What do Lady Gaga, Green Day, and The Who all have in common? Well, besides a 2013 tour, they also share the distinction of being brought to life in cartoon form via The Simpsons. It may come as a surprise, but the origin of television’s longest-running American primetime, scripted show dates all the way back to 1989. With over 500 episodes produced in that time, the number of guest stars to have passed through Springfield has certainly added up over the years, so we decided to compile a list of pictures and clips displaying our favorite animated musicians to have entered the unique universe of all your favorite Simpsons characters.
Aerosmith Of all the guest stars on The Simpsons, and there have been many across all entertainment avenues, only Aerosmith holds the distinction of being the very first band to appear on the show, popping up in the 1991 episode, “Flaming Moe’s.” (Photo courtesy of Simpsons Wiki)
Lady Gaga Appearing a bit more recently was guest star, Lady Gaga, who was featured in the season 23 finale, “Lisa Goes Gaga” in May 2012. The resident Mother Monster can be experienced live in person this year at the 2013 Born This Way Ball with Lady Gaga tickets on sale now.
Bon Jovi The band is on the long list of guest stars fans would love to see visit Springfield. Even though that’s yet to happen, we were able to track down what Bon Jovi and company would look like with The Simpsons treatment, courtesy of DeviantArt.com. Catch the ageless rockers on the 2013 Because We Can Tour this summer with our stock of affordable Bon Jovi tickets. (Photo courtesy of Deviant Art)
Rolling Stones It’s been 50 years for the Rolling Stones, who show no signs of stopping any time soon. Fans continue to remain on the edge of their seats in the hopes of word on a 2013 tour, but for now, enjoy Mick Jagger and Keith Richards dropping in on Homer and friends.
The Who Unlike the Stones, you can count on seeing these British rockers, pictured below with Homer Simpson in the 2000 episode, “A Tale of Two Springfields,” in concert as they wrap up the tail end of the Quadrophenia Tour that began last year. The Who tickets are available now for dates extending through February. (Photo courtesy of Simpsons Wiki)
Green Day The punk rockers are back out on the road in support of their trio of new albums, ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré! Not only did Billie Joe Armstrong and the gang get to perform for the residents of Springfield, they also got to put their own spin on the instantly recognizable theme song, which can be heard in the video below. Also be sure to get your Green Day tickets for one of the band’s upcoming dates.
U2 There are rumors aplenty regarding a forthcoming U2 album and tour. The band has all but confirmed work on a new record, which will likely signal another worldwide trek of must-see shows in first-class venues all over the globe. Shortly after the conclusion of their PopMart Tour in 1998, U2 made its Simpsons debut via the 200th episode, “Trash of the Titans.” (Photo courtesy of Simpsons Wiki)
The Beatles As one of the most referenced bands on The Simpsons (http://www.snpp.com/guides/beatles.refs.html), it was only a matter of time before John, Paul, George, and Ringo made their way to the fictional town. The Beatles first appeared as a band during a dream sequence in 1993’s “Last Exit to Springfield,” which has been considered by many to be one of the best episodes ever for the series. Each individual member has appeared separately as well. (Photo courtesy of Simpsons Wiki)
Coldplay What else is Homer to do when he wins a million dollars in the lottery than spend it all immediately? To help take some of the cash off his hands, Chris Martin and Coldplay accept Homer’s offer to perform a private show for Bart in the episode “Million Dollar Maybe” from the 21st season of the series. (Photo courtesy of Simpsons Wiki)
Michael Jackson Last but not least is the King of Pop, who did not appear as himself in his first appearance on The Simpsons, but still produced one of the show’s most memorable guest spots ever thanks to his birthday serenade to Miss Lisa Simpson.
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