Stephen Perkins

Stephen Andrew Perkins (September 13, 1967) is an American musician and songwriter. A drummer and percussionist, he currently plays with Jane's Addiction and Hellride.

Stephen Perkins
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Background information
Birth nameStephen Andrew Perkins
Born (1967-09-13) September 13, 1967 (age 53)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresAlternative rock, alternative metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, producer
InstrumentsDrums, percussion
Years active1986–present
LabelsTriple X, Warner Bros., EMI, Capitol, Epic, CyberOctave, Sanctuary, Blood Stained Stars
Associated actsJane's Addiction, Porno for Pyros, Banyan, The Panic Channel, Infectious Grooves, Methods of Mayhem, Nine Inch Nails, Hellride

Following the dissolution of Jane's Addiction, Perkins continued to play with frontman Perry Farrell in the rock band Porno for Pyros. He also has a solo project called Banyan, and in the 1990s was involved in Lil' Pit with Mike Watt. In 1992, he appeared as percussionist on Rage Against the Machine's "Know Your Enemy" and in 1995, contributed percussion to the Red Hot Chili Peppers songs "One Big Mob" and "Warped" on their album One Hot Minute (fellow Jane's Addiction member Dave Navarro was the guitarist for the Chili Peppers during the making of that album). Perkins also played drums on the Nine Inch Nails album The Downward Spiral on the track "I Do Not Want This". In addition to Banyan, Perkins worked with Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro, Jane's Addiction bass player Chris Chaney and singer/guitarist Steve Isaacs on a project entitled The Panic Channel from 2004 until 2007. Perkins was also involved with members of Suicidal Tendencies in their Infectious Grooves side project, as well as Hellride, a Los Angeles-based Stooges cover band. Jane's Addiction reunited and played at the NME Awards in April 2008, and recorded the album The Great Escape Artist in 2011, and produced a live album Live in NYC, from material recorded during the follow-up tour. The band has played sporadically since 2013, as members have worked on various side projects. Perkins most recently played with the band in February 2020 during a show with the Red Hot Chili Peppers; Perkins also filled in on drums for the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the same show.

Early lifeEdit

Perkins attended Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California.[1] According to Farrell's comments during a Jane's Addiction show in Tel Aviv on September 1, 2011, Perkins (whose Hebrew name is Shlomo) celebrated his bar mitzvah on August 31, 1980.[citation needed] The next day, he got his first drum set—the date of the 2011 show marking the 31st anniversary of Perkins playing drums.


Jane's Addiction

Infectious Grooves

Porno for Pyros

Nine Inch Nails


Perry Farrell

The Panic Channel


  • 2010 Us You


  1. ^ "Notre Dame High School". Retrieved March 9, 2018.

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