Basic Background Info

Birth: August 26, 1969
Location: Long Beach, California
Band: No Doubt, The Vandals, Bow Wow Wow, Bing Ji Ling, Unwritten Law, Vaja, Dilana
Genres: Rock, Ska, Punk
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


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.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1992 No Doubt No Doubt
1995 Beacon Street Collection No Doubt
1995 Just a Girl No Doubt
1995 Tragic Kingdom No Doubt
1996 Supercop Original Soundtrack
1997 1997 Grammy Nominees Various Artists
1997 Very Special Christmas, Vol. 3 Various Artists
1998 1998 Grammy Nominees Various Artists
1998 Hitler Bad, Vandals Good The Vandals
1999 Go Movie Soundtrack
2000 Bathwater No Doubt
2000 Excuse Me, Mister No Doubt
2000 Return of Saturn No Doubt
2000 Simple Kind of Life No Doubt
2001 Wanderland Kelis
2001 Zoolander Original Soundtrack
2002 Rock Steady No Doubt
2002 Underneath It All No Doubt
2003 Boom Box No Doubt
2003 It's My Life No Doubt
2003 Running No Doubt
2003 Singles 1992-2003 No Doubt
2004 Everything in Time No Doubt
2004 True Love Toots & The Maytals
2005 Here's to the Mourning Unwritten Law
2005 Look at All the Love We Found: A Tribute to Sublime Various Artists
2006 Kaleidoscope/Wanderland Kelis
2006 Songs We Sing Matt Costa
2006 Who's Gonna Take Us Alive? The Bangkok Five
2007 Best Days Matt White
2007 Drum Duets, Vol. 1 John Wackerman
2007 Order of Distinction Ernest Ranglin
2007 Rise and Fall of Love and Hate Oslo
2008 Happy in Golashes Scott Weiland
2008 Ride Through the Country Colt Ford
2010 Icon No Doubt
2012 Push & Shove No Doubt


  • Don't Speak spent sixteen weeks in the number one spot on the "Billboard Hot 100 Airplay" chart.
  • Adrian Young was honored as one of Playgirl's Sexiest Men In Music in the May 2003 issue.
  • He was a psychology major in college.

Instruments of Choice




Drums: Orange County Drums and Percussion
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Heads: Remo
Electronics: Shure
Sticks: Zildjian

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