If you are anything like me and grew up in the 80’s, you probably went to Chuck E. Cheese or Showbiz Pizza for someone’s birthday or some other special occasion, or maybe you just went for the fun on it. Both places had, in their dining hall, animatronic bands that would play songs while you ate. I haven’t been to one lately, so I can’t say if they still have them, or if the shows are any good, but I do recall the last time I went (on a first date when I was 17 back in 1992… I wonder if she remembers that date, heh) the dining hall remained well lit while the band performed, which was kind of a let down.
Anyway, it seems that the band from Showbiz, The Rock-afire Explosion, is experiencing a resurgence. A guy, a car salesman, bought himself one of the animatronic bands and with the help of the original designers is making music videos for more current songs. They made a documentary about it. You can see videos of several performances by searching for “Rock-afire Explosion” on YouTube.
I just wasted an hour watching this stuff, and I am bound to do it again. I want to go to a Showbiz now, although I figure it won’t be as cool as these videos, and I would love to see those old pizza party places make a comeback, old-school, with the darkened dining hall, music and light show. If I have kids one day, I want to take them there, or some place like it.
Thanks to Cyanbane for the heads up…