Third Eye Blind frontman wooed pop star Vanessa Carlton by giving her a dried raccoon's penis necklace and JT LEROY's novel SARAH.

The A THOUSAND MILES singer, 24, fell for the 40-year-old rocker, who once dated Charlize Theron, two years ago when they toured together - but she admits she was wary of him at first.

Carlton says, "He was always really nice. He bought me flowers and welcomed me to the tour, but I just felt suspicious of men in general at that point. He was trying, but it wasn't happening.

"He came into my dressing room once, like weeks into the tour. He handed me this white, ivory necklace with a black cord, and I was like, 'What is this? Now you're giving me gifts?'

"He was like, 'It's a raccoon penis bone...' and then he gave me SARAH (Leroy's book), and it immediately made me curious and comforted that he wanted to share things with me.

"I just thought that was so rare for the frontman of a band to do. They just tend to be really one-dimensional."

09/12/2004 21:24