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Jon Farriss

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Birthplace:   Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Jonathon James Farriss (born 10 August 1961, in Perth, Western Australia, Australia) is the drummer for the Australian rock band, INXS. He is the younger brother of fellow band members, Tim Farriss and Andrew Farriss, and was the youngest member of INXS until J.D. Fortune joined on lead vocals. Farriss is known for integrating traditional rock drums with more funk and dance influenced beats as well as acoustic drums and sequencers and pads. Examples of these teqniques can be found in such songs as "Need You Tonight" and "The Stairs". Farriss has also been credited with backing vocals on many of the band's earlier albums. Among his song writing credits with INXS (mostly collaborations with Michael Hutchence) are "Red Red Sun," "The Gift," "Deepest Red" (a rare b-side) "Faith In Each Other," "Back On Line," "Never Let You Go" (with JD Fortune) and the hit "Disappear". Like his brother Tim, Jon suffers from Hereditary Multiple Exostoses; and regularly had hundreds off cc's of fluid drained from his knees. Formerly married to actress Leslie Bega, from 14 February 1992 to 1999. After the death of his mother Jill in 1995, separation from Bega and loss of his "inseparable friend" Michael Hutchence (with whom he once shared an apartment in Hong Kong) and finally painful knee surgery - Jon suffered from a nervous breakdown, fuelled by alcohol and drugs. In 2006, married long-time girlfriend Kerry Norris in a small beach-side ceremony in Jervis Bay, followed by a party at their home in Hyams Beach. Jon started playing drums professionally at the age of ten. First bands: Blackwater, Top Kat, Fish, Guinness.Is credited as "Jazzy Jonny J" on Tim Farriss' album Deep Inside, a compilation of samples. Jon wrote and performed the song "You Never Used to Cry" on the soundtrack for the 1984 film No Small Affair starring Demi Moore and Jon Cryer.



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