Ex–Third Eye Blind Guitarist Sues Band

Kevin Cadogan files multimillion-dollar suit alleging fraud, breach of contract.

MTV News Online

If Third Eye Blind thought their messy breakup with guitarist and songwriter Kevin Cadogan was over, they got a rude awakening late last week.

Cadogan filed a multimillion-dollar federal lawsuit against his former band and its frontman, Stephan Jenkins, on Friday in San Francisco, setting up the next chapter in a split that came to light in January.

Cadogan's 10-count complaint names at least 10 defendants and lists such wrongdoings as fraud and breach of contract.

A spokesperson for Third Eye Blind had no comment.

Cadogan was fired from the group following a January performance at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The band performed later that month on NBC-TV's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" with original guitarist Tony Fredianelli. At the time, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Cadogan unsuccessfully sought an injunction against the performance.

Cadogan is credited as co-author of 10 of the 14 songs on the band's multiplatinum, self-titled debut, including the song "Graduate" (RealAudio excerpt).

— Tina Johnson