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Calling all pinball wizards! The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland has something special for you. Already overflowing with displays featuring countless instruments, stage outfits and all other sorts of rock and roll memorabilia, the hall is currently home to a special exhibit called Part of the Machine: Rock & Pinball, a hands-on display featuring lots of vintage pinball machines just waiting for you to try for a high score.

The Who’s big hit “Pinball Wizard” with its lyrics “He stands like a statue/Becomes part of the machine/Felling all the bumpers/Always playing clean” is the reason why the Part of the Machine exhibit is named as it is. The Pinball Wizard game is appropriately placed right at the entrance to the display, which is set up in a semi-darkened room that’s meant to replicate an arcade. Other pinball machines feature the Beatles, KISS, Metallica, Dolly Parton, Elton John, Alice Cooper, Aerosmith and others. Rock Hall visitors can scan their entry wristband to get two free tokens to play the games and additional tokens can be purchased as well.

Besides the pinball machines, the Part of the Machine exhibit features items associated with some of the acts featured on the games, the centerpiece of which is a drum set used by Peter Criss of KISS. There’s also the electric chair prop used on stage by Alice Cooper, a Dolly Parton dress that inspired the depiction on the back glass of her pinball machine, and a display featuring smaller Beatles and Elvis Presley collectibles. The acoustic guitar that Pete Townshend wrote “Pinball Wizard” on is also in the room.

The InCuya Music Festival (Tickets) is about to take place in The Malls in Downtown Cleveland; the event set for Aug. 25-26 is headlined by New Order and the Avett Brothers with a lineup of additional acts like SZA, AWOLNATION, Cake and the Revivalists. Admission to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is included with the purchase of a ticket to InCuya; the offer for free admission is good throughout the two days of the festival only.

For more information on the Part of the Machine: Rock & Pinball exhibit go here.
Information to help plan a visit to Cleveland is here.