Pinball Wizard: BNL’s Ed Robertson on how his obsession inspired the arcade game Rush

David Friend, Canadian Press

Published Wednesday, February 23, 2022 7:15 a.m. EST

TORONTO — Ed Robertson and Rush have teamed up on a pinball project.

The Barenaked Ladies frontman recently joined forces with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson to help design a series of pinball machines dedicated to their legendary Canadian rock band.

And Robertson is no ordinary pinball consultant.

Since getting hooked on pinball in the late 1980s, Robertson says he’s been an avid collector of the more than 40 machines in his possession.

For the Rush model, he was asked by Lee to help longtime Chicago-based manufacturer Stern Pinball select a game designer and software coder — and provide Lee and Lifeson with key clues about the beloved arcade game.

Together they sift through Rush’s extensive music catalog to select 16 songs that play on the machine, including “Tom Sawyer,” “Subdivisions” and “The Spirit of Radio.”

The Rush pinball machine is available in three versions — pro, premium and limited editions that have already sold out.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on 23 February 2022.

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