(A quick note...I have been informed that all the information below is of questionable veracity by various editors throughout the Internet. I say, prove me wrong!! Niaaa niaaa niaaa editors. I'm pretty sure it's mostly true. I was mostly there. Although a lot of it was some while ago, and the witnesses are lost to the winds of time. Thanks to Nick Hubbard for writing profile stuff!)
Todd Antony Perkins (A.K.A. Beowulf Kingsley, Dr. Toddzilla or Ichi Orgone) is a musician living in the Southeast Michigan area, close to Detroit and Ann Arbor. While growing up in the 60's surrounded by the area's legendary rockers, like the MC5 who lived down the street (Todd worked as a lightshow artist with them for a time) and Iggy Pop, with who he would have staredown contests in the park ("Iggy always won those," he remembers), Todd's professional musical life started at 16 with a strange free-jazz performance art collective named the Shultz Food Band. Unusual even for the standard of the times, the band/theatre troupe/anarchist commune was heavily influenced by Archie Shepp, John Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders, as well as Dadaist theatre. Occationaly actual food was used in performances as instruments. "I was lucky...what a great way to start playing," Todd says, "There were high standards, but no rules at all."
Study of Music and Ethnomusicology at Washtenaw College, Wayne State University and the University of Michigan followed on shortly afterward, as well as Jazz, Rock, and Blues bands, notably Ann Arbor seminal swingers the Blue Front Persuaders and a five year stint in the international touring act Big Dave & The Ultrasonics. He is currently well known as long-time touring bassist for legendary Blues/Rock Guitarist Michael Katon, with whom he has worked since 1999 for the last 9 tours of England, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Slovenia, Italy, France and Spain. He has shared stages with acts as diverse as Eric Burdon, Gatemouth Brown, Golden Earring, Motorhead, Lucky Peterson, Wishbone Ash, Booker T and the MGs, Koko Taylor, Mitch Ryder and John Mayall (to name just a few) and has lived to tell the tale. Todd is also active in the studios and club scene of his native Ann Arbor/Detroit area, with over 10 CDs to his credit and frequent gigs with local luminaries, including The Shelter Dogs Band, which he founded, played in and managed for 6 years, Cindi Lou & The Red Hot Royals, and his current project with Jazz guitarist extraordinaire Joe Summers. His talents also include multi-instrumental skills, engineering and producing savvy, and a quirky and engaging songwriting ability, as evidenced by his 5 solo CDs, all of which are available on his own Reptile House Records label. More tours, new projects and the next solo album are all on the way. For information on availability regarding tours, sessions or instruction email Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org.