Stern Pinball’s Official Aerosmith Pinball Machine comes to the UK!
As you may have heard, the ringing in of the new year saw another big announcement from Stern Pinball. Following last year’s January 4th unveiling of the Spider-Man Vault Edition, this year’s offering confirmed a brand new theme that’s only been at the centre of speculation for months now. That’s right: adding a fifth family member to their classic rock band lineup, Stern finally unveiled the long-awaited, widely rumoured, official Aerosmith pinball machine. And while it may not have been a huge surprise, it certainly did not disappoint.
Following the success of other musical machines, talk of an Aerosmith game began a couple of years ago when some concept artwork appeared online—and looking at Stern’s releases over the last few years, it’s not hard to see why so many pinball pros were convinced it was the real deal. With the likes of AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, Metallica and most recently, KISS, boasting pinball machines in their honour, it was really only a matter of time before “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band” would take to the playfield.
Since their formation in 1970, Aerosmith have shredded their way through sellout shows all over the globe to become one of the most iconic stadium rock bands of all time; quickly gaining a reputation not only for their powerful rock-blues fusion sounds but also their uncompromising attitude and high-energy live performances. With a career spanning four decades and worldwide album sales of over 150 million, the band are still going strong and currently preparing for the European leg of their ‘Farewell’ Tour. A tour that, according to Steve Tyler, could potentially last “forever”. No signs of slowing down yet then!
It’s this persistence and passion which is really reflected in Stern’s latest machine, coming together to recreate the unparalleled experience of a live concert without actually having to set foot in an arena. Chairman and CEO, Gary Stern said in a statement:
“We’re thrilled to have Aerosmith join the ranks of Stern Pinball’s rock and roll line-up. Aerosmith is an iconic band with a devoted fan base. Fans of both the band and pinball will be able to appreciate the extraordinary experience that the Aerosmith pinball machines provide.”
Appearance-wise, the new Aerosmith pinball machine almost echoes the Batman 66 with a large full-colour LCD screen taking pride of place in the lower half of the backbox. And thanks to the new SPIKE-2 electronic system, players can look forward not only to innovative animation, but HD visuals as well. The game also includes custom speech from Brendon Small, creator of the animated TV series, Metalocalypse, which centres around a somewhat flamboyant death metal band. On the outside, each model features its own unique art package hand-drawn by renowned rock artist ‘Dirty Donny’ Gillies—the illustrator’s second pinball project following his work on Stern’s Metallica machine back in 2013.
Designed by Stern’s own John Borg, the game itself sports some familiar features including Jacky’s 3D mechanical ball locking toy box, ramped up to release no less than six balls for a super intense multiball mode. The rest of the playfield is packed with the typical trademarks we’ve come to expect from Stern in recent years, including a full LED light display, illuminating spotlights, an array of targets and 3-channel stereo sound. Components unique to the game include the ‘Sneak In’ skill shot, ‘Crank It Up’ ball scoop, a ‘Rats In The Cellar’ spinner to help you rack up some extra points and even a colour-changing RGB topper which will really stand out in a home games room.
Get a taste for the rock star life as you embark on your very own stadium tour experience, playing as the band and unlocking different features as you progress—all to the soundtrack of some of Aerosmith’s biggest hits. Players and bystanders alike won’t be able to resist rocking out to the nine classic tunes blasting out over the concert arena playfield, scoring points and completing game objectives to raise the audience’s levels of energy, thrill and enjoyment. The higher the energy level, the bigger and louder the show and, ultimately, the more exhilarating the player experience.
Aerosmith Pinball Machine Track Listing
• Toys in the Attic
• Love in an Elevator
• Rats in the Cellar
• Dude Looks Like a Lady
• Back in the Saddle
• Sweet Emotion
• Walk This Way
• Same Old Song & Dance
• Last Child
Like most other machines on the market, the Aerosmith pinball game is available in three different models: Pro (light blue), Premium (purple) and Limited Edition (dark blue). What really makes the latter two stand out from the Pro is that they also feature an upper playfield, complete with orbit lane, five standup targets and a special ‘Love in an Elevator’ moulded toy exit. Along with all of the usual special extras that come with the Limited Edition model, such as the signed authenticity certificate, autographed playfield and serialised number plate, owners of the LE will also have the privilege of knowing that their machine is one of only 500 produced.
Still struggling to decide which one is for you? You can see the full breakdown of features for all three models here. And if you’re wondering about add-ons, Stern have already confirmed that a whole host of licensed accessories will be available, including toppers, laser cut armour, custom shooter knobs and perhaps most excitingly, a set of inner art blades to brighten up the black sides.
If you’re ready to buy, Pinball Heaven are pleased to offer the official Aerosmith pinball machine for sale in the UK from Feburary/March. Whether it’s the Pro, Premium or Limited Edition model you’re after, you can preorder it right now by clicking here. Not your thing? You can browse our full range of games here and follow us on Twitter to find out the latest in pinball news and releases.