Yearning for some pinball action? Well, if you tune into DirecTV this month, you could pick up a few pointers from Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and ex-Guns N' Roses axeman Slash. The two musicians are featured in a short documentary aptly titled The History of Pinball, which is running through the end of September as a one- hour pay- per- view special on DirecTV's channel 195. Perry and Slash, both pinball players, are featured in the program along with Chicago White Sox player Frank Thomas. The show's producer, Mark Helms, and co-owner of the Massachusetts- based production company E.S.S. Productions/ New Video Images, says that Slash, an avid pinball collector, is shown in a segment of the film talking about how he designed the Guns N' Roses pinball machine on a napkin during one of his tours.
Perry discusses how he got introduced to the game of pinball while on vacation with his parents. A spokesperson at DirecTV says that the program may air again sometime in the future. The show will also begin airing on the cable pay- per- view channel, Request, from Nov. 3 through the end of the month.