Pinball has crossed paths with rock and roll on many occasions, with the music genre being the theme for many pinball machines. This close relationship is now being celebrated with a new exhibition at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
From July 11, the Hall of Fame’s main exhibit hall will feature an exhibit called Part of the Machine: Rock & Pinball. The exhibition includes playable pinball machines, all of which have a rock and roll theme.
The pinball machines on show include those based on famous artists like Guns 'n' Roses, Elvis, KISS, Alice Cooper, The Who, Elton John, and Dolly Parton.
Karen Herman, Vice President of Collections and Curatorial Affairs at the Rock & Pinball exhibition, said the event was inevitable given how much pinball and rock and roll have in common. she describes them both as "loud, colorful and rebellious".
She said: “A number of artists and bands have been immortalized in pinball games.”
Play for Free
This is more than an exhibition you observe, however, as you can also play the pinball machines on show. In fact, you can play for free as you get complimentary tokens with your admission ticket.
Then, once you have used your complimentary tokens, you can purchase more.
This could be a good idea as there is also a leaderboard for those attending the exhibition. You simply need to tweet your highest score with the hashtag #pinballwizard. The hashtag is a reference to the song Pinball Wizard which appeared on The Who’s 1969 album Tommy.
The Rock & Pinball exhibition also features rock and roll memorabilia. This includes
: • The drum set used by the KISS drummer Peter Criss
• A dress worn by Dolly Parton that became the inspiration for the back glass on the Dolly Parton pinball machine
• The acoustic guitar that Peter Townshend of The Who used when he was composing the song Pinball Wizard
• An electric chair that was used as a stage prop on Alice Cooper's 1971 tour
• The Little Electric Chair, a piece by Andy Warhol
Don’t worry if you can’t make it to Cleveland to see the Rock & Pinball exhibition, though, as you can own your own full-size pinball machine. Check out the range we have available today.