Bruce Springsteen made a surprise appearance Sunday night at Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, New Jersey to induct his longtime friend and bandmate, Steve Van Zandt, into the New Jersey Hall of Fame.
"One look at Steve and I knew we both drank the same Kool-Aid," said Springsteen. "Steve is one of the greatest living white soul performers we have. The sole creator of the male babushka. The only man I know besides Hugh Hefner who has figured out how to spend his whole life in his pajamas. Though born in Boston, Massachusetts, there is no purer distillation of the Jersey ethos than Little Stevie Van Zandt.”
In accepting his honor, Van Zandt said, "We were lucky to grow up when we did... We did the impossible. We made New Jersey hip."
Afterwards, Van Zandt and Springsteen performed "I Don't Want to Go Home," which Van Zandt wrote for Southside Johnny's first album.
Other musicians inducted Sunday night were The Four Seasons, Gloria Gaynor and Blondie's Deborah Harry.