Sitcom Characters Who Attend Concerts Of Their Favorite Bands
By Doug Poe
Season 29 of The Simpsons is set to begin next month, extending an already unbelievable run for the animated sitcom about a modern nuclear family. Homer and his family have created a lot of comedy over three decades, especially poking fun at issues ranging from politics to sports to technology to religion.
One of the best characteristics of the show, however, has been its musical connection. Most of the biggest stars in rock history have made appearances on the show, including three of the four members of The Beatles.
One of the bands who accompanied the Fab Four as part of the first British Invasion was involved in one of the most memorable episodes of The Simpsons. In “A Tale of Two Springfields” members of the Who helped bring peace between the town’s citizens when they played a concert in Springfield.
Many other acts made similar appearances, especially on the show when Homer attends rock and roll fantasy camp. He meets Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello, Sting, and several other stars before the weekend camp ends.
Bands such as REM, the Smashing Pumpkins, U2, Greenday, the White Stripes and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have all made it into different episodes, making the series worthy of induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. After all, the show has already been given its own exhibition in the Baseball Hall in Cooprstown because of its inclusion of famous baseball players, so a similar honor should be bestowed in the Hall in northern Ohio.
Although none has come even close to having as many bands featured in its episodes, several other sitcoms have included rock bands in particular shows. In most cases the group is placed in the show because of a concert the regular characters are wanting to attend.
Here are six sitcoms in which a character desires to see a group in concert.
King of Queens
Danny and Spence sneak their way in to see Huey Lewis and the News, hoping to hear classic hits like “I Want a New Drug” and “The Heart of Rock and Roll.”
The Tanners travel to see the Beach Boys, and Jesse even gets to jam with them on stage. Decades later, in real life, John Stamos actually did play a concert with the band.
Stan crashes a concert of Jim James and his band My Morning Jacket in an episode cleverly entitled “My Morning Straitjacket.”
Phoebe finds out that her son Ben is in the same class the son of the lead singer of the Police, Sting. She uses the pretext of discussing their sons’ teacher in an effort to acquire concert tickets for Sting’s upcoming show.
Roger gets two tickets to a Stevie Wonder concert, but he cannot decide which of his friends to take with him in an episode called “The Tickets.”
Justin Bieber is coming to town and Frankie helps Sue get tickets, but poor Brick is too embarrassed to attend.
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