Howard Sten turned 60 on Jan. 12, and to celebrate he threw a huge birthday bash at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom Friday night (Jan. 31), where he was serenaded by such performers at Dave Grohl, Steven Tyler, Jon Bon Jovi, Adam Levine and others, Billboard reports.
The four-hour party, organized in conjunction with Stern’s longtime employer, satellite radio company Sirius XM, was emceed by Jimmy Kimmel, who joked that Stern had evolved “from monster to man.” Rock group Train served as the evening’s house band. Actor George Takei (“Star Trek”) offered a welcome to the crowd, and “Survivor” host Jeff Probst served as a roving reporter.
Other performers—a mix of musicians and comedians—included Rob Zombie, the Black Keys, Joan Rivers, David Letterman, John Mayer, Louis C.K., Whoopi Goldberg, Jimmy Fallon, John Fogerty, Seth Myers, Jewel, Rosie O’Donnell, Maria Menounos, Slash, Sarah Silverman and the Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines.
As Billboard reports, “The festivities were broadcast live on SiriusXM, and streamed on SiriusXM.com for free, with the crowd of approximately 1,500 a mix of SiriusXM subscribers who won their way in by listening; household-name entertainers; and members of Stern's ‘Wack Pack,’ his loyal band of social misfits that have long made for fodder on his show.”
Also in attendance at the party were Barbara Walters, Larry King, Johnny Knoxville, Tracy Morgan, David Spade, “Comedy Central’s” Jeff Ross, Robert Downey Jr., Kathie Lee Gifford, Lena Dunham, Fred Armisen, Kathy Griffin, Katie Couric, actor Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), John Stamos, actress Mary McCormack, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Cyndi Lauper, Tom Arnold, Zach Braff and Jenny McCarthy.
Offering pre-recorded video tributes to Stern were Paul McCartney, Ellen DeGeneres, Jerry Seinfeld, NBC’s Matt Lauer and Al Roker, the Beach Boys, Neil Young, Metallica’s James Hetfield and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Near the end, Stern said, “"At 60, I feel I'm just getting started. To my fans, you made a dream come true. You're the reason I'm here."