Friday, August 29, 2014

The 10 Best Rock & Roll Pinball Tables

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 4:55 AM

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I am a devoted video-game fan and a constant cheerleader for them to be considered art, but honestly I would give up most of the compelling stories and high-definition graphics in the world for simple pinball machines. They're crafted and mechanical, and when built with a loving hand they can turn almost anything into a game of skill while simultaneously paying homage.

They're like themed slot machines, but with less crying...usually.

Today we look at some tables based on our favorite musicians.

10. The Who Yes, yes, let's just get it out of the way. The Who has actually had two different tables dedicated to it, both of them in reference to Tommy. The first was a Bally table put out to coincide with the 1975 film version of the album. The second was made by Data East in 1994 to help promote the stage version of Tommy. A prototype of one of these actually appeared in the 1993 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

9. The Beatles One of the oldest rock & roll tables is the Beat Time table from 1966. It was originally put together with the band's name spelled as "The Bootles," pending final approval of use of the name, but 1967 models and later have the proper name and more accurate likenesses of the group.

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8. Ted Nugent Back before he was a professional conservative annoyance, Ted Nugent actually did put out some pretty good music. In 1978, riding on the success of Cat Scratch Fever, Sterns Electronics put out a pretty damned good table.

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7. AC/DC There's been a nostalgic pinball rush over the last several years, and among the bands to get pinball tables for the first time is AC/DC.

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6. The Rolling Stones Sure, there's the 2011 Sterns table, but like the Stones themselves it's not really relevant anymore. What you want to find is the 1980 Bally table from back when the Stones were really something to see. The Sterns table just reminds you that sometimes acts go on way longer than they need to. Speaking of....

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