*In The Beginning, there was Mad Dog Vini Lopez...
One of the original Creators of the "Sound of Asbury Park," Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez was the original Drummer for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. His unique style on albums such as "Greetings from Asbury Park" and "The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle" has influenced generations of musicians around the world.
Songs such as "Rosalita," "Spirits in the Night," "Growin' Up" and "Blinded By the Light" are considered American Rock and Roll Classics, earning Vini and his fellow E Street Band members induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014 (*Above is the quote from Springsteen introducing the Band at this historic event).Click HERE for the Rolling Stone Article describing this Historic Ceremony.
Born and raised in Neptune, NJ (in the same Hospital as fellow Jersey Shore luminaries Jack Nicholson and Danny Devito), Vini played various instruments throughout high school, finally settling on drums. He gravitated toward the local collective of Musicians who began to inhabit the famous Upstage Club in Asbury Park, a mostly after hours joint that served coffee to music fans until the wee hours of the Shore mornings.
The players at the Upstage Club were continuously reorganizing into new bands, and it's here that Vini met fellow Asbury icons such as Southside Johnny, Gary Tallent, Danny Federici, Steve Van Zandt and a very impressive singer/songwriter named Bruce Springsteen. Various bands formed around the talented Upstage regulars, including Bruce Springsteen and The Friendly Enemies, Dr Zoom and The Sonic Boom, and the Bruce Springsteen Band.
The E Street Band
In 1972, Springsteen secured a record contract and recruited from the Upstage Club's best pool of players to form The E Street Band.
In that same year, Bruce, Vini, David Sancious, Steve Van Zandt, Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons recorded and released Greetings From Asbury Park (along with guest appearances from other locals such as Richie Blakcwell), an album now considered one of the best "first albums" ever by a Rock and Roll Band.
Dawg Whistle premiered at the January 2015 Light of Day Paramount show, alongside other notable Jersey Shore acts as Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny, Richie "La Bamba" Rosenberg and Bobby Bandiera. Their all-orginal set was well received by the audience and critics alike. Dawg Whistle has also been featured at other regional shows, and is considering a European Tour in 2016.
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