Jon Bon Jovi to Induct Southside Johnny into the NJ Hall of Fame

The secret is out: Jon Bon Jovi will be on hand Sunday (Oct. 27) to induct Southside Johnny Lyon into the New Jersey Hall of Fame at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, he confirmed to

Lyon asked the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer–who was inducted into the NJ Hall of Fame in 2009–to do the honors, and he accepted. Bon Jovi has often cited Lyon as an influence, and even performed as an honorary Juke, appearing with the band at a show at the Fastlane in the ’90s.

When the Neptune native asked Bon Jovi for a few tips about the ceremony, his advice was simple.

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“Just go up and say ‘thank you’ and then we’ll go out and eat,” Bon Jovi told him.

This summer, the shore has seen plenty of activity from Lyon, He performed at the 1071 The Boss Summer Bash July 6 at the Stone Pony Summer Stage (with a special appearance by Bruce Springsteen) and again at the premiere for “Blinded By the Light” after party (again with Springsteen) in August.

Other inductees include musician The Smithereens, author and television personality Martha Stewart, “Game of Thrones” novelist George R.R. Martin, former Giants athletes Bart Oates and Harry Carson, gymnast Laurie Hernandez,  “Seinfeld” co-star Jason Alexander and local restaurateur Tim McLoone.  Additionally, Cape May’s Joseph and Anne Salvatore, renowned for their work in preserving New Jersey’s historic and architectural heritage, will be honored at the NJ Hall of Fame’s Unsung Heroes for 2019.