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Visitors to a Beatles-themed cafe in Liverpool will soon be able to play the world’s first and only official pinball machine dedicated to the Fab Four.
The Beatles and Stern Pinball have joined forces to create a series of US-made, limited-edition pinball machines, with the first of its kind debuting at The Beatles Story’s Fab4 Cafe.
Only 1,964 of the games will be produced in recognition 1964: the year when Beatlemania kicked off, The Guide Liverpool reports.
Nine Beatles classics will feature on the machine in the cafe, which will be available to play for £1, including: ‘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’.
The game also features iconic introductions by Ed Sullivan, who introduced America to the band in 1964, as well as custom speech and callouts by Hall of Fame disk jockey, Cousin Brucie, who famously introduced The Beatles at New York’s Shea Stadium in 1965.
Phil Palmer, Director of Pinball Heaven Ltd, said: “Pinball Heaven is delighted to have installed the new Beatles Pinball Machine at the most perfect of locations, The Beatles Story in Liverpool.
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“Receiving positive feedback from Pinball fans all over the world, the new Beatles Pinball Machine is bound to prove extremely popular at the world’s largest permanent Beatles exhibition. Definitely not to be missed!”
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 £11,995.
Meanwhile, in related news, a new plaque has been unveiled in commemoration of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s first public gig, which took place 50 years ago at Cambridge University.