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  • Band/Affiliation: The Panic Channel/Jane's Addiction/Banyan
  • Country: United States
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Stephen Perkins has brought his unique drumming style to "Jane's Addiction", "Porno for Pyros", "Banyan" and others. Born in Los Angeles in 1967, Stephen met future bandmate Dave Navarro in High School and they started a heavy metal band called "Dizaster." After graduation, Stephen and Dave formed "Jane's Addiction."

Jane's Addiction was signed to Warner Bros records after garnering critical claim for their release on the Independent Los Angeles label XXX. Under their Warner Brothers deal, they recorded two more critically lauded but sometimes controversial albums, "Nothing's Shocking" and "Ritual De Lo Habitual". Stephen's side projects have included Porno for Pyros and Banyan.

In 2003, after a long hiatus, Jane's Addiction released "Strays" and embarked on a US tour. In 2004, Banyan released "Live at Perkins' Palace", (recorded at Stephen's home studio) and the band continues to play live shows throughout the US.

In early 2006, Stephen and The Panic Channel (including Dave Navarro, Chris Chaney, and Steve Isaacs) will release an album on Capitol Records.

Stephen is known for his use of tonal colors and various percussive sound effects. He uses primarily As and A Customs, with a smattering of just about everything else.

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