One of the oldest songs that show a long-standing relationship with gambling is The Irish Rovers cover (1996) of the famous song “The Rambling Gambler” by John Lomax and Alan Lomax. They named it “I’m a Rambler, I’m a Gambler” and it went on to become the evergreen Irish hit (and since sea shanties and other folk music have become a huge hit on TikTok last year, Irish folk music, as well, found its way to bigger audiences).
Other examples are more mainstream like Poker Face by Lady Gaga, Love is a Losing Game by Amy Winehouse, or Viva Las Vegas by Elvis.
In new casinos, launched in 2021 and 2022, you may not hear these classic Irish lyrics, or sea shanties but you will find cult rock songs, big-ticket pop music stars, and bands immortalized in epic games of chance. Here are some of our favourites.
Famous Bands in Slot Games
Guns N’ Roses (NetEnt)
For those of us who grew up in the 80s, it’s difficult to believe that Guns N’ Roses celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2017 (although the album was released late!). Yes, it’s already been five years since then. Time, huh?
NetEnt released a beautiful slot to accompany the monumental anniversary, featuring some of the band’s greatest hits. This slot is anything but subtle. The second you load it, you’ll be hit with tunes. It’s an iconic tribute and a highly recommended slot for fans.
Megadeth (Leander Games)
Undoubtedly one of the most successful rock bands we’ve ever seen. This slot isn’t just a tribute, but a partnership. In 2012, Megadeth signed a contract with Leander Games to create a slot that truly embodies rock.
The slot features 40 lines, and players have the option to wager per line using the Line Bet function. To maximize how much you can win, enable the Mega Nudge feature. What we love about this game is the multi-level bonus rounds, giving players layered options to win.
Jimi Hendrix (NetEnt)
Yet another hit by NetEnt, this time celebrating one of the greatest guitarists in history. The legend was only mainstream for four years, but boy did he deliver. Purple Haze, The Wind Cries Mary, Hey Joe, the list goes on. Who can forget his epic performance at Woodstock?
The game has a psychedelic feel that epitomizes the 1960s. It of course features the guitar as central, with trippy visuals accompanying the guitarist’s biggest hits. The slot features six bonus games, as well as scatters and random wilds.
The late Lemmy Kilmister was not only known for his musical talent, but also for his penchant for casinos. If you think about it, not surprising: the band’s hit record (and album) is Ace of Spades. Can’t get more ‘casino’ than that, right?
The game oozes Motörhead, featuring a library of hits from the band. In terms of gameplay, you have 76 paylines spread across five reels. You can start low, at just 20 cents, but big hitters can go as high as $200 per bet. Of course, the Ace of Spades symbols are wild in this slot.
One of the most recognizable bands ever can’t go without having their own slot, right? Launched in 2013, the game continues to be popular with players, even though the core gameplay is relatively standard.
We’re talking a 5-reel slot covering 100 paylines. It’s pretty common now, but in 2013 KISS was one of the very first slots to feature the Colossal reel, which is now a mainstay with many slots.
What sets the game apart is the design of the game and the true KISS feel. With some tribute slots, it can feel like they’ve haphazardly slapped some branding on a random game, and boom! With this one, you have a range of videos, unique symbols, high-end graphic design, and unique features. No surprise this game still has traction almost a decade later.
And these are just a small selection of what’s out there. There are at least 100 music-themed slots, and that’s just at our last count. There are undoubtedly many others, including a range of titles currently in the pipeline. For music fans, slots are a great place to be.