Last night was our last concert of the summer at the Hollywood Bowl – The Simpsons Take The Bowl, Celebrating 25 years of the Simpsons. It was SO much fun (well, once we got through the One Direction traffic. I forgot they were playing at the Rose Bowl and that was kind of a nightmare).
Anyway, my husband is out of town (country), so my parents came along in his place, and we met our friends Eric and Mona, who we haven’t seen in FAR too long. It was a great night!
The Bowl was decorated all festive-like for the Simpsons.
It started with inflatable donuts.
My son, posing with the only clown he’s okay with. :)
The show itself was fantastic! Here are some highlights.
The first chair, along with a few other musicians, wore Marge wigs.
They animated an entire sequence of the Simpsons parking, walking to the Bowl, and heading to their seats.
They made their way through each section, with the kids asking, “Are we there yet?” (or something similar) with Homer becoming increasingly frustrated.
This looks like our section. :)
I suppose it was very Meta.
Hank Azaria was one of the hosts, and he was hilarious. He sang in the voice of Chief Wiggum singing various songs, including “Let It Go.”
They brought out the Kwik-E-Mart for “Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart?”
There were several couch gags by other directors/animators, such as Sylvain Chomet
Banksy, and even Guillermo del Toro, as well as a live-action version. All have been shown on various episodes, but we had never seen them.
Yeardley Smith (Lisa) told a story of Michael Jackson when he was on the season 3 premiere. Although it was his speaking voice, it wasn’t his singing voice. The song, “Lisa, It’s Your Birthday” was sung by Kipp Lennon, and he and Nancy Cartwright (Bart) sang it live. One thing they did that I don’t remember ever seeing before is animation ON the actual bandshell.
A family favorite of ours, Weird Al, came out to sing “Homer and Marge” – a parody of “Jack and Diane.” He ended with an accordion solo which morphed into the Simpsons theme song.The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles was there to sing “Spider Pig,” “The Stonecutter’s Song” (I got lucky with this photo)
and as an encore, Nancy Cartwright (with the help of everyone else there) sang “The Bartman” which was written by Michael Jackson.It was a great night, and a great way to end our season at the Bowl. The only things that would have made it better were if my husband, Harry Shearer, and Sideshow Bob were there.
See you next summer, HB!