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Name: Stephen Perkins                                                                 
Birth name: Stephen Andrew Perkins                                                     
Born: 13 September 1967 Los Angeles, California, U.S.                                 
Stephen Andrew Perkins (born September 13, 1967) is an American musician and           
songwriter. A drummer and percussionist, he is most famous as one of the               
founding members, in 1985, of the former rock band Jane's Addiction.                   
Following the dissolution of Jane's Addiction, Perkins, a native of Los Angeles,       
continued to play with frontman Perry Farrell in the rock band Porno for Pyros.       
His own project is called Banyan and in the 1990s he was involved in Lil' Pit         
with Mike Watt. In 1992, he appeared as percussion player on Rage Against the         
Machine's self-titled first album and in 1992, he contributed percussion to the       
Red Hot Chili Peppers song "One Big Mob" on their album One Hot Minute (Fellow         
Jane's Addiction member Dave Navarro was the guitarist of the Chili Peppers           
during the making of that album.) Perkins also played drums on Nine Inch Nails         
album The Downward Spiral on the track "I Do Not Want This".                           
In addition to Banyan, Perkins is currently working with ex-Jane's Addiction           
guitarist Dave Navarro, bass player Chris Chaney (bass player on the final Jane's     
Addiction studio album Strays) and singer/guitarist Steve Isaacs on a new             
project, entitled The Panic Channel.                                                   
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.                                                                   
His drum style is considered to be exotic because of polyrhythms and African