Written by Matt Sharkey for NoDoubt.com.
Adrian joined No Doubt in 1989, shortly after the first drummer left. He was asked to join after battling another drummer in a head to head second try-out. Adrian won the battle after telling the rest of the band that he had been playing drums since 1983, when in actuality he had only been hitting the skins since Christmas day of 1987. Proof that bullshit can pay off if you have the skills to back it up.
Born in Long Beach, California, on August 26th, 1969, Adrian has been a life-long resident of the area; currently living right down the street from No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont. Being the child of hippies in their prime, Adrian was made well aware of the world of music during his most impressionable years. His early musical interests included The Doors, Hendrix, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, and Bob Marley. These bands were simply what laid the foundation for young Adrian. He would soon discover punk rock and ska and purchase his very first record with his own money…”Road to Ruin” by the Ramones.
Prior to being selected as original drummer Chris Webb’s replacement, Adrian had been with No Doubt almost every step of the way. However, his view had been from the pit and not from the stage…as a fan and not yet a member. Very much into the ska scene during his earliest years of high school, Adrian brought the sound to the band that they had been searching for. Luckily they found someone who was also willing to evolve beyond the rim shots of ska into other waters not yet tested.
From his first days of playing Adrian can recall Deep Purple’s Ian Paice, The Police’s Stewart Copeland, and Rush’s Neil Pert as his most identifiable influences. Only today to be inspired by his contemporaries; Chad Sexton, Chad Smith, and Josh Freese. Aside from spending each waking hour of his life with the band, working on their new album, Adrian has also just recovered from a two week European tour with The Vandals.
In addition to being a musician and a great entertainer, Adrian is also a master of the greens and fairways. A navigator of the links, he makes time at least twice a week to dust off the clubs and hit the golf course. Keep your eyes peeled in the years to come for a celebrity golf match in which Adrian will be attempting to whoop Bill Murray’s ass.
As a Jack of All Trades, Adrian is also well known as a “professional socializer.” If you are ever awarded the true privilege of witnessing Adrian in a group of people consuming beverages that make you feel funny, you will understand exactly what that title means and, more so, why he deserves it. May the party never stop and may he keep us smiling.