Interview: Third Eye Blind's Stephan Jenkins Talks 20th Anniversary, RNC Controversy, Surfing and Performs Solo!

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Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins admits that performing an album in its entirety is not what his fans have come to expect, but since it's been 20 years since the band's self-titled debut, they've decided to make an exception...just this once.

Jenkins told Jonathan Clarke and Q104.3 New York's "Out of the Box" that while the he cares little for nostalgia, there's no denying how significant Third Eye Blind's first album was, and how it continues to keep the band on the road even two decades after its release.

"Kids still find this in an authentic and fresh way," Jenkins says. "And they embrace this record, not as something that's nostalgic.

"I have personally no interest in nostalgia. I'm just like I think these are the good ol' days right now. Maybe not the good ol' days...more like, our finest hour. I think this is actually and incredibly dangerous and scary time we're in. But it's a time...to be alive and present."

The new expanded reissue version of Third Eye Blind, includes several bonus tracks -- songs, Jenkins says, were written around the same time as the debut but didn't make the final cut.

Jenkins also made headlines a few times last year for his political stances. In July, Third Eye Blind was booked at a Musicians On Call benefit in Cleveland (he erroneously states it was Philadelphia in the interview - Ed.), which Jenkins says the band was assured was not affiliated with the RNC. 

After Third Eye Blind showed up, however, it became clear that the event was affiliated with the RNC, and Jenkins proceeded to stop the set multiple times to repudiate the platform of the Republican Party and of Donald Trump.

"I just let some mother******s know what time it is," he said. "They duped us into that thing. 

"I showed up and I was like, 'Oooh, a lot of pearls and blazers in that audience.'...They said, 'Let's not keep this political.' And I was like, 'What? You made it political, not me.'"

Watch the whole interview above, plus Jenkins' solo performance of the song "Motorcycle Drive By!"

Keep up with Stephan Jenkins and Third Eye Blind on the Summer Gods Tour here.

Here's the official music video for Third Eye Blind's song "Weightless":

Jonathan 'JC' Clarke

Jonathan 'JC' Clarke

ON AIR: Sundays 7PM - 9PM. Jonathan Clarke joined Q104.3, New York's Classic Rock, as an on-air personality in 1997 and continues to be a mainstay there. Also, since March of 2001, he has hosted and executive produced his top rated 'Out of the... Read more

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