Merchandise has always been a huge payday from bands and artists alike, and one of the first to cash in on this trend was of course, the Beatles. From bubblegum to lunchbox’s, you could find pictures of the Fab Four on just about everything. That is, except, a pinball machine. Well, that’s all about to change.
The Beatles Story’s Fab4 Cafe in Liverpool has been given the exclusive rights to housing the first and only official pinball machine dedicated to the Fab Four. Stern Pinball and The Beatles and have (ahem) ‘come together’ and created a series of US-made, limited-edition pinball machines, with the first debuting at the aforementioned Fab4 Cafe.
There will be an eventual run of only 1,964 machines produced and they are being made in recognition of the year when Beatlemania kicked off 1964.
It will be £1 a game, and as far as the music for the games, these will include: ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, ‘Ticket to Ride’, ‘All My Loving’, ‘Help’, ‘Drive My Car’, ‘It Won’t Be Long’, ‘I Should Have Known Better’, and ‘Taxman’.
As well as the iconic music the machines will also have introductions by the legendary Ed Sullivan, who famously introduced America to the band in 1964. In addition, there will be shout-outs by Hall of Fame disk jockey, Cousin Brucie, who introduced The Fab Four when they played at New York’s Shea Stadium in 1965.
So, what if you can’t make it to the Café, based at to the Royal Albert Dock in Liverpool? Well, for you die-hards out there, you can purchase your very own limited-edition machine from the Fab4 Store for £11,995.
If fans can’t get down to the Royal Albert Dock to play the game, they can purchase their own limited-edition machine from the attraction’s Fab4 Store for around $16.000.