‘The Simpsons’ inspires Cypress Hill and London Symphony Orchestra performance

‘The Simpsons’ inspires Cypress Hill and London Symphony Orchestra performance

LONDON — A joke made on the television show “The Simpsons” nearly 30 years ago will come true in London on Wednesday night.

For the first time ever, US hip-hop collective Cypress Hill will perform at the Royal Albert Hall with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) in a one-off event.

The collaboration first appeared in cartoon form in a 1996 episode of “The Simpsons” titled “Homerpalooza.” The episode features hapless patriarch Homer attempting to impress his children by attending the fictional “Hullabalooza” music festival with guests including Cypress Hill.

One scene in the cartoon shows a backstage assistant telling a room full of musicians: “Someone asked for the London Symphony Orchestra. Possibly while high? Cypress Hill—I’m looking your way.” The band sheepishly admits that it was probably them, and the British orchestra then begins playing classical music to accompany the band’s hip-hop tones as Marge nods in agreement, stating, “Now I like that.”

After Years of fan pressure to turn the fictional moment into reality is finally happening.

Cypress Hill will perform hits from their “revered Black Sunday album, as well as other hits from their extensive catalog,” according to the event’s official website.

“After years of fans waiting for such a collaboration to become a reality, Cypress Hill reached out to the LSO on social media and history will finally be made!” he said.

The classical orchestra will be conducted by Troy Miller and will perform “unique orchestral arrangements” of the group’s hits, including “Insane in the Brain” and “I Wanna Get High.”

Band member B-Real tweeted a fake “Simpsons” poster for the July 10 event with the caption: “When life imitates art!!”

California rap group Cypress Hill, which features members B-Real, Sen Dog, DJ Muggs and Bobo, found prominent fame in the 1990s with its magnum opus LP “Black Sunday.” It has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide, according to its website, earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and received three Grammy nominations.

The band told ITV London News this week in an interview that fan frenzy following the Simpsons episode had “infected us.”

“It immortalized us in the ‘Simpsons’ universe… and that was an honor in itself,” B-Real said. He called the collaboration a “bridge.”

“It shows the adaptability of hip-hop, which is made from all forms of music, that it can actually be recreated by the oldest form of music and released,” he added, referring to classical music.

Maxine Kwok, the orchestra’s first violinist, told BBC radio: “I’m a huge fan of ‘The Simpsons’… I remember the episode well.”

Each time the episode was shown as a repeat in the United States or the United Kingdom, it created new pressure on social media for the LSO to collaborate with the band, Kwok said.

The orchestra has been seriously considering it since 2017, she added, but now “it can finally actually happen … and people are beyond excited,” Kwok said. She joked that the concert would be “insane,” improvising her popular song “Insane in the Brain.”

“The Simpsons” has gained a reputation for predicting, or creating, real-life events.

In an episode that aired in 2000, Lisa Simpson becomes President of the United States and states, “We inherited a major budget crisis from President Trump,” predicting a Donald Trump presidency 17 years ahead of time. The show also depicted a U.S. victory over Sweden in a curling episode at the 2010 Winter Olympics, something that happened in real life in 2018 at the PyeongChang Games in South Korea, when the U.S. men’s curling team won gold for the first time in Olympic history.