Metal legends star in The Simpsons

Metallica are the lastest stars to join Homer and co

Metallica are to appear in an episode of The Simpsons.

The veteran metal band will star in the premiere edition of the show’s 18th season, which though recorded in September 2005 is not scheduled to be broadcast in the US until September 10 this year.

The band follow in the footsteps of Elvis Costello, the Rolling Stones, U2 and Aerosmith who, among others, have all appeared as animated guest stars.

As previously reported, the White Stripes are also set to appear in a forthcoming episdoe of the cartoon series.