Third Eye Blind Frontman Plans All-Star Breast Cancer Benefit

Billy Corgan to sing with Deftones, Crazy Town to join Sugar Ray onstage.

He’s currently locked away in his new San Francisco home writing songs for the next Third Eye Blind album, but Stephan Jenkins made some free time recently to plan a benefit concert to raise money to treat underprivileged women with breast cancer.

The show, which is being co-coordinated by the nonprofit group Step Up, will take place at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles on October 27 and will feature various band collaborations: Ex-Smashing Pumpkins vocalist Billy Corgan will sing with Deftones, Crazy Town will take the stage with Sugar Ray and Jenkins is trying to persuade David Bowie to perform with Third Eye Blind.

“I tried to think of something that would be fun for the bands and the audience, and I decided to have band pairings,” said Jenkins, who plans to call the event Breathe. “I think audiences who are so surfeited on seeing radio shows where all your favorite bands come out and play a 30-minute set will get to see something really different.”

In addition to the aforementioned acts, Seal will play an acoustic set and No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani may take the stage.

“The point of the show is to emphasize that breast cancer isn’t a woman’s issue, it’s everybody’s issue because it touches families,” said Jenkins. “So I wanted to have an eclectic mix of everybody’s music. You have somebody
like Seal playing right next to the Deftones. I dig that.”