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Kevin Cadogan
Birth nameKevin Rene Cadogan
Born (1970-08-14) August 14, 1970 (age 48)
Oakland, California, US
Origin Berkeley, California, US
Genres Alternative rock
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • guitarist
  • Guitar
  • vocals
Years active1989–present
Labels Elektra
Associated acts

Kevin Rene Cadogan [2] (born August 14, 1970) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and guitarist. A founding member of the band Third Eye Blind, [3] he performed with the band from 1993 to 2000. He co-wrote some of Third Eye Blind's most notable hits, including "How's It Going to Be", "Losing a Whole Year", and "Graduate", 10 of the 14 songs on their debut album Third Eye Blind as well as six of the 13 tracks on his final collaboration with the band in their second album Blue .

Third Eye Blind American alternative rock band

Third Eye Blind is an American rock band formed in San Francisco in 1993. The songwriting duo of Stephan Jenkins and Kevin Cadogan signed the band's first major-label recording contract with Elektra Records in 1996, which was later reported as the largest publishing deal ever for an unsigned artist. The band released their self-titled debut album in 1997, with the band largely consisting of Jenkins, Cadogan, Arion Salazar, and Brad Hargreaves (drums). Shortly after the release of the band's second album in 1999, Blue, with the same line-up, Cadogan was released from the band under controversial circumstances.

Hows It Going to Be song by Third Eye Blind

"How's It Going to Be" is a song by the American rock band Third Eye Blind. It was written by Kevin Cadogan and Stephan Jenkins. It was released in November 1997 as the third single from their self-titled debut album. The song deals with the trauma of the ending of a relationship and how the transition from friends to acquaintances is a brutal one. It reached number nine on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, to become the band's second consecutive top 10 single, following "Semi-Charmed Life". In the UK, the single peaked at number 51.

Losing a Whole Year 1998 song performed by Third Eye Blind

"Losing a Whole Year" is a song by American alternative group Third Eye Blind. It was released in March 1998 as the fourth single from their 1997 self-titled debut album. It was written by Stephan Jenkins and Kevin Cadogan. The song received positive reviews from music critics and charted on the Billboard Alternative Songs and Mainstream Rock charts. A music video was released in support of the single.


Cadogan and Stephan Jenkins signed a recording contract with Elektra Records in May 1996 which was later reported as the largest recording deal ever for an unsigned artist and launched Third Eye Blind into stardom. [3] In 2011, Cadogan was honored on the show Pensado's Place by record producer Eric Valentine. [4]

Stephan Jenkins musician

Stephan Douglas Jenkins is an American musician best known as the lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist for Third Eye Blind. Under Jenkins's leadership, all five of Third Eye Blind's albums ranked in the top 40 of Billboard's Top Album Sales chart: Third Eye Blind (1997) ranked 25th, Blue (1999) ranked 40th, Out of the Vein (2003) ranked 12th, Ursa Major (2009) ranked 3rd, and Dopamine (2015) ranked 7th. Jenkins wrote or co-wrote all of the band's most notable hits, including "Semi-Charmed Life", "Jumper", "How's It Going to Be", "Losing a Whole Year", "Graduate", "Deep Inside of You", "Never Let You Go" and "Blinded".

Elektra Records American record label

Elektra Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, founded in 1950 by Jac Holzman and Paul Rickolt. It played an important role in the development of contemporary folk music and rock music between the 1950s and 1970s. In 2004, it was consolidated into WMG's Atlantic Records Group. After five years of dormancy, the label was revived as an imprint of Atlantic in 2009. As of October 2018, Elektra was detached from the Atlantic Records umbrella and reorganized into Elektra Music Group, once again operating as an independently-managed frontline label of Warner Music.

Eric Valentine American record producer

Eric Dodd, known professionally as Eric Valentine, is an American record producer, who began his career as drummer and producer in the heavy metal band T-Ride.

Personal life

Born in Oakland, California, Cadogan spent two years in England as a child, while his father taught on sabbatical. Later, the family returned to the United States and settled in Berkeley, California. The Cadogan family maintains their Irish heritage, and Cadogan holds dual American and Irish citizenship. Cadogan's song "Waiting For Me" refers to his close ties to Ireland.

Oakland, California City in California, United States

Oakland is the largest city and the county seat of Alameda County, California, United States. A major West Coast port city, Oakland is the largest city in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, the third largest city overall in the San Francisco Bay Area, the eighth most populated city in California, and the 45th largest city in the United States. With a population of 432,897 as of 2019, it serves as a trade center for the San Francisco Bay Area; its Port of Oakland is the busiest port in the San Francisco Bay, the entirety of Northern California, and the fifth busiest in the United States of America. An act to incorporate the city was passed on May 4, 1852, and incorporation was later approved on March 25, 1854, which officially made Oakland a city. Oakland is a charter city.

Berkeley, California City in California, United States

Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in northern Alameda County, California. It is named after the 18th-century Irish bishop and philosopher George Berkeley. It borders the cities of Oakland and Emeryville to the south and the city of Albany and the unincorporated community of Kensington to the north. Its eastern border with Contra Costa County generally follows the ridge of the Berkeley Hills. The 2010 census recorded a population of 112,580.

Cadogan attended Berkeley public schools up to his graduation in 1988. Cadogan later attended San Francisco State University, graduating in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast communications.

San Francisco State University university in San Francisco, California

San Francisco State University is a public university in San Francisco. As part of the 23-campus California State University system, the university offers 118 different bachelor's degrees, 94 master's degrees, and 5 doctoral degrees along with 26 teaching credentials among six academic colleges.

Kevin Cadogan lives with his wife and three children in Berkeley.

Third Eye Blind

Cadogan began learning the guitar at age 12 and began playing in bands shortly after. Like many other guitarists, Cadogan was a student of guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani. Cadogan was introduced to Stephan Jenkins, who would become his songwriting partner in Third Eye Blind, at a concert in San Francisco in 1993. The two began jamming together before starting to perform as Third Eye Blind in shows around the Bay Area. Cadogan won two California Music Awards for best songwriter along with bandmate Jenkins and was nominated three years in a row as best guitarist in California along with Kirk Hammett from Metallica and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine.

Joe Satriani American guitar player

Joseph Satriani is an American instrumental rock guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. Early in his career, Satriani worked as a guitar instructor, with many of his former students achieving fame, such as Steve Vai, Larry LaLonde, Rick Hunolt, Kirk Hammett, Andy Timmons, Charlie Hunter, Kevin Cadogan, and Alex Skolnick; he then went on to have a successful solo music career. He is a 15-time Grammy Award nominee and has sold over 10 million albums, making him the biggest-selling instrumental rock guitarist of all time.

Kirk Hammett American musician

Kirk Lee Hammett is an American musician who has been lead guitarist and a contributing songwriter for the heavy metal band Metallica since 1983. Before joining Metallica he formed and named the band Exodus. In 2003, Hammett was ranked 11th on Rolling Stone's list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. In 2009, Hammett was ranked number 15 in Joel McIver's book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists.

Metallica American heavy metal band

Metallica is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California, by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, and has been based in San Francisco, California for most of its career. The group's fast tempos, instrumentals and aggressive musicianship made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. Metallica's current lineup comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band.

According to a NY Times interview with Kevin Cadogan, it was his understanding that Third Eye Blind was an equal partnership. [5]

Having signed to Elektra Records in 1996, the band released their self-titled debut album the following year. Cadogan co-wrote ten of the 14 songs on the album. The album spawned a number of Billboard Top 10 singles, and the album has sold in excess of six million copies to date. Cadogan was awarded, along with Jenkins, the award for best songwriter at the 1998 California Music Awards.

Cadogan co-wrote 6 of the 13 songs on Third Eye Blind's second album, Blue . Subsequently, Cadogan was awarded, along with Jenkins, the award for best songwriter at the 2000 California Music Awards.

Departure from Third Eye Blind

Cadogan and Third Eye Blind "parted ways" in January 2000.

According to Cadogan, he was ousted without warning because he didn't agree to a deal that would have yielded a $1 million advance to record an EP and start an Elektra Records imprint for which Stephan Jenkins would have full ownership and control. [6]

The controversial circumstances of Cadogan's departure stem from his allegations that Jenkins and he were to be partners of the corporation named Third Eye Blind Inc. Instead, Jenkins directed the band's manager Eric Godtland and the band's attorney Thomas Mandelbaum to issue Jenkins 100% of the shares to himself, making him the sole owner of all Third Eye Blind assets. Cadogan claimed that he was told by the band's attorney that shares had not been issued to anyone. Cadogan told the New York Times in 1999 that he discovered 100% of the shares had in fact been issued to Jenkins as far back as 1996 when Cadogan and Jenkins signed the definitive record contract with Elektra. Cadogan states that upon learning that Jenkins owned 100% of the band he then refused to sign off on any more recording contracts and loans until shares were also issued to him. In 1999 Cadogan was asked to sign a $1 million loan from Elektra Records which would allow Third Eye Blind to record an EP and release it on its own label as a subsidiary of Elektra. Cadogan refused to sign the deal, citing the fact that he would not own or have any control over the assets acquired from the deal. In November 1999 Elektra Records issued the funds to the Third Eye Blind corporation without Cadogan's signature as Elektra had previously required. Two months later in January 2000, Cadogan and Third Eye Blind parted ways after a concert in Utah. Despite having received the $1 million from Elektra in 1999, the band never delivered the EP for which the funds were allocated. [7] Cadogan filed suit, alleging wrongful termination, adding that his production, recording, and songwriter royalties were withheld since being kicked out of the band. [5] The lawsuit was settled out of court in June 2002, with the terms of the settlement undisclosed. [8]

A major point of contention between Cadogan and Jenkins was an original understanding that they were to be equal partners in Third Eye Blind, but Jenkins established Third Eye Blind Inc. on the eve of signing the band's original record deal with Elektra Records in 1996. All payments were subsequently directed in the record contract to be paid to Third Eye Blind Inc., effectively cutting Cadogan out of any partnership and making Jenkins the sole "owner" of the band. Cadogan says several years went by before he realized that this change had been made in the contract.[ citation needed ]

In 2006 Third Eye Blind released A Collection on Rhino records. The collection included songs that were co-written by Cadogan from the first two albums. Cadogan was omitted from the band's history in the biography section of the liner notes, and credit for his work was falsely given to his replacement guitarist, Tony Fredianelli. [9] Jude Gold from Guitar Player magazine wrote in his review of the album that omitting Cadogan from the band's history: "It's like saying Guns N Roses music always profited from the interplay between Axl Rose and guitarist Buckethead." [10]

New bands and solo career

Cadogan released three solo albums titled Wunderfoot, 12 days in Studio A, and Thousand Yard Stare. [11]

In April 2007 Cadogan, Steve Harwell of Smash Mouth and Eric Stock of Stroke 9 formed a band Radio Angel. Eric Valentine agreed to be a producer of their music. [12] They have not performed together since May 2014, but did release two singles, "Come Together" and "Never Turn You Down." [13] [14]

Cadogan made a guest appearance on a recording of Third Eye Blind closing track "God of Wine" with Lovedrug for the band's fan-chosen covers album from the I AM LOVEDRUG campaign. The album, titled Best of I AM LOVEDRUG [15] was released June 28, 2011.

On December 19, 2011, Cadogan and original Third Eye Blind bassist Arion Salazar reunited to perform on the television program "Backline". Cadogan, Salazar, and Neve's John Stephens performed 12 of their original Third Eye Blind compositions under the new band name "XEB". While audio recordings of the performance have surfaced through the band's social media sites, the broadcast of the performance never came to fruition. They also created a music video for Graduate as well as releasing a single titled "Out of My Mind," this time with Cadogan again on vocals. [16] [17]

In May 2013 Cadogan and brothers Collin and Chris Livingston formed the alternative rock band Seven Cinematic. [18] Cadogan left the project shortly after its inception following an unsuccessful crowdfunding campaign to help pay for the recording of an album.

On February 1, 2016 Cadogan announced he and Salazar were forming a new band named Cadogan & Salazar [19] They performed a 20th anniversary concert at the Annex celebrating 20 years since the creation of Third Eye Blind's self titled debut album. [20]

In October 2016, Cadogan & Salazar reverted to the name "XEB" when former Third Eye Blind guitarist, Tony Fredianelli, joined the band as their permanent singer. A number of shows have been announced including an opening slot on a one-off show with Everclear and Tonic.

In 2017, XEB announced a 20th anniversary spring and summer tour in support of Third Eye Blind's debut album.


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