Pinball with Ed Robertson from Barenaked Ladies

Ed Robertson, lead singer of the Barenaked Ladies is a hardcore pinball fan. Therefore it is no surprising that the most famous band from Ontario named their new album "Silverball". What's more of a surprise is the fact that Commander Chris Hadfield spent a lot of time with them in the last year.

Silverball

, the 14th studio album from Canadian band Barenaked Ladies, was named after something lead singer Ed Robinson is very passionate about: pinball machines.

The musician has a special room in his Toronto basement dedicated to featuring multiple themed versions of the arcade game.

“There use to be other things in this room,” Robertson explains. “It started with a ‘Lord of the Rings’ machine in that corner and I had a ‘Twilight Zone’ machine up at our cottage. I actually had a third machine over at a friend’s place [and] I brought that back here and there came a point where I had five machines on the wall, a bookshelf and an elliptical.”

He continued, “I said to my wife, ‘I ordered another pinball machine,‘ and she said, ‘Well, you’re going to have to decide which machine is leaving here.‘ I pointed at the elliptical machine in the corner. That’s the one that left.”

For Robertson, playing pinball not only makes its way into music by being featured on BNL’s record and in their newest music video “Silverball,” but it is also a way for his family to spend time together and unwind.

“It’s a pretty awesome place to come and I hang out here with my boys after school. They get their homework done and we have a serious throw down in the pinball room.”

Robertson’s family aren’t the only ones who have enjoyed his pinball collection.

Canadian astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield, who has been a friend to the band and even taken the stage with them before, left his mark on a special machine (Bride of Pinbot) in the singer’s collection that will no doubt be in his basement permanently.

“I felt super self conscious because I never ask anybody to sign anything,” the musician revealed. “He was over here for a Christmas party and I said, ‘Chris, I have to ask you to sign this.’ This was last Christmas and there are so many space shuttles on the machine that it made me think of Chris because he piloted the shuttle and it only seemed appropriate to have him sign this machine.”

Silverball drops June 2.

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