NEWS - Third Eye Blind Inspired By Weezer's Writing Approach


(7/25/02, 10 a.m. ET) -- Third Eye Blind is completing its next album, Crystal Baller, on the road this summer during its tour with Goo Goo Dolls. Singer Stephan Jenkins explained in a statement that the band was inspired by the Weezer record on the road.

"Weezer put the idea into our head that we might tour in advance of an album, so we're bringing our recording gear with us in hopes of catching the live feeling that we crave," he said.

Crystal Baller is set for an October release. Jenkins said that it's the most raw and beautiful music the band has recorded to date. Songs were recorded at the band's own Mourningwood studio in San Francisco.

"Having our own environment has freed us up creatively, and I think it shows on the tracks," Jenkins stated. "It has been such a pleasure. I wish we could make a double album."

On touring this summer despite Crystal Baller not being in stores, Jenkins said, "I don't understand bands that complain about touring. A rock 'n' roll summer is my dream since I was a kid, and the dream lives."

Third Eye Blind/Goo Goo Dolls dates start July 29 in Phoenix, and end September 14 in Chula Vista, California.

-- Darren Davis, New York