Little Steven's Underground Garage, a radio show hosted by Steven Van Zandt that features interviews and performances by prominent figures from rock 'n' roll history and pop culture, premiered almost 10 years ago on April 7, 2002. Five hundred episodes later, the show still draws 1.2 million listeners on a regular basis, making it the most successful rock music radio program of the past 30 years.
The show held a special celebration for the 500th episode by broadcasting live at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square. Little Steven, as Van Zandt is referred to by his fans, interviewed Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Blondie's Debbie Harry, actor Steve Buscemi of Boardwalk Empire and Sopranos fame, and others.
The surprise moment of the night belonged to a current pop culture icon, when Lady Gaga's parents (and Bruce Springsteen fans) Joe and Cynthia Germanotta arrived with a cake for Van Zandt to celebrate his milestone show. Lady Gaga had recently won an auction to dine with Van Zandt at Parma, a restaurant where the then-budding star, working as a waitress, served gnocchi to the E Street Band legend.