August 26, 2012 10:40

Tom Waits to appear in 'The Simpsons'

Singer will play himself in an intriguing storyline involving Simpson patriarch Homer

Tom Waits to appear in 'The Simpsons'

Photo: Press

Tom Waits is to make a guest appearance on The Simpsons.

The singer will play himself in an episode about the survivalism movement whereby people make active preparations for potential global disasters. During the episode, Waits introduces Simpson patriarch Homer to a group of committed "preppers".

Executive producer Al Jean described the plot as "Homer becomes a prepper", telling TVLine: "We did a lot of research into the 'prepper' phenomenon, where people are convinced that some horrible catastrophe – like an electromagnetic pulse – is going to occur, and that people will have to survive without the grid.”

Jean also revealed that Waits does not sing in the episode, but said that fans will recognise his distinctive voice "in a second". The episode will air in December (2012) as part of the show's upcoming 24th season.

Last week (August 22), Justin Bieber also revealed that he will cameo during the new season of The Simpsons. Other confirmed guest stars for season 24 include Sherlock actor Beneditch Cumberbatch, Steve Carell from The Office, and Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen.

Waits released his 17th studio album, 'Bad As Me', last October (2011). His next screen appearance will come in Seven Psychopaths, a black comedy film starring Colin Farrell that is scheduled for release this October (2012). He is rumoured to be voicing the character of Gepetto in a new animated movie version of Pinocchio.

Read More On This Artist

Tom Waits Merchandise
More News
Radiohead's Philip Selway unveils sci-fi video for first track from new solo album
Jenny Lewis launches her own wine
The Gaslight Anthem perform for gym team in 'Rollin' And Tumblin'' video - watch
Arcade Fire cover Creedence Clearwater Revival live - watch
The Cribs reveal Ric Ocasek of The Cars will produce their new album
Damon Albarn and The Courteeners - tickets on sale 9am Friday (August 1)
The Libertines say they 'rehearsed for one hour' before Hyde Park gig in London
Lorde to curate 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1' soundtrack
Brian Eno compares Israel to 'the Klan' in strongly-worded letter about...
Noel Gallagher's daughter asks owners of Oasis-inspired dog kennel to stop breeding pedigrees
Lily Allen says Miley Cyrus' live show is 'up there with Oasis or the Stone Roses'
Alice Cooper and Kiss pay tribute to late Lou Reed guitarist Dick Wagner
Ariel Pink recalls time he was maced in the face by 'a feminist'
BBC 6 Music overtakes Radio 3 for first time as 1Xtra falls below a million listeners
Justin Bieber posts picture of Orlando Bloom crying after Ibiza fight reports
Neon Jungle 'no comment' over claims they covered Banks song without artist's...
Lostprophets members could have been 'groomed' by Ian Watkins, says child abuse expert
Alt-Fest organisers are 'dealing with extremely challenging issues' amid cancellation...
Jamie T unveils five new songs on UK comeback tour
Foxygen announce 24-track new album, promising 'a gaggle of guest stars'
Kylie Minogue, Lulu and Deacon Blue to perform at Commonwealth Games closing ceremony
Beastie Boys' Mike D: 'Grunge was a death sentence to the rock that preceded it'

More News


Please login to add your comment.

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
Know Your NME

NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today