The Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan will turn into the Hammer-stern Ballroom on Jan. 31 when SiriusXM satellite radio throws its most valuable commodity -- Howard Stern -- a 60th birthday party.
"We are having a birthday blowout bash like the country has never seen before," said Stern, who grew up in Roosevelt. "We are finally one step closer to making my birthday the national holiday it deserves to be."
The show will be broadcast Friday evening on Stern's Sirius channel, Howard 100, and will run "anywhere from two and a half to 4 hours." Hosted by late-night star and Stern's buddy Jimmy Kimmel, the program will feature A-list celebrities such as Louis C.K. and David Letterman along with performances by Jon Bon Jovi, John Fogerty and Steven Tyler. The rest of the guest list is secret.
"I'm honored and moved by the list of people who have already signed on," Stern told his listeners. "I want this night to be special and fun."
Tickets are free but not easily obtained. Stern has been giving them away on the air via games plus online sweepstakes and a charity auction. He described the crowd as being filled with "celebrities, bigwigs and fans."
This birthday bash is a bit of a throwback. The King of All Media became known for these on-air celebrations back in the '90s and early 2000s, when he was on K-Rock (92.3 FM) terrestrial radio. In the past, Stern's birthday shows were filled with Wack Packers such as Beetlejuice, Crackhead Bob and High Pitch Eric, but as he became more famous, so did his friends.
For his 44th birthday show at the Hammerstein Ballroom, David Bowie performed "Fame" for Stern. In 2000, for his 46th birthday at Roseland Ballroom, Kid Rock and Sugar Ray honored him along with William Shatner and then-New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
However, don't remind the bad boy of radio how old he is.
"We are not mentioning my age," Stern said on the air. "We almost refer to the show as a tribute show rather than a birthday show. It's not my 30th."