1976 Bally Captain Fantastic Pinball

Some of Your Favorite Classic Rock Bands Have a Pinball Game

Pinball came out in the 1930s and right from the beginning it was labeled as trouble. Pinball was at one time, from the 1940s till 1976,s banned as illegal gambling. Arcades were all the rage in the 70s. Around here they were in every roller rink like Motor City Roller rink, to arcades like Walkers Pinball Palace and the Van Dyke Butterfly Sports center. 

My love for pinball started very young as my neighbor across the street had a game in his garage. The bells and lights drew me to the game and I was hooked. In 1976 Pinball got a big boost from the band, “The Who.” Not only that but a hit song to go with it. Pinball Wizard, gave way to a pinball game based on the movie with Roger Daltrey and Elton John. The pinball game was Captain Fantastic by an American pinball company, Bally Manufacturing.

In later years, Pinball games have had their ups and downs, but like rock and roll, have never died! Many bands and artists have been immortalized forever with their own pinball game machines. Rock guitar god, “Slash,” even helped to design a new Guns and Roses pinball game. The list is getting long on rock and roll-themed pins.

  1. Foo Fighters
  2. Elvis
  3. The Who
  4. Iron Maiden
  5. Ac/Dc
  6. Metallica
  7. Nugent
  8. Alice Cooper
  9. Rush
  10. The Beatles
  11. Led Zeppelin
  12. Guns & Roses (2)
  13. The Rolling Stones (2)
  14. Kiss (2)
  15. Rob Zombie
  16. Primus
  17. Elton John
  18. Dolly Parton

More Rock and roll-themed pinballs are being planned. Cheap Trick would be one of the pinball games I would like to see in the future.

Some of Your Favorite Classic Rock Bands Have a Pinball Game. Here is a list of my personal favorites.

  • 2012 AC/DC Stern

    Classic Rock Bands Pinball

    2012 AC/DC Pinball

    Great fun game with an awesome playlist of AC/DC songs to keep you rocking for hours

  • 1979 KISS - Bally


    1979 Bally KISS Pinball

    17,000 KISS pinball games were made of the original game. Later in 2015, Stern made an updated version. If you have one of the original games hold on to it as it’s going up in price now that the band is allegedly on their final tour.

  • Aerosmith 2017 Pinball by Stern



    Aerosmith 2017 Pinball by Stern

    With an MSRP when new: $8,999.00  Aerosmith keeps fans entertained with drum sounds, toys in the attic multi-ball, and a soundtrack of classic Aerosmith.  

  • Captain Fantastic - 1976 Bally


    1976 Captain Fantastic by Bally

    Remember first playing this at the Van Dyke Sports Center in Warren, MI. Loved the old-style bells and it is a bit slow by today’s standards. The artwork is so interesting with secret drawings hidden throughout the game.

  • Nugent - Stern 1976


    1978 Nugent Pinball by Stern

    This Nugent pinball I own myself. Location now is in my office at WCSX. I couldn’t afford the KISS pinball and came across this game which only 2,437 were made. Thought it might be a good investment. Plus you can’t beat the Motorcity Madman.

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