No matter how famous you are, there must be something special to find out that you’re going to be a guest star on one of the most iconic and longest-running television series in history. And according to the Irish Times, when the band U2 were booked to appear on The Simpsons, the band’s guitarist The Edge explained their excitement was because they were fans of the show themselves. The Edge said: “The only thing worth watching on TV right now. We’ve been fans for a long time.” As for U2’s lead singer Bono, the Irish Times went on to explain that the rock star told a reporter, “I’m here to kiss Homer Simpson’s butt.” Ironically, that statement ended there somewhat misleading.
In Season 9 Episode 22 (“Trash of the Titans”), U2 and Bono take the animated stage. But as entertaining as the sequence was, the making of the scene was a little different. In an interview with Virgin Media TV, Yeardley Smith, who voices Lisa Simpson, recalled the show’s music director provoking Bono in a way that turned out to be a little too revealing. She said, “Our music director told Bono I’m not kidding, you’re a bit picky.” That criticism led to a story unto itself as she explained, “Bono turned around and he ripped him off!”
In addition to the full moon drama that unfolded in the recording booth that day, the episode turned out to be one of many classic musical cameos that The Simpsons has amassed. And it’s also worth noting that Bono referenced – in animated form – how his rear end showed during the musical number of the episode “The Garbage Man.”