The Rush Pinball Machine Has Arrived in All Its Ridiculously Detailed Glory

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Jan 4, 2022

Before 2021 came to a close, news surfaced that Rush would be the latest music legends immortalized with a pinball machine in 2022, and details of the band-themed games from Stern Pinball have arrived.

Following last month's tease, the company has revealed a Holy Triumvirate of Rush-themed pinball games that promise to "reflect the energy, excitement, and experience of a live Rush concert," boasting myriad sound and lighting effects, and song selections from the band's discography. 

The power trio of Pro, Premium and Limited Edition trimlines pack in catalogue favourites like "Tom Sawyer," "Working Man," "The Spirit of Radio" and "Limelight," lengthier achievements in prog rock such as "La Villa Strangiato," "2112" and "Cygnus X-1 (Book One: The Voyage and Book Two: Hemispheres)," and later career highlights like "One Little Victory," "Far Cry" and "Headlong Flight."

In addition to that music, the games will also feature custom speech from Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, along with Barenaked Ladies vocalist and fellow CanRocker Ed Robertson. Was this the "super-secret project" Robertson and Lee were up to last September? In any case, you can watch the three nail their voiceovers in-studio alongside the game trailers below.

"Partnering with Rush, we created a musical pinball experience that every fan will want to explore.  Incredible music, memorable toys, unique mechanical pinball action, and custom speech will make players feel like they are on tour with the band," Gary Stern, chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball shared in a statement, adding, "In memory of [late Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart], we have also decided to support the Neil Peart Research Award sponsored by the Glioblastoma Foundation as it researches cures for this deadly brain cancer."

Outside of pinball wizardry, Lee has started writing his memoirs while Lifeson continues to share new music, both solo and with new project Envy of None. The latter also recently jammed with Crown Lands, blessing a new generation of Canadian prog players.

Recently, rare outtakes surfaced from Rush's Moving Pictures album cover shoot, marking the acclaimed LP's 40th anniversary.

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