Tom Waits to Appear on 'The Simpsons'

Musician will play himself as a survivalist

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Tom Waits performs at the 26th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in New York City.
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Tom Waits is set to make a guest appearance this fall on an episode of The Simpsons, TV Line reports. The gravel-voiced singer will play himself as a survivalist who introduces Homer Simpson to a community of "preppers" preparing to live off the grid in anticipation of a disaster. The episode, titled "Homer Goes to Prep School" will air some time in December.

Judging by the plot, the episode might make an interesting companion to the apocalyptic video for "Hell Broke Luce" that Waits released at the beginning of August.

By lending his voice to The Simpsons, Waits is joining an impressive roster of stars that the cartoon has nabbed for its 24th season. Justin Beiber announced last week that he will be making a cameo on the show in an episode called "The Fabulous Faker Boy," and Zoey Deschanel, Natalie Portman, Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen have also signed on.