Through Wed 9/4
The best known connection between rock & roll and pinball is of course, the Who’s 1969 two-disc epic Tommy, the story of the “deaf dumb and blind” pinball wizard.
But throughout the years, many pinball machines have been manufactured themed around music legend as such as Alice Cooper, Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Kiss and Guns N’ Roses. It’s a natural since at one time pinball machines were a fixture in every rock & roll nightclub.
For more than a year, a bunch of these machines have been on view (and playable) at the Rock Hall in Part of the Machine: Rock & Pinball. But you don’t have much time to check the out: the exhibit closes Wed 9/4. And until that day the Rock Hall is setting all the machines for free play (previously you had to purchase tokens to play). So what are you waiting for? Get down there now!
And while you’re there, check out the exhibit Stay Tuned: Rock on TV, which features artifacts relating to rock on television from American Bandstand and The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live and MTV. That closes on Mon 9/9.