston doing an a cappella set and I�m a huge fan of Sinead. I mean, talk about people getting a bad rap. It�s so weird. Sinead and Courtney [Love] can�t say a thing without getting slaughtered. I love her album, I Do Not Want What I Have Not Got and I wanted 
to cover her song "The Emperor�s New Clothes." And she was there and I contacted her and said, "We�ll be your backing band.� And she said, "Okay, but can you sing with me? Because I sort of forgot the words." So we typed up her lyrics and we introduced her, and people booed her because Boston is such a Catholic town and they�re still mad because she tore up a picture of a the Pope on Saturday Night Live a few years ago. I�m like, �the Pope can take it!� So she came out, and we did a song together and I gave her a hug and told her she made my day. It was cool.

DE: Third Eye Blind fans are a very tight knit group. How do you account for that?

SJ: I think it�s because we had a very much do-it-yourself ethic. Our manager has been my best friend and everyone said, �Oh he can�t manage your band.� And now he�s one of the most sought-after managers in the industry. I said I wanted to produce my own record. Everyone said, �Oh no, you can�t do that!� And now I�m constantly getting tapes from people who want me to produce them. There have been times when I tried to go down someone else�s path, but I�ve always regretted it.

DE: Your latest video is for a song called "10 Days Late," about unexpected pregnancy. Why did you write that song?

SJ: It�s all personal experience, but the song chronicles what goes through a guy�s mind in an unexpected pregnancy, but it�s really about how you deal with radical change. Pregnancy is a consequence of sex. Life changes. Life has consequences. Boom. The song is really this guy�s journey into 
responsibility and it�s one that he�s ambiguous about. I read that some critic from Chicago wrote that I was sexist because of the way I strut around onstage and that the song was misogynistic. I do a certain pimp walk but the whole idea is to walk like a king, because that�s how I feel when I�m in my 
band. But we exhort the audience to come along with us. Am I sexist because I feel energy and power? If a chick did that it would be all good! I told the guy, tell me one thing I�ve ever said or done that�s sexist and I will take responsibility for it. And he couldn�t think of one thing, except the way I 

DE: What is the most typical rock star clich� you�ve found yourself indulging in?

SJ: I take the microphone stand and I do an homage to Freddy Mercury [lead singer of Queen]. I couldn�t even watch that "Behind The Music" on Queen because it was too painful to see him die of AIDS.

DE: How would you describe the political outlook of Third Eye Blind?

SJ: Well, our song "Slow Motion" is a parody of our consumer culture that totally loves violence and suffering. A lot of it is tolerated because of race. I think we�re intensely racist in very subtle ways.

DE: Like what?

SJ: Well, let�s take hip-hop music, which because I�m white, people will say I�m not qualified to speak about� And there�s an element of hate and things being closed off in a lot of hip-hop that I�m just not about. If you fight at my show and grab some girl�s tit, we�ll stop the show. It�s my house and 
that�s not what happens at Third Eye Blind shows. There�s a lot of violent energy, which can be healthy if it�s channeled in the right way. We all have violent urges I have violent urges but we need to channel them into protective urges and not destructive urges. I�m amazed at how many girls get 
naked at our shows. Because I think they feel safe. The whole idea is to get together and kick some joy around. That�s where I�m at. If you don�t want to do that, stay home.

DE: How did all that touring affect you when you went to write and record the song on your new album, Blue?

SJ: When we went to record Blue, we wanted to make a much more extroverted rock record, just because we�d been stomping around on stage for two years. I think it made us a little bit crazy in some ways, but it also tightened up the springs in the band. We basically played the same16 songs every night for two years and that was one of the reasons there�s a lot more experimentation on this record. For the next record I want to do something that�s really beautiful and flowing and stretched out and use really different instruments. I�ve never felt like I knew where music was going more in my whole life. I feel like it�s going in the direction of progressive rock. The next big band�s gonna be like, Yes or Rush. I swear.

16 - From Indianapolis Star:

by David Lindquist

Stephan Jenkins is a curious case. The Third Eye Blind front man writes catchy and immaculate rock songs, only to spit them out carelessly during live performances. Blame it on Jenkins' punk-rock attitude, which ultimately translated into an entertaining Friday night show for an audience of 5,276 at Deer Creek Music Center. It's usually not a great idea to wear an Abe Lincoln stovepipe hat when you're in charge of a rock concert. Nevertheless, this prop helped turn the show in Jenkins' favor. During a two-song stretch, he strutted as if he were living out a combination fantasy of Willy Wonka and Clockwork Orange. After running to the center of the pavilion, Jenkins rallied the crowd with a few bars of the Ramones' I Wanna Be Sedated. This gave way to Jumper, one of the five solid singles to spring from the bands 1997 self-titled debut. In the long run, Third Eye Blind's Blue album should have just as many hits. Wounded, which began with a nifty introduction by new guitarist Tony Fredianelli, is the album's masterpiece. Although one segment echoes the chorus of Losing a Whole Year, the song's apparent discussion of post-rape trauma is a cut above most Top 40 contenders. Blue's current single, 10 Days Late, also challenges with it's theme of an unexpected pregnancy. Of Third Eye Blind's previous material, the vocalist calmed down to give a sincere rendition of How's It Going to Be. His coda 
quote of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody was just one more loopy stunt in Jenkins' bag of tricks. 

19 - There is an ad for Third Eye Blind/Blue with tour dates at the bottom of it in the new Spin magazine (with Eminem on the cover). 

21 - Stephan and Brad appear on a new episode of VH1's "Before They Were Rock Stars" at 10:30pm eastern time.  Episode also includes Paula Abdul, Toni Basil, Berlin,
David Bowie, Belinda Carlisle, Faith Hill, Indigo Girls, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Moby, and Britney Spears.  VH1 repeats their shows very often, so don't worry if you miss this showing.

Also, from the Chicago Tribune:

Singer Stephan Jenkins desperately wants to be a rock star, and his whip-wielding Freddy Mercury act makes it difficult to appreciate the group's more tuneful side on stage. A multi-platinum debut album was a surprise hit, with several radio-friendly hits, but the follow-up, "Blue," is an artistic dud, on the charts because it's been propped up by major-label marketing money rather than because of any intrinsic musical merit.

24 - From Sonicnet.com:

Metallica, Kid Rock Top Rockfest Bill
Stone Temple Pilots, Barenaked Ladies, Third Eye Blind, Vertical Horizon also perform at heavily sponsored daylong Chicago event.

Contributing Editor Corey Moss reports:

CHICAGO � As the headliners of Saturday's fourth annual Hard Rock Cafe Rockfest, Metallica had a battle on their hands � and this time, the fight wasn't with Napster.

Topping a bill that included Kid Rock, Stone Temple Pilots, Barenaked Ladies and others, the hard-rock group � and all 12 bands that performed � had to fight for the attention of the nearly 100,000 people in attendance, who were bombarded with constant advertisements by the show's many sponsors.

"How's everyone doing at the world's biggest corporate rock concert?" Guster's Ryan Miller asked early in the day, reminding concertgoers of the festival's vast sponsorship, which led to its getting dubbed "the Hard Rock Cafe Rockfest presented by Oldsmobile Alero."

"Has anyone purchased an Oldsmobile Alero yet? You know, it's not your father's Oldsmobile," Miller joked.

Rockfest began with a bang in 1997 with what stands as the largest one-day ticketed music event in history. Roughly 380,000 people attended the inaugural festival in Dallas featuring the Wallflowers, Bush and Jewel. The festival has a reputation for hosting top talent. Last year's Atlanta show, which attracted 127,000 people, included the Offspring, Live and Sugar Ray.

This year, for $65 (plus $20 for parking), music fans were treated to a diverse lineup that also included Vertical Horizon, Veruca Salt and the Tragically Hip.

Puttin' On The Hits

But Kid Rock and Metallica were the obvious show-stealers among the dozen bands on the day's bill, which featured mostly short, hit-laden sets. Both bands' hour-long performances included pyrotechnics, special appearances (Kid Rock during Metallica's set; caged strippers during Kid Rock's) and loads of hits.

Metallica, all four members dressed entirely in black, opened with "For Whom the Bell Tolls" (RealAudio excerpt) and played favorites from throughout their 19-year career. During the band's performance of its current single, "I Disappear," the crowd eagerly provided vocals to the opening, "Hey hey hey" line.

"I think most people came here to see Metallica," said Jason Cornwell, former MTV "Real World" cast member and star of the upcoming film "The Private Public." "I know I did." Cornwell was on hand to emcee various portions of the festival and introduce some of the bands. (Sonicnet.com's parent company, Viacom, also owns MTV.)

Kid Rock opened with "Devil Without a Cause" (RealAudio excerpt), from his hit album by the same name, rapping with partner Joe C in front of an enormous inflatable middle finger. Following a hip-hop cover of Grand Funk Railroad's "We're an American Band," Kid Rock and crew closed with his current single, "American Bad Ass" (RealAudio excerpt).

Earlier, Stone Temple Pilots entertained the audience with a set that included only a few songs from their latest album, No. 4. "Wicked Garden" and "Sex Type Thing" (RealAudio excerpt), from their debut, Core, showcased singer Scott Weiland's powerful voice and enigmatic lyrics.

Weiland, sporting a raspberry Mohawk, told the crowd, "It's been a long time since we played Chicago. It's good to be back." He later added, "You kids better stick around because later Kid Rock and I are gonna f--- each other onstage." The crowd roared. The act never occurred.

Band Dresses Up Set

Barenaked Ladies' quirky blend of roots-rock and rap made them an awkward co-headliner, but they managed to entertain rock fans with their between-song banter and ear-friendly hits. Dressed in matching baby blue pants and yellow dress shirts (buttoned to the top), the group performed favorites "Brian Wilson" (RealAudio excerpt) "If I Had $1,000,000" and "One Week" (RealAudio excerpt).

Singers Steven Page and Ed Robertson showed off their assorted voices with a closing pop and rap medley that included Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady," Britney Spears' "... Baby One More Time" and the Bloodhound Gang's "The Bad Touch."

"The highlight for me, aside from Kid Rock's entire set, was the Barenaked Ladies' medley," said concertgoer Eric Heiker, 25. "It was a fun way to mock pop music."

Rockfest's afternoon performers, led by pop-rock groups Third Eye Blind, Tonic, LuvjOi and Guster, played flawless, energetic sets marred only by fans clad in black Metallica shirts who yelled obscenities at them and threw various objects toward the stage.

Keyboardist Jeremy Dean of Nine Days � who played an 11 a.m. set that included their hit "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)" and the upcoming single "If I Am" � said, "We didn't get hit with too many things, though someone threw a water bottle full of rocks at our bass player. All in all, I think there were a lot more people enjoying what we were doing by the end of the set than by the beginning."

Ads Abound

Above the giant stage hung a Hard Rock Cafe sign equipped with a full-scale model Alero, but this year's festival also was supported by Discover Card, Motorola, Pepsi (Wild Cherry and Mountain Dew, specifically) Sam Goody, Sony Playstation and Entertainment Weekly, all of whom attacked the young adult demographic largely represented at the concert with billboards, constant commercials (on video screens on and around the stage) and loads of "free sh--," as the announcers giving away T-shirts, cell phone cases and other stuff said.

"I didn't think about [the many sponsors] until we pulled up and saw Oldsmobile and Mountain Dew and ... whatever and said, 'Wow, there's a lot of people sponsoring this,' " Nine Days drummer Vince Tattanelli said.

"But, I went to the Hard Rock Cafe last night, and I ate free food and watched myself on TV, so corporate sponsorship can't be that bad," Dean added.

In general, the massive crowd seemed to agree with Dean's sentiments. People watched each of the acts attentively and then used the 15- to 30-minute set breaks to get in a game of Playstation or fill-up their official Hard Rock Cafe logo cup with Dew or Budweiser.

"I don't care about corporate sponsorship as long everyone is happy," Heiker said. "The companies are happy because they get to sit in the VIP [section]. The bands are happy, because they get paid a ton of money. And the fans are happy, because they get to see so much music for a decently priced ticket."

Thomas Jackson Weaver III, head of TBA Entertainment Corporation, the producers of the festival, added this in a statement: "Our goal is for Hard Rock Cafe Rockfest to be a vertically integrated, comprehensive initiative. The promotions of our corporate sponsors are a big part of the overall Rockfest experience."

Also, from cdnow.com:

Stone Temple Pilots, Barenaked Ladies, Third Eye Blind Rock Chicago's Rockfest
July 24, 2000, 12:00 pm PT

As Barenaked Ladies singer-guitarist Ed Robertson described it, the Hard Rock Caf� Rockfest, which was sponsored by Oldsmobile Alero, on Saturday(July 22) at the Chicago Motor Speedway was "all about the rock."

"What I want to show you is that the rock is not the domain of the elite," he said facetiously to a somewhat unresponsive crowd of approximately 97,000. "You too can rock. Even you who gave me the finger can rock."

If it wasn't "the rock," the crowd didn't dig it. Known as one of the best live acts in pop music, BNL went unappreciated. However, they did manage to rouse a crowd reaction with a cover of the Kinks' "You Really Got Me." A sea of hands fashioned into devil horns greeted a black-clad Metallica fan, brought onstage to strum Robertson's guitar.

"We showed that a man plucked innocently from the audience can rock as hard as any of us onstage," said Robertson, whose band played songs off its new album, Maroon, due in stores Sept. 12. "I wish for each and every one of you to leave here with the same amount of teeth you came with."

Cover songs ran rampant during the 11-hour day, which also featured performances by LuvjOi, Nine Days, Guster (see related story, this page), Vertical Horizon, Veruca Salt, Tragically Hip, Tonic, Third Eye Blind, Stone Temple Pilots, Kid Rock, and Metallica.

Third Eye Blind filled out its songs with references to Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle," the Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated," and the Who's "Baba O'Riley." Kid Rock, who skipped "I Am the Bullgod" during the hour-long performance, claimed that his band, Twisted Brown Trucker, didn't "know too many of our own songs" so they jammed Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son" instead during an encore.

Most of the performances were lackluster. Veruca Salt's first appearance in front of its hometown crowd fell flat due to technical problems. Wearing a red dress and black crocheted shirt, singer Louise Post was plagued with guitar problems. "Is it happy hour yet? I'm having guitar problems and I need a shot," she told the crowd at 1:30 p.m.

The Tragically Hip singer Gordon Downie looked like the scholar of the bunch, flailing his arms while wearing a V-neck sweater and short-sleeved shirt. Tonic's Emerson Hart celebrated his birthday with a cake onstage as several audience members sat along fences and read books.

Third Eye Blind's Stephan Jenkins was the first to take advantage of the expansive stage, strutting the catwalk and using the mike stand as a pointer. "It's kind of cozy out here on the catwalk. Let's see if we can do a sing-along or something," he said before breaking into "Jumper."

On the fashion front, 3EB bassist Arion Salazar looked like he stepped out of a biker bar, donning a leather cap, jacket and pants. Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots, who danced like a marionette with exaggerated steps, didn't disappoint either. With his hair shaved into a small red square, Weiland ran onstage with a white feather boa wrapped around his neck, a purple floppy hat, and elbow-length gloves. In between sets, bikini-clad women and shirtless men roamed the grounds and guzzled beer from plastic guitar-shaped containers that hung around their necks.

Water bottles, rolls of toilet paper, and paper cups bounced above the crowd during the hour-long intermission between Kid Rock and Metallica's sets. Metallica took the stage surrounded by torch-like pyros, as fans in the mosh pit greeted the band with fists punching in the air in unison.

"You crazy motherfuckers you," James Hetfield said. "It's good to see you, man ... We are Metallica and so are you baby."

Hetfield, sidelined with a back injury in mid-July, looked healthy; he jogged up and down the catwalk during "Seek and Destroy." He also poked fun at Kid Rock for "American Bad Ass," which borrows from Metallica's "Sad But True." "We play a lot of heavy songs," said Hetfield before playing "Sad But True." "Here's my favorite of all the heavies. We did this [song] right the first time."

Metallica's set was a mix of the old ("Master of Puppets") and new ("No Leaf Clover"). Honoring his working-class Detroit roots, Kid Rock busted onstage during Metallica's set for the band's 1998 cover of Bob Seger's "Turn the Page," which ended in a slew of fireworks -- an explosive ending for a lackluster day.

For concert reviews, tour dates, news, and more, visit CDNOW's Summer Concert HQ.

-- Story by Christina Fuoco
photos by Stevie Styles

25 - Yowza!  Check out the Summer 2000 issue of Rolling Stone for 3 fantabulous pictures of Mr. Jenkins and an article about his work with Third Eye Blind.  Thanks Jimbo, for scanning!

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Here's the article:

(Third Eye Blind's Stephan Jenkins on the politics of stardom, how to take a punch and the best advice Bono ever gave him.)
Stephan Jenkins walks down the sidewalks of San Francisco like he owns them, or at least rents them on favorable terms. He's a striking figure, even in sandals and cargo pants: six-foot-two, good-looking, a little swagger to his step. He has a reputation as an ornery bastard, with self-confidence three 
inches on the wrong side of arrogance. But as we amble past the creperies and the health clubs, he's just good company, a smart guy with funny gossip about Garth Brooks' control-freak ways and Dick Clark's potty mouth. We're in the Cole Valley section of town, where he's had an apartment for three 
years. Surely after Third Eye Blind sold 5 million records he could afford a new house?
"We did about ten shows with U2, opening for them in stadiums," Jenkins says by way of an answer. "They were a model of decency. The first night Bono walks into our dressing room with champagne and a case of Guinness, " Jenkins adopts a passable brogue: " Stephan, can I give you some advice? Don't buy a house until you make the live album. I've seen so many bands worry about picking out the perfect rug and forget about writing the songs.' So I don't own a mansion- but I do own an $18,000 microphone."
Jenkins assembles Third Eye Blind around 1993; at first membership changed frequently and audiences were small. Bassist Arion Salazar remembers he almost quit early on because he couldn't get a ride back after a show. One guitarist, Tony Fredianelli was thrown out of the band because he moved to 
Las Vegas and the band could no longer afford the sixty-seven-dollar Reno Air round trips it took to get him to rehearsal in San Francisco. Jazz-schooled drummer Brad Hargreaves was the last to enlist, in 1995. They signed with Elektra and released Third Eye Blind in 1997; their first single was "Semi-Charmed Life." It's unbelievably catch "doo-doo-doo" chorus earned the song saturation airplay. even though the verses were about crystal meth and sex not in the missionary position ("Those little red panties/They pass the test/Slide up around the belly/Face down on the mattress") "There's an ambivalence about drug use in it you know, "Jenkins says. "The characters end in self-destruction. The sweetness becomes the 
sweetness of decay. But nobody in the intelligentsia ever got that."
The record went quadruple platinum as 3EB embarked on a tour that would last two solid years; the first show they headlined had sixty-five people in the audience, while the last one had 19,000. Every night fans would throw red panties at the stage, and one member of the road crew started collecting 
them. "We have hundreds and hundreds," says Jenkins, "I like the worn-out cotton ones- the ones that look like they've seen some action."
Jenkins' songwriting thrives on the contrasts of hummable melodies and conflicted, acerb emotions; last year's Blue was sweeter and tarter. The power-pop single "Never Let You Go" was followed by "Ten Days Late", an anthemic song about uncertainty; specifically, a guy who just found out his girlfriend is pregnant and doesn't know what to do.
In January of this year, the band sacked guitarist Kevin Cadogan, with Hargreaves delivering the news. In June, Cadogan sued the band. The group brought back Fredianelli, who got on a private Gulfstream Jet with 3EB - and was so overwhelmed by this step up from Reno Air that he immediately laid down for a nap.
When Jenkins sits down for a taped interview, he visibly tenses. He doesn't want anyone mediating his connection with 3EB fans. But even more than that he's worried that he's gonna come off as an asshole in print again, with all his irony leached out. Then he considers how all this metaconversion will 
look in print and laughs at himself. His easy charm returns, and we talk about his childhood.
He grew up in Berkeley, the son of a college professor; he says he specialized in getting beaten up. "I can take a punch like nobody's business," he says. "I get stomped into a corner and pop up fresh as a 
daisy." He spent high school trying to get girls, he says, but without much success. "I wanted to be a writer," he remembers. "I wanted to make films, I wanted to be an environmentalist, a marine biologist. And I thought about being a scholar. Looking back these are all very bad ideas."
Jenkins did better with girls after high school - he currently dates actress Charlize Theron. He acknowledges they are a happy couple but politely declines to say any more on the record. " I like reading who's doing who." he admits. "I just don't want to be read about."
Jenkins tells me how fascinated he is by the work actors do, being simultaneously in the moment and being aware of it. He's making his film debut this fall in Metal God, wearing hair extensions for a small part as a singer in a Judas Priest cover band that is a rival to Mark Wahlberg's. Did the experience make him want to act more? "Well, yes" he says, "But cooking dinner makes me want to cook more - it doesn't make me a chef."
On a hot summer day in New York, Third Eye Blind amble on stage of the Ed Sullivan Theater for a Late Show sound check. "We want to make everyone happy," Jenkins says to David Letterman's staffers. "We want people to say we were a dream." He pauses expectantly, but there's no reply." 'Third Eye Blind were a dream!' say it!" he commands jokingly.
The band's green room is on the sixth floor. Jenkins discovers he has forgotten his shoes for the show and decides he will go barefoot rather than wear the sandals.
3EB need to warm up vocally, so they harmonize to the following lyrics: "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/ Now he's bleeding in a vacant lot/The one in summer where we used to smoke pot/i guess I didn't 
mean it/But man you should have seen it/ His flesh explode." These are words to "Slow Motion," which was the best song on Blue-until Elektra insisted that it be released as an instrumental. In return Elektra agreed to let 3EB release the original version on their own label as part of a EP, which will probably come out in 2001.
The uncensored "Slow Motion" can be found on overseas copies of Blue. "They think the British people and the German people can handle it, but not gun-toting Americans," complains Jenkins. He jokes that the episode has made him reassess his affect on the culture; "Never underestimate the power 
of a white rock band. N.W.A. have got nothing on me!"
During the taping, 3EB perform "Deep Inside of You" without a hitch. Backstage Jenkins puts on his sandals so he can get into a Mercedes that will whisk him uptown to The Daily Show; more publicity for Third Eye Blind's big summer tour.
In the car I ask Jenkins how the dream of success contrasts with reality. He starts a couple of sentences then stops to think. "The personal changes have not been what I expected," he says. "It's made me quieter inside." He ponders how he no longer defines himself by his failures, and smiles. "It's been a big relief."

Interview by Gavin Edwards  Issue#847 August 17, 2000 

Also, from launch.com:

Third Eye Blind Counts Jim Carrey As A Fan
(7/25/00, 1 p.m. ET) - Third Eye Blind's Stephan Jenkins continues to accumulate A-list admirers who make paparazzi drool. First came his relationship with actress Charlize Theron. Then he joined buddy Mark Wahlberg for a bit part in Walhberg's upcoming metal epic, So You Want To Be A Rock Star. Now, the lead singer can count screen superstar Jim Carrey among his Hollywood pals.Third Eye Blind

Jenkins tells LAUNCH that their chance meeting ultimately prompted his band's contribution to the soundtrack to Carrey's latest flick, Me, Myself & Irene."I met Jim Carrey at a party," Jenkins recalls. "He came up to me and tapped me on the back, [saying] 'Hi. I'm a big fan.' I'm like, 'Wow. It's Fire Marshall Bill.' He just expressed being a fan and then shortly thereafter, here comes this movie. And I think it was really because of just that one sort of meeting that we were like, 'Sure. We'd be glad to do it.'"

Third Eye Blind remains on the road for its Red Summer Sun tour with Vertical Horizon. The bands can be found tonight (July 25) in Darien Center, New York.

-- Darren Davis, New York and Neal Weiss, Los Angeles

Also, from RollingStone.com:

Highlights Hard to Find at Rockfest
Metallica can't save Chicago fest


The Hard Rock Caf� Rockfest, held this Saturday at Chicago's Motor Speedway, was a case study in what sucks about summer festivals. Overblown, undersold, eclectic to a fault, plagued by technical maladies (audio/video synch issues made the jumbotrons all but worthless) and far more concerned with product placement than anything musical, the event was more a series of bad jokes than a substantial happening. Artists on the all-day sucker seemed well aware of the soulessness and generally inconsequential nature of the day, seizing the opportunity to grace the 30,000 or so in attendance with obvious covers, cliches in spades and corny arena-rock posturing. On an unseasonably mild summer day in Illinois, the line between entertaining and being stupid was crossed one too many times for forgiveness.

Early, super-clean performances by the adult alternative wet dream team of Guster, Nine Days and Vertical Horizon met with appropriate audience indifference, as did an occasionally rocking set by local seethers Veruca Salt, who, since the departure of Nina Gordon, lack the "what if I could do it with both of those hot chicks?" element that once made them so appealing to guys everywhere.

If there's a hit song that you've heard on the radio 500 times but still have no idea who sings it, odds are it's a Tonic (or Collective Soul) number. The Los Angeles quartet reigns supreme as the kings of faceless, disposable pop. Want for charisma but brimming with poetically challenged pop songs a la "Open Up Your Eyes," Emerson Hart (he's the singer in Tonic) and the guys sent show-goers scrambling to the corn dog line.

Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins needs the spotlight almost as bad as he needs serious help hitting the falsetto parts in his songs. Strutting up and down the catwalk, Jenkins struggled to hit the high ones whilst wearing (as opposed to, you know, playing) his guitar like a fashion accessory. In homage to once-great arena kings Guns N' Roses, bassist Arion Salazar wore a leather cap (a la Izzy Stradlin) while Jenkins wore a Slash-ish top hat and quoted the enigmatic Axl Rose ("Do you know where you are? You're in the jungle baby") during the lengthy breakdown in "Ten Days Late." The old stuff ("Losing a Whole Year," "Semi-Charmed Life") was a guilty pleasure in the afternoon sun, but the newer tunes, with their pointlessly ambling breakdowns, dragged on too damn long and TEB's cover jams (the Who's "Baba O'Riley" and Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated") were as flat and angstless as they were played out.

In a perfect world, bills this disparate would bring together people of all different tastes for a daylong celebration of musical diversity. In the real world, lots of anxious guys in Metallica shirts sit around asking, "Who's this onstage again?" Most awkwardly placed on the Hard Rock bill were Canuck pop makers and serious jokers Barenaked Ladies, who surely knew in advance that no one was gonna care that they harmonize to perfection, play tightly and crisply and write quality tunes with a delightfully ironic spin on love and uncertainty.

They played their hits ("It's All Been Done," "One Week") with chutzpah and road-tested a few hooky new numbers, but the showstoppers came when they plucked a guy named Steve (who'd just flipped Ladies' singer/guitarist Ed Robertson the bird) from the crowd and lovingly showed him how to strum the Kinks' "You Really Got Me," and a few moments later when they busted out an uptempo reading of Lionel Richie's "Say You Say Me." Funny, yes, but sad to see a group of true pop craftsmen forcibly resorting to frat-guy pratfalls lest the principally n� metal throngs doze off.

With his long black gloves and mohawk, Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland commanded a potent, zealous set by a band who knows that following so long a hiatus (courtesy Weiland's lengthy dance with Mr. Brownstone and subsequent stint in the pokey) winning fans back one song at a time is the lone option. The DeLeo brothers and drummer Eric Kretz hammered out booming, distortion-drenched chunks of glorious grunge while Weiland (his shirts forever lost in the laundry) busted his trademark serpentine moves and sang like the dickens. Massive versions of "Down" and "Interstate Love Song" rattled the towering speaker structures, set the mosh pits afire and went a long way towards mending fences in Illinois.

Lucky for those budding geographers in the pack, Kid Rock let everyone know that he's from "motherfucking Detroit" no less than half a dozen times. Flanked by big-boobed dancers in stars and bars bikinis and his elfin pal Joe C., the Motor City metal rapper dropped brain science on the crowd like, "My name is Kid Rock, I'm from Detroit, Michigan, and I enjoy eating pussy." Mr. Rock also played a ripping version of Grand Funk's "We're an American Band," most notable for not being ironic. Not since Frampton truly came alive has an arena rocker so totally abused the dreaded talk box (as in his extended version of "Cowboy"), but the kids went wild from the moment he took the stage, and -- bless his Detroit heart -- every generation needs a David Lee Roth.

Naysayers and pre-"Black Album" fans be damned, the rock machine called Metallica are somehow only getting better. Their mid-career flirtation with sensitivity is over, and they're kicking major ass like it's 1985 all over again. With no need of the self-aggrandizing antics or ha-ha cover tactics of those who warmed their stage, the Four Horsemen took the Motor Speedway by force. The metal vets spoke only with their music, hammering out brutal versions of the old stuff ("Battery," "Seek and Destroy"), emotive versions of the new stuff ("Fuel," "No Leaf Clover") and a blistering centerpiece called "Puppetarium," an amalgam of "Master of Puppets" and "Sanitarium."

Closing the twelve-hour affair, Kid Rock joined Metallica for their redux of Bob Seger's "Turn the Page," changing "smoke the day's last cigarette" into "smoke a big-ass joint." It was a dumb moment, in an otherwise dignified set of immortal racket.

(July 25, 2000)

26 - From q101.com:

Third Eye Blind Helping Their Homies 

In an effort to help out other San Francisco bands, Third Eye Blind is teaming up with Levi's to launch Levi's First Stage 2000 series. The program pairs new, relatively unknown bands with larger bands for exposure. The next show in the series will be at Jones Beach Amphitheater on Long Island, New 
York on Friday and will feature Third Eye Blind and up-and-coming San Francisco bands like The KGB and Glitter Mini 9. 

27 - From cdnow.com:

Lenny Kravitz Hosts Rock 'N' Road Rally In New York City

July 27, 2000, 11:05 am PT

Lenny Kravitz and Astrella Leitch are set to host the star-studded kick-off party of the Rock 'N' Road Rally in New York City on Aug. 3.

The Rock 'N' Road Rally, a mini-car race which preludes a larger Cannonball Run-type race next year, will feature Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), Stewart Copeland (The Police), Busta Rhymes, DMX, Tim Burgess (Charlatans U.K.), Wayne Kramer (MC5), members of the Wu-Tang Clan, Gerri Halliwell, Stephan Jenkins (Third Eye Blind), and a host of others.

In 2001, the Rock 'N' Road Rally will pit several teams of celebrities, amongst them Kravitz, Jenkins, No Doubt, Goldie, 311, and Van Morrison, against each other as they race from New York City to New Orleans. The winning team will receive a million-dollar check to give to the charity of their choice. Lion's Share, who serve as the event's main organizers, plan to have the race Webcast and broadcast internationally.

For the Aug. 3rd party, celebrities will race electric slot cars for their favorite charity. The event will also mark the launch of the Rock 'N' Road Rally Web site at www.rnr.com, where a silent auction of donated rock memorabilia will take place the night of the party. To top it off, an all-star running jam session featuring the party's musicians will take place during the event.

Organized in part by Lollapalooza/Warped Tour Producer Kevin Lyman and noted human rights activist Jack Healy, the party will inaugurate what will be a seven-year project to take the rally to all parts of the globe. For 2002, the Rock 'N' Road Rally will host the next race, entitled "The Search for the Garden of Eden," in Africa.

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-- Justin Hampton

28 - The September issue of Teen People includes the following:

There's 2 pictures of 3eb in the September issue of Teen People. They're for the KISS 2000 concert in Boston. The first picture is of Stephan and Arion and it says "After wowing the crowd with an electric performance, Third Eye Blind singer Stephan Jenkins chills with bassist Arion Salazar."  The 2nd pic is of Tony and Stephan, while they're performing. The caption is "Third Eye Blind guitarist Tony Fredianelli rocks out with Stephan, who guests on Limp Bizkit's upcoming album."
And also there's a pic of Sinead O'Connor, and the caption was "Sinead O'Connor and Third Eye Blind had a blast performing her tune, The Emperor's New Clothes. 'It was so great,' raved Stephan."