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Third Eye Blind, Counting Crows Pay Tribute To Joey Ramone

(5/7/01, 6 p.m. ET) -- Third Eye Blind and the Counting Crows paid tribute to Joey Ramone with performances of the same song on the same stage during consecutive sets Sunday (May 6) at Fan Nation, a day-long festival at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, California.

The Crows were the first to acknowledge the late punk-rock legend, who succumbed to cancer last month. The group played a somber version of the Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated" during the middle of their own moody tune, "Round Here." The song was so drastically reworked that it took some time for many in the audience to recognize it.

An hour later, Third Eye Blind served up the same classic, its version being considerably more faithful to the raucous original, as well as quite sloppy. "This one goes out to Joey Ramone," frontman Stephan Jenkins told the crowd as he stood atop a small riser in the middle of the amphitheater. As the group concluded the song, Jenkins then offered, "Rest in peace."

Third Eye Blind bassist Arion Salazar tells LAUNCH that Ramone meant a great deal to him. "How rough is it when you lose, like, one of the greatest artists? And especially that way, man, he's like young, I know he was gonna do some more music soon. It sucks. It sucks s--t. But, I feel honored--a couple months ago I actually met him, I talked to him on the phone, I saved his voicemail message. Their music has been so important to me. I was choked up the day that he went away."

Fan Nation, produced by Southern California radio station Star 98.7 and Artist Direct, allowed fans more intimate access to their favorite artists, which on this day also featured the Wallflowers, Uncle Kracker, Go-Go's, Billy Idol, and Eve 6.

-- Neal Weiss, Los Angeles