The 10 Best Musician-Based Pinball Tables

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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 the simple pinball machines. They're crafted and mechanical, and when done with a loving hand can turn almost anything into a game of skill that homages your favorite pop-culture icon.

It's like themed slot machines, but with less crying...usually.

Today we look at some of the tables that have been based on our favorite musicians.


10. The Who
Yes, yes, let's just get it out of the way. The Who have actually had two different tables dedicated to them, both of them dedicated 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 and 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. Best thing for Houston pinball fans, there's a beautifully maintained one to try out over at Joystix. They also have...


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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. There are actually two of them at Joystix, but the premium has a moving diorama of the band that makes it the most fun.


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6. The Rolling Stones
Joystix has 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.


5. Metallica
There are three different Metallica tables at Joystix, although why anyone at this point in their life would need to have three different versions of 21st century Metallica to choose from in a game setting I will never know. Try out the Master of Puppets table. It's the one that makes you least feel like a douchebag for playing it.


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