Basic Background Info
Adrian Samuel Young auditioned for the band No Doubt in 1989, claiming to have been drumming for seven years. In reality, he’d only received his first drum kit from his parents on Christmas Day 1987. Little white lie aside, his natural talent and energy got him the job.
Growing up in Long Beach, California, Adrian Young was exposed to the music of Bob Marley, The Police, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, and more. As he got older, Adrian Young developed a love for the local punk and ska music scene. The first record he ever owned was The Ramones’s Road to Ruin. In high school, though Adrian Young didn’t own a drum kit, Adrian attempted to play. This developing passion caused his parents to buy him his first drum kit in 1987. Adrian Young drummed for his first band, Echostar, shortly thereafter.
Adrian Young was a fan of Orange County raised ska band, No Doubt, and he attended their shows when he could. When Chris Webb, the original drummer, decided to leave the band in 1989, Adrian auditioned. Adrian Youngv has been drumming with the band ever since. No Doubt was signed to Interscope Records in 1991 when their live act began to attract attention. Sadly, their first albums, released in the wake of the grunge movement, barely caused a stir. Eric Stefani left the band after their self-released album, Beacon Street Collection.
No Doubt came into mainstream popularity with the release of 1995’s Tragic Kingdom. The track, “Don’t Speak,” was originally meant to be a love song, but with the breakup of bassist Tony Canal and vocalist Gwen Stefani, it didn’t quite turn out that way. The album became a documentation of the couple’s break up, after dating for seven years. Despite the rough personal situation within the band, they rose into fame, with songs like “Just a Girl” and “Spiderwebs” hitting MTV’s Buzz Bin and blaring from radios everywhere. Subsequent releases, The Return of Saturn and Rocksteady, further cemented the band’s place among popular rock acts of the time.
The high energy, ska/punk stage show of No Doubt is only heightened by Adrian’s off the wall hair styles and his penchant for wearing G-Strings. He’s even gone as far as playing shows completely naked while on tour in Europe.
Aside from No Doubt, Adrian Young has played with Bow Wow Wow, Unwritten Law, and The Vandals. He’s also an avid golf fan, and participated in VH1’s Fairway to Heaven in 1998.
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