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). Leo Kremer, a recent Berkeley graduate, had been filling in for original bassist Arion Salazar, but he will not take part in any recordings with the band.
After the massive success of their eponymous debut album in 1997, the band released one more album, 1999’s Blue, before guitarist Kevin Cadogan was released under circumstances that still elicit controversy. More recently, bassist Arion Salazar has not been playing with the band, and his future as part of the quartet is unclear. It is reported on the band’s Facebook page that he is able to return whenever he wishes; that there is an “open door policy” for him.
Third Eye Blind’s first album, Third Eye Blind, became an immediate success after its release in 1997. The album had 5 singles, “Semi-Charmed Life“, “Graduate“, “Losing a Whole Year“, “Jumper“, and “How’s It Going to Be“. “Semi-Charmed Life” hit as high as #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Modern Rock Tracks for 8 weeks. The band also played “How’s it Going to Be” on Saturday Night Live. To date it has been the most successful Third Eye Blind CD, selling 6 million units worldwide. Smash Mouth drummer Michael Urbano also appeared on the album, playing drums on 4 songs. During this period they also opened a number of shows on U2’s Popmart tour. Additionally, this album includes the track “Motorcycle Drive By” which despite receiving only limited radio play, has gained significant popularity especially amongst the band’s close followers.
In 1999 the band released Blue. Although not received as well as Third Eye Blind, the album sold 150,000 copies the first month of release and 1.25 million total U.S. sales. Four singles were released from the album, “Anything“, “Never Let You Go“, “Deep Inside of You“, and “10 Days Late“. In early 2000, shortly after the release of the album, Kevin Cadogan was released from the band.