I think I’ve made it pretty clear from other posts on the site as well as the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast that Showbiz Pizza was a very magical place in my youth. While I certainly recall the hundred plus arcade machines with great fondness I would be lying if I didn’t admit that half the draw for me was seeing the glorious Rock-afire Explosion and Billy Bob interact and perform their covers of popular songs from the Beatles, Elvis, etc.
So I am always delighted to find new photos and videos concerning the place, like in this video uploaded by Snapper Ard, where the young boy named Neil is given a personal tour of Creative Engineering, Inc by Aaron Fechter, the designer and creator of the Rock-afire Explosion! You will get to see some amazing behind the scenes video of the Creative Engineering crew working on the Rock-afire Explosion, happier times for Aaron and his company. Plus…you get to hear a bit of Dook LaRue rock out with his awesome rendition of the 1933 Ted Weems Orchestra song “Heartaches”.
If you need to hear the entire Dook LaRue number, Carl Livingston has got you covered!