Vincent "Vini" "Mad Dog" Lopez (b. January 22, 1949) is an American drummer. Between 1968 and 1974, Lopez backed Bruce Springsteen in several bands including Steel Mill and the E Street Band. He also played on Springsteen's first two albums, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. and The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle. After leaving the E Street Band, Lopez went on to play drums with numerous Jersey Shore bands, including The Lord Gunner Group. Since 2004, he has led his own group, Steel Mill Retro, which has performed and recorded original Springsteen songs from the Steel Mill era; as well as serves as mentor to emerging artists such as The Ries Brothers. As of August 2008, Lopez lives in Jackson Township, New Jersey, with his daughter, Liz, who is an accountant. His wife, Laurel, died in 2004. Away from his music career, Lopez has worked as a golf caddy.
In April 2014, Lopez was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the E Street Band.
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