Drummer, Vocalist, and Guitarist Debbi Peterson began drumming in her sister Vicki's various bands at an early age. A natural talent, she only had one formal drum lesson, picking up her craft from watching other drummers, and devouring music voraciously - mostly through her older sister Pam's large record collection. By the time she and Vicki founded The Bangles with guitarist Susanna Hoffs, Debbi was already a seasoned pro.
Debbi sang lead on The Bangles' breakthrough 1984 single "Going Down to Liverpool" and 1989's "Be with You", as well as on myriad other tracks in the band's catalog. In addition Debbi made guest appearances with artists including Elvis Costello, Cyndi Lauper, Tom Petty, The GoGo's, and Spinal Tap.
In the 90's Debbi formed Smashbox with The GoGo's Gina Schock, Sara Lee of The B-52's, and Wendy & Lisa, which eventually became Kindred Spirit - a partnership with River City People's Siobhan Mayer.
Signed by IRS Records, Kindred Spirit released their debut album in 1992, featuring the well-received singles "Ask Me No Questions", "Here In My Eyes", and "Christmas Son".
Since the resurgence of The Bangles in 2000, Debbi has toured and recorded regularly with them, as well as making appearances on other artist's albums and performing live with artists including the much-missed John Wicks, Band Of Their Own (B.O.T.O.), and, most recently, The No Ones.
(scans from the original 80's-era Bangles fan mag "Bangles 'N Mash")