The 15 Coolest (and Weirdest) Musician Cameos on TV Shows - Rolling Stone
×
×
Home Music Music Lists

The 15 Coolest (and Weirdest) Musician Cameos on TV Shows

From the concert stage to the small screen: Here are the best and most bizarre musical guest appearances on television

the ramones the simpsons Musician Cameos On TV Shows

The Ramones appeared on an episode of 'The Simpsons.'

Everett Collection

“Every actor wants to be a musician,” Lance Bass once said, “and every musician wants to be an actor.” While the former ‘N Sync member won’t be dropping by the Parks and Recreation season finale on April 24th, plenty of other musicians will: The episode, which revolves around a benefit concert held in Pawnee, will feature cameos by the Decemberists, Ginuwine, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Yo La Tengo (playing a Night Ranger cover band), and Ben Wyatt’s favorite Nineties alt-rockers Letters to Cleo. (Oh, and First Lady Michelle Obama will be making an appearance as well, because why not?)

Rock stars, singer-songwriters and R&B crooners making guest appearances on their favorite sitcoms and teen dramas, however, is nothing new; it’s been a semi-regular occurence since the Seventies. (Remember Rerun bootlegging a Doobie Brothers concert on What’s Happening?) So as we gear up for Parks and Recreation‘s virtual Coachella, here’s a quick look back at some of TV’s best — and most improbable — musician cameos. By Amy Plitt

Newswire

Powered by
Arrow Created with Sketch. Calendar Created with Sketch. Path Created with Sketch. Shape Created with Sketch. Plus Created with Sketch. minus Created with Sketch.