JACKSON TOWNSHIP - New Jersey drummer Vini Lopez says he was part of one of the most legendary rock and roll bands of all time...only to be kicked out right before the group shot to super stardom.
Lopez was the drummer on Bruce Springsteen's first two albums, "The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle" and "Greetings From Asbury Park, New Jersey." Both were released in 1973. Lopez was then fired from the E Street Band.
When album No. 3 came out, Lopez wasn't on it. He got into an argument with a manager over money, and his life took a turn.
Lopez says Springsteen himself fired him from the band. "Born To Run" came out just two years later, making Springsteen a major star.
But Lopez says he has no regrets. "Cause that's not me," he says. "If something is going on, I'm going to say something."
Lopez continues performing mostly in local clubs, much different than the giant venues filled by the band that he started.
Now, Lopez's life has taken another surprising turn. He'll be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the rest of the E Street Band when they are inducted at the Barclays Center on April 10.
He expects to be reunited with the band when they perform there with Bruce Springsteen.