ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL -- Stern Pinball Inc. and Epic Rights, the global licensing agent for Aerosmith, announced the availability of a pinball machine line honoring the iconic rock band. Aerosmith holds the record as the bestselling American hard rock band in history.
Stern's Aerosmith pinball machines are designed to reflect the high energy and excitement of a live Aerosmith concert. "Players will rock to nine famous Aerosmith hits in the concert arena playfield and embark on an exhilarating pinball experience," the manufacturer said. Players score points and achieve game objectives to raise the audience's "levels of energy, thrill and enjoyment." Higher scores amplify the experience -- the higher the energy level, the bigger and louder the show.
Aerosmith, known for their powerful fusion of rock and blues, gained fame in Boston prior to signing with Columbia Records in 1972. They have amassed a legion of fans over more than four decades, and have been awarded 25 gold albums, 18 platinum albums and 12 multiplatinum albums. The colorful ensemble includes pop-culture personalities Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.
"We're thrilled to have Aerosmith join the ranks of Stern Pinball's rock and roll line-up," said chairman and chief executive Gary Stern. "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."
Epic Rights executive vice-president Lisa Streff added: "The Aerosmith pinball machines are an ideal way to expand the band's global brand because they provide a unique and fun experience for fans and consumers of all ages."
The Aerosmith machines all feature original hand-drawn art by "Dirty" Donny Gillies, who has created artwork for the Hellacopters, Melvins, Queens of the Stone Age, Wildhearts, Electric Frankenstein and the 188.8.131.52's. He is best known for his work with heavy metal band Metallica. The new games also incorporate custom speech from Brendon Small, creator of "Metalocalypse," an American animated television series centered on a "death metal" band.
Stern predicts that players will be mesmerized by the interactive "Jacky on the Box" mechanical feature on the playfield. Jacky sits on a toy box allowing players to launch pinballs through the air in the hope of slam-dunking one into the box. The more balls launched into the box, the higher the opportunity for the player to earn multiballs.
In addition to the "heart-pounding music" and game experience, the machine offers a full-color high-definition display. In conjunction with Stern Pinball's new Spike-2 electronic platform, the display enables high-definition graphics that include animations. It also features a high-fidelity 3-channel audio system said to be three times more powerful than the audio systems of previous generations.
The new game is available in three models. The Pro, designed for coin machine operators, has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $6,199. Appealing to connoisseurs and collectors are the Premium ($7,899 MSRP) and the Limited Edition ($8,999 MSRP).