Basic Background Info

Birth: September 13, 1967
Location: Los Angeles, California
Band: Jane's Addiction, Dizaster, Infectious Grooves, Porno for Pyros, The Panic Channel
Genres: Alternative Rock, Alternative Metal, College Rock
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician, Co-Inventor of Go-Jo Bags, Drum Therapist


Los Angeles native Stephen Andrew Perkins started playing the drums when he was eight years old. Five years later he bought his first real drum kitóa five-piece Ludwig set with Zildjian cymbals. Stephen Perkins studied under Jim Engle and Joel Gallant.

As a teenager, Stephen Perkins and Dave Navarro formed the band Dizaster and played locally throughout Los Angeles. In 1986, Stephen and Dave both joined the alt-rock outfit, Jane's Addiction.

Jane's Addiction released a self-titled album (a live recording from the Roxy) in 1987. They were a quick underground favorite in Los Angeles. Their live performances were packed full of energy and blends of punk, funk, metal, and jazz echoed in their acerbic ballads. After recording two more albums, Nothing Shocking and Ritual De Lo Habitual, the band dismantled in 1991. Although Jane's Addiction's tenure was short, they brought alternative music to a wide audience.

The following year, Stephen Perkins joined Suicidal Tendencies' side project, Infectious Grooves, for a short time. In 1993, Stephen Perkins created Porno for Pyros (with Perry Farrell) and released a self-titled album that same year. Stephen Perkins also created Banyan in 1995. In 1997, Flea, Dave, and Stephen reunited for a Jane's Addiction tour, a movie, and an album. In 1999, Stephen Perkins joined Tommy Lee's Methods of Mayhem for one tour.

In 2000, Stephen Perkins rejoined Janeís Addiction on tour for their second reunion tour. Three years later, Stephen Perkins drummed on Strays. It was the first Jane's Addiction studio album in more than a decade.

In 2005, Stephen Perkins created The Panic Channel and recorded an album with Dave Navarro, Chris Chaney, and Steve Isaacs.

Stephen Perkins has performed with Rage Against the Machine, No Doubt, Nine Inch Nails, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jerry Cantrell, Rancid, Jewel, Sheryl Crow, Rob Wasserman, Peter Murphy, Class of 99, Love and Rockets, Camp Freddy, Hell Ride, and No Material. Throughout Stephen Perkins' many endeavors, his drumming style is consistently exoticóhe regularly incorporates polyrhythms and African elements.

In addition to working as a performer, Stephen Perkins has created drum therapy circles. Stephen Perkins and Joey Klaparda invented Go Jo Bags, a percussion instrument used in music therapy.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1987 Jane's Addiction Jane's Addiction
1988 Nothing's Shocking Jane's Addiction
1990 Ritual de lo Habitual Jane's Addiction
1991 Deadicated: A Tribute to the Grateful Dead Various Artists
1991 Plague That Makes Your Booty Move Infectious Grooves
1992 America's Least Wanted Ugly Kid Joe
1992 Electric Love Hogs Electric Love Hogs
1992 Encino Man Original Soundtrack
1992 Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine
1993 Porno for Pyros Porno for Pyros
1993 Sarsippius' Ark Infectious Grooves
1993 Welcome to Our Nightmare: A Tribute to Alice Cooper Various Artists
1994 Downward Spiral Nine Inch Nails
1995 Ball-Hog or Tugboat? Mike Watt
1995 One Hot Minute Red Hot Chili Peppers
1995 Promosexual Nancy Boy
1995 Tragic Kingdom No Doubt
1996 Cable Guy Original Soundtrack
1996 Good God's Urge Porno for Pyros
1996 In Defense of Animals, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1996 Sweet F.A. Love and Rockets
1997 1997 Grammy Nominees Various Artists
1997 Banyan Banyan
1997 Flyin' Traps Various Artists
1997 Kettle Whistle Jane's Addiction
1997 Private Parts Original Soundtrack
1997 Tibetan Freedom Concert Various Artists
1998 1998 Grammy Nominees Various Artists
1998 Another Brick in the Wall Class of '99
1998 Faculty Original Soundtrack
1998 James Brown Super Bad @ 65: A James Brown Tribute Various Artists
1998 Life Won't Wait Rancid
1998 MTV's 120 Minutes Live Various Artists
1999 Anytime at All Banyan
1999 Good God's Urge Porno for Pyros
1999 One Hot Minute Red Hot Chili Peppers
1999 Rev Perry Farrell
2000 Space Island Rob Wasserman
2001 Song Yet to Be Sung Perry Farrell
2001 Trust No One Dave Navarro
2002 New Electronic Folk Music: The Peopletree Sessions The Peopletree/Milla Jovovich
2002 Trapped John Ottman
2002 Trumpet Ride Willie Waldman
2003 Boom Box No Doubt
2003 Estranged David J
2003 Just Because Jane's Addiction
2003 Singles 1992-2003 No Doubt
2003 Strays Jane's Addiction
2003 True Nature Jane's Addiction
2004 American River Jonathan Elias
2004 Downward Spiral Nine Inch Nails
2004 Drum Nation, Vol. 1 Various Artists
2004 God Doesn't Care Instruction
2004 Left of the Dial: Dispatches from the '80s Undergroun Various Artists
2004 Live at Perkins' Palace Banyan
2004 Unshattered Peter Murphy
2005 Avalon Bridge Will Burn New Dead Radio
2005 Look at All the Love We Found: A Tribute to Sublime Various Artists
2006 (One) The Panic Channel
2006 Up from the Catacombs: The Best of Jane's Addiction Jane's Addiction
2007 Tiny Twofer Lite/Funanori


  • Stephen married Chicago artist Cindy Juarez in 1995. She designed the cover art for Banyan’s first two releases.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Sticks: Pro-Mark

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