Young's parents were hippies. He has four
brothers: Alex, Damian, Jeff and Aaron. His father is a teacher in
Cypress, CA and his stepmother, Jeanne, is currently suffering from ALS.
Young is actively involved in raising money and awareness for the ALS
Association of Orange County.
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 eight years.
Young is known among fans for his
affinity for wearing a thong, tutu, or naked with a mohawk during
performances. He wears clown-type makeup onstage and can often be seen
shirtless and in his thong in the band's music videos. He is known as
the jokester of the band and has been long considered the comic relief.
When not performing, in the studio or
touring, Young likes to spend his time out on the golf course as he is
an avid golf player. He is a scratch golfer who is a much desired
participant in celebrity golf tournaments such as the Michael Jordan
Invitational, Alice Cooper Foundation Tournament and others. Young has
participated in VH-1's Fairway to Heaven numerous times.