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Adrian Young

Adrian Young performing with No Doubt in 2002
Background information
Birth name Adrian Samuel Young III
Born 26 August 1969 (1969-08-26) (age 40)

Long Beach, California, United States

Genres Rock
Instruments drums
rhythm guitar
Years active 1989–present
Associated acts No Doubt, The Vandals, Bow Wow Wow, Unwritten Law, Dilana

Adrian Samuel Young (born August 26, 1969) is the drummer for the rock band, No Doubt.



Young's parents were hippies.[1] He has three brothers: Alex, Damian and Aaron. His father is a teacher at Lexington Junior High School in Cypress, California.

Young was exposed to rock music very early by Kevin Smith, Monte Downing, and Jimmy Theisen, fellow busboys at a Mexican restaurant,Alejandro's, which was located across the street from the Los Alamitos horse racetrack in Cypress, California. And, by the 1990s California music scene. He began attending No Doubt's concerts after they formed in 1987. The same year he began playing the drums. In 1989, No Doubt announced that they were looking for a new drummer, and Young auditioned. At the audition, he lied saying that he had been playing for some time now.

Young is known among fans for his affinity for wearing a thong, tutu and a mohawk during performances. He can often be seen shirtless and in his thong in the band's music videos.

When not performing and touring, Young likes to spend his time out on the golf courses as he is an avid golf player.[2] Young participated in VH-1's Fairway to Heaven during 1998 and caught the eye of former shock-rocker and golfer Alice Cooper.

In October 1999, on the last night of the California Club Tour at The Fillmore in San Francisco, California, Adrian proposed to his girlfriend Nina Kent on stage in front of the thousand-plus fans. Young kneeled down on one knee, professed his love and asked her to marry him. On 16 January 2000, Young married his fiancée, Nina Kent. Kent gave birth to a son, Mason James Young on 9 February 2002. During gaps between No Doubt albums, Young tours with such bands as Bow Wow Wow and Bing Ji Ling, playing the drums. He also played the drums on many of the tracks on Here's to the Mourning, the 2005 album by alternative rock band, Unwritten Law, as well as the 2006 release "Awakened by Silence" from the band VAJA.

Young will play on Rockstar: Supernova runner-up Dilana's upcoming album. On 28 November 2006, Dilana released the first singles "Supersoul", and a cover of The Police classic "Roxanne" on iTunes, Napster and other digital download websites.

Young will also play drums on Scott Weiland's second solo album Happy In Galoshes recorded by Steve Albini.


Young uses Orange County Drum and Percussion drums and Zildjian cymbals and drum sticks. [3]


  • 22x18"Bass drum
  • 12x7" Snare drum
  • 14x6" Timbale
  • 10x6" Rack tom
  • 12x7" Rack tom
  • 16x14" Floor tom


  • 14" ZBT Plus crash
  • 18" A Custom Projection crash
  • 14" New Beat Hi-Hats
  • 21" A Rock Ride Brilliant
  • 18" Oriental China


  • Zildjian signature drum sticks
  • Zildijan signature stick-bag
  • Drum Workshop pedals
  • Remo heads

Other information



  1. ^ Strauss, Neil. "No Doubt's Anniversary Party". Rolling Stone. January 31, 2002. Retrieved April 18, 2007.
  2. ^ "No Doubt Drummer Young, Vandals' Escalante Go Golfing". MTV News. February 9, 1999. Retrieved December 30, 2006.
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