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Third Eye Blind

Third Eye Blind performs at SUNY Geneseo on November 17, 2007
Background information
Origin San Francisco, California, United States
Genres Alternative rock
Power pop
Years active 1993 – present
Labels Warner, Elektra, Sony RED Distribution
Associated acts Bully, Apocrypha, Kevin Cadogan, Year Long Disaster, Radio Angel, The Gossip Choir
Stephan Jenkins
Tony Fredianelli
Brad Hargreaves
Former members
Kevin Cadogan
Arion Salazar
Michael Urbano
Jason Slater

Third Eye Blind (sometimes abbreviated 3eb) is an American alternative rock band formed in the early 1990s in San Francisco. The band's current line-up is Stephan Jenkins (vocals, guitar), Brad Hargreaves (drums, percussion), and Tony Fredianelli (guitar, vocals). Original bassist Arion Salazar has not been playing with the band, and his future as part of the band is unclear. It is reported on the band's Facebook page that he is able to return whenever he wishes, as there is an "open door policy" for him. Abe Millet, of Inviolet Row, has been filling in for Salazar during recent concerts. After the success of their eponymous debut album in 1997, the band released one more album, 1999's Blue, before guitarist Kevin Cadogan was released under controversial circumstances.[1] In 2003, the band released Out of the Vein. In 2008 the band released the digital EP Red Star. After a six year hiatus from releasing a full length album Ursa Major was released on August 17, 2009. The band is best known for the two hit singles "Semi-Charmed Life" and "Jumper", as well as other popular songs such as "Graduate", "Motorcycle Drive By", "Wounded" and "Never Let You Go".



Beginnings (1993–1996)

Third Eye Blind recorded their first demo in 1993. The band gained major label attention after their second demo was released in 1995, including that of Clive Davis, who invited the band to perform a showcase for Arista Records in New York City.[2] During Third Eye Blind concerts at the time, it was customary for the band to have a piñata release candy above their mosh pits, yet at the showcase for the record executives, lead singer Stephan Jenkins released live crickets from the piñata instead.[2] With regard to the name of the band, Jenkins indicated during a radio interview that the name came from the metaphysical idea of a mind's eye, a topic of a book he had read. The other group members liked it and chose it as the official name. In the past, Stephan Jenkins has also joked about a Ouija board and vodka being the sources of the name. In April 1996, after Jenkins had challenged Epic Records executive Dave Massey in a meeting, the band landed an opening gig for Oasis at the San Francisco Civic Auditorium.[2] In an unlikely scenario for an opening act, the band was invited back for an encore after playing their initial set[3] and was paid double by the concert promoter.[4] In addition, Stephan Jenkins' production of The Braids' cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" gained major-label attention.[5] Afterwards, the band found themselves in a bidding war among record labels, and after a showcase in Los Angeles, signed with Sylvia Rhone of Elektra Records because they believed it offered the most artistic freedom.[4]

Success (1997–2000)

Third Eye Blind's first album, Third Eye Blind was released in 1997. The album had 5 singles: "Semi-Charmed Life", "Graduate", "How's It Going to Be", "Losing a Whole Year", and "Jumper". "Semi-Charmed Life" peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was number 1 on the Modern Rock Tracks for 8 weeks.[citation needed] The band also performed "How's It Going to Be" on Saturday Night Live. To date their eponymous debut has been the group's most successful album, selling 6 million copies in the U.S. alone.[6] Smash Mouth drummer Michael Urbano played drums on 4 songs on the album. During this period they also opened a number of shows on U2's PopMart Tour.

In 1999 the band released their second album, Blue. Although not received as well as Third Eye Blind, the album sold 75,000 copies the first week of release and by 2003 had sold 1.25 million in the U.S.[7] Four singles were released from the album, "Anything", "Never Let You Go", "10 Days Late", and "Deep Inside of You". In early 2000, shortly after the release of the album, Kevin Cadogan was released from the band. Cadogan filed suit, alleging wrongful termination, adding that his production, recording, and songwriter royalties were withheld since being kicked out of the band.[8] The lawsuit was settled out of court in June 2002.[9]

Hiatus (2001–2002)

After extensive international touring, the band took a break from performing, appearing only at charity events. They put on shows for the Tiger Woods Foundation and the Breathe Benefit Concert in Los Angeles after Jenkins' mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.[10] During the hiatus the band also built a recording studio in anticipation of their next album.

Out of the Vein (2003)

In 2003 the band released Out of the Vein. Two singles were released from the album; "Blinded", and "Crystal Baller". Out of the Vein didn't sell as well as its predecessors, with numbers estimated around 500,000 copies as of March 2007.[11] Elektra Records was being absorbed into Atlantic Records at the time,[12] and the only music video created from the album was for the single "Blinded". Due to the merger, the band found themselves without label support, as Jenkins said, "Our record company ceased to exist the month the record was released, Elektra Records imploded."[11]

In April, 2003, the band embarked on the Within Arms Reach tour, targeting clubs and other smaller venues to promote their third album in a more intimate setting than in recent years. "The 'Within Arm's Reach Tour' means the audience and the band literally get within arm's reach of each other," Jenkins said.[citation needed]

This album came out right after the break up of Stephan Jenkins and actress Charlize Theron.[citation needed] During various concerts Jenkins has stated that the songs "Forget Myself" and "Palm Reader" are written for her and the lyrics reveal some interesting aspects of their relationship.[citation needed]

In May 2004, Warner Music cut Third Eye Blind, along with over 80 other acts, from its roster.[12] While no specific reason was given for Third Eye Blind being cut, Atlantic co-chairman Craig Kallman said the cuts were made to get Atlantic's roster down to an appropriate size where "we can give each of our acts top priority."[12]

It would be over four years after this until the band would release any new music.

Red Star and Ursa Major (2008-2009)

For the 10th anniversary of the release of Third Eye Blind's debut album, the band performed at the Fillmore on March 13 and 14. The shows were filmed for broadcast on HDNet on December 2, as well as normal broadcast and release on DVD and as a live album tentatively to be released in early 2008, as announced by Jenkins on November 9, 2007, on DC101's "Elliot In The Morning".[13] However, as of late 2009, neither the DVD or live album have been released.

A single, "Non-Dairy Creamer", was released in November 2008 and was part of the internet exclusive digital EP Red Star.

Third Eye Blind's fourth studio album titled Ursa Major was released on August 17, 2009.[14] The album had been anticipated since mid-2007 and was previously expected to be named The Hideous Strength.[15] The album was released under their own label Mega Collider Records [16]. Prior to the album's release, Jenkins had stated that it would be "more political" than previous Third Eye Blind works.[17]

Also announced is a possible fifth album titled Ursa Minor,[18][19] that is planned to follow Ursa Major. Jenkins said that Ursa Minor will consist of songs that did not make the cut for Ursa Major.[19]

On June 5 2009, Third Eye Blind released their first single off Ursa Major, "Don't Believe a Word", to radio.

On January 26 2010, the band released the music video for their second single off Ursa Major, "Bonfire".

Third Eye Blind, in addition to performing various dates in Europe and the United States in 2010, will also be co-headlining The Bamboozle Roadshow 2010 between May and June 2010. Co-headlining with 3EB are All Time Low, Boys Like Girls, and LMFAO. Along with numerous other supporting bands, including 3OH!3, Good Charlotte, Forever The Sickest Kids, Cartel, and Simple Plan.


Studio albums



See also


  1. ^ Julian Guthrie. He can see clearly now
  2. ^ a b c Whiting, Sam. Third Eye Blind Spots a Big Gig. San Francisco Chronicle, April 13, 1996. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
  3. ^ Ganahl, Jane. Blind Faith. San Francisco Examiner, November 9, 1997. Retrieved 2008-03-28.
  4. ^ a b Condon, Nadine. (2003). Hot Hits, Cheap Demos: The Real-World Guide to Music Business Success. pp. 148-149. San Francisco: Backbeat Books. ISBN 0-87930-762-5.
  5. ^ Vaziri, Aidin. Rappers The Braids Get A Big Break. San Francisco Chronicle, October 27, 1996. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
  6. ^ "Gold and Platinum Database Search". Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  7. ^ Hasty, Katey. "Marilyn Manson Posts 'Grotesque' At No. 1". May 21, 2003.
  8. ^ Martens, Todd. "Ex-Third Eye Blind Guitarist's Suit Heads to Trial". June 13, 2002.
  9. ^ Martens, Todd. "Ex-Guitarist Settles with Third Eye Blind". June 19, 2002.
  10. ^ Moss, Corey. "Third Eye Blind, Lil' Kim, Nikka Costa, Sugar Ray Do Breathe For Breast Cancer". October 29, 2001.
  11. ^ a b Uhelszki, Jaan. "Third Eye Blind's Second Coming". San Francisco Chronicle. March 11, 2007.
  12. ^ a b c Furman, Phyllis. "Warner Music Axing Artists". Daily News. May 14, 2004.
  13. ^ [1] Elliot In The Morning, November 2007]
  14. ^ [2]
  15. ^ Third Eye Blind: Louder and 'Political'
  16. ^ [3]
  17. ^ Tune Lab Music, June 2007
  18. ^ Third Eye Blind | Facebook
  19. ^ a b Benson, John. "Third Eye Blind Finds Second Life of Success". May 7, 2009.

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