Rock group Third Eye Blind have fired guitarist Kevin Cadogan
who co-wrote 10 of the 14 songs on the band's smash-hit debut album
and replaced him with original member Tony Fredianelli.
"[Drummer] Brad Hargreaves, [singer/songwriter] Stephan Jenkins and
[bassist] Arion Salazar wish him every success," a statement released
Wednesday by the band's management said of Cadogan.
The decision to fire Cadogan came following a weekend performance at the
Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, according to a band spokesperson,
who asked not to be identified. She did not say why Cadogan was replaced
but acknowledged that there had been tension between him and the rest of
Cadogan confirmed on his Web site (www.kevincadogan.com) that he had
been fired and that Hargreaves was the one who broke the news to him.
"I've always been about the music, not the money," Cadogan said on the
site. Russell Bloom, a spokesperson for the band's management, would not
comment on the situation.
Fredianelli has been with the group as a touring keyboardist and guitarist
since 1996, when he left the official lineup. He played guitar on
"Semi-Charmed Life" (RealAudio
excerpt), the provocative hit about sex and drug abuse from the
band's eponymous debut, which established it as a popular act in 1997. The album is certified
quadruple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
The new guitarist, sporting a beard and shades, appeared with Third Eye
Blind during a performance on Wednesday's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno"
on NBC-TV. The band performed its single, "Never Let You Go" (RealAudio
excerpt), which is at #25 on this week's just-released Billboard
Hot 100 and has helped its album, Blue, climb from #74 to #52 on the
Billboard 200 albums chart in three weeks. Blue has sold
almost 400,000 copies since its release in November, according to SoundScan.
The long-haired Jenkins, wearing a gray sweater, played his red guitar
only during the power-pop chorus, as Fredianelli maintained the song's
quick, choppy riff. Jenkins and his bandmates made no mention of Cadogan.