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The 23 Best 'Simpsons' Musician Cameos

by AOL Music Staff, posted Oct 15th 2011 3:00PM
When we heard 'The Simpsons' was on the verge of cancellation, we started reminiscing about all the rockers and rappers that have appeared on the show throughout its 23-season existence. With that in mind, we decided to compile this list of our favorite musician cameos, and here's hoping to many more now that the show has been renewed.

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The Villains of 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' Invade 'Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 19th 2011 3:57AM
'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' - 'Late Show with David Letterman'After an infamous series of challenges and difficulties, the Broadway production of 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' has been selling quite well since its premiere last month. Perhaps to keep people excited about it, and try to brush away some of that early bad press, the villains joined U2's Bono and the Edge, who wrote the music, on 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS).

The cast performed a number that featured the Green Goblin, and ultimately had him introducing the myriad other Spider-Man villains that fill out the stage show. In the theatrical production, these villains were created by the Goblin, because that's far simpler than some of their true origins.

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'American Idol' Finale: Carrie Underwood and George Strait Picked the Songs, Bono and the Edge to Perform

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 24th 2011 6:40AM
Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreeryLauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery will take to the stage tonight for the all-country 'American Idol' finale. And it's been announced that a previous 'Idol' winner and a Country Music Hall of Famer will both have a hand in it.

Plus, veteran Irish rockers Bono and the Edge will take time out of their North American tour to perform on the results show Wednesday night with cast members from the Broadway musical, 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.'

According to 'USA Today,' Lauren and Scotty will each perform one song chosen for them by their personal musical hero. Specific details haven't been released yet, but we do know that Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood chose one for Lauren, and that the legendary George Strait picked out Scotty's.

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Brian Williams on Tiger coverage, his funny self, and what's on his iPod

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 17th 2009 2:03PM
Brian WilliamsWhen NBC was promoting Brian Williams' fifth anniversary as anchor of the NBC Nightly News, I figured it was a good opportunity to ask him a few questions. After all, with two wars, a lousy economy, the health care debate, and Tiger Woods, there's lots of news going on right now.

And, in such a relatively short period of time, the news landscape has changed on both the broadcast and the cable fronts, including the fact that on Monday, when Diane Sawyer takes over ABC's World News, he'll be the only male evening news anchor left.

Williams (or as he's been called lately, BriWi) was nice enough to answer some questions via e-mail about his new competition and how he lets his famous sense of humor come through during a serious newscast. Finally, he gives me some insight into what he's listening to right now (if you've seen previous interviews with him, he leans more towards the college radio side).

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Saturday Night Live: Megan Fox/U2 (season premiere)

by Annie Wu, posted Sep 27th 2009 3:03AM
jenny_slate(S35E01) Alternate title for this post: "New girl's f-bomb overshadows Megan Fox's slammin' bod."

Yes, Saturday Night Live new girl Jenny Slate's f-bomb was the most thrilling part of the show's otherwise bland 35th season premiere. It's not like we've never heard that word before, and it's not like accidental verbal naughtiness has never happened on SNL (I still distinctly remember my extra-young self watching Cheri Oteri cringing as she contributed to the swear jar), but the pain still felt fresh with hot embarrassment.

This was partially due to the fact that it's just a generally bad thing to have happen on a player's first show (and in such a mediocre sketch, at that) but mostly because of this face that she made after she caught her boo-boo. Twitter exploded with people's camera phone pics of this one moment.

Jenny Slate, welcome to the big time.

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U2 reportedly to join Megan Fox for the SNL season premiere

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 4th 2009 2:32PM
U2 - It looks like Megan Fox hosting the season premiere of Saturday Night Live is all but officially confirmed by the folks behind the show. And now we've gotten word that U2 will be the first musical guest for the new season of SNL. They're in the midst of their U2 360 world tour promoting their latest album, No Line on the Horizon.

I don't know if U2 has the same kind of pull on the kids today as they have had on my generation through the years, but in my eyes this is a pretty significant "get" for one of NBC's marquee shows.

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Don Imus Signs With Fox Business Network & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Sep 4th 2009 11:18AM
Don Imus Fox Business NewsDon Imus lands a multiyear deal with Fox Business News, U2 books 'SNL''s season premiere, Bella Thorne joins 'Big Love' and more of today's top TV headlines.

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David Cross covers Bank of America song -- VIDEO

by Anna Johns, posted Nov 21st 2006 8:14AM
david cross; johnny marr; bank of america; u2; oneDavid Cross has gone and mocked that Bank of America singer who made the rounds on the internet recently. Cross did it in the best possible way: by singing it straight. He basically does the same cover of the U2 song, One, that a Bank of America employee repurposed to celebrate the merger of Bank of America and MBNA.

The video is from last week during the "Hot Tub" show at Comix in NYC. Accompanying him on guitar was Johnny Marr, of The Smiths. Cross has a surprisingly good singing voice!

Video after the jump (there's another angle of it here):

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Conan's U2 episode re-airs tonight

by Adam Finley, posted May 22nd 2006 6:13PM

U2If you're a fan of U2 and are kicking yourself for missing them perform not one but three songs when Late Night with Conan O'Brien dedicated an entire episode to them in October, you can catch a repeat of the episode this evening. This was the first time Conan dedicated an entire show to one musical guest, but others followed, including the White Stripes and Neil Young.

[via Pop Candy]

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Kiefer Sutherland's playlist on iTunes

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 15th 2006 7:23PM
kiefer sutherland playlist itunesKiefer Sutherland has an interesting playlist up on iTunes. While most artists include songs that inspire them, he is using his playlist as a platform to promote bands that use his L.A. recording studio, called Ironworks. The studio is kinda nifty, because it holds all 28 Gibson guitars that Kiefer has collected over the years, and they are available for use by the bands.

While some people may consider his playlist shameless self promotion, I think it's a great way to learn about new music. Maybe that's because I happen to like the little snippets that I heard. Plus, he has also included some well-known performers such as Marvin Gaye, U2, and Sarah McLachlan.

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Kelly Clarkson wins 2 Grammys and so do some other people

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 9th 2006 8:01AM
kelly clarkson grammyWhat a night for Kelly Clarkson! She cried when she beat out Gwen Stefani, Sheryl Crow, Mariah Carey, and Bonnie Raitt for best female pop performance for her very awesome Since U Been Gone rock hit. Less than an hour later, she nearly broke down as she sang Because of You. Later in the night, Kelly won her second grammy for best pop vocal album for Breakaway, an album that was very close to her heart. She wrote or co-wrote half the songs on the album and divorced her management company over control of the album. Neither of her acceptance speeches mentioned her win on American Idol. That's a tough call. She obviously wouldn't be where she is if it weren't for Idol, but at the same time, she legitimized herself as a true talent this year when she distanced herself from the competition.

Other winners:

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