Nickelback to perform at Lions/Packers Thanksgiving Day game halftime show; Detroit Rock City fans in an uproar

3 11 2011

For as many albums as they have sold, it’s a bit surprising how much Nickelback is hated.  I personally find that band completely and utterly unlistenable.  I ignore them when I can.

We take music in the Motor City quite seriously.  That explains why Detroit Lions fans are irked that the NFL has selected Nickelback as the Thanksgiving Day game’s halftime entertainment.  I think more popular and maybe even more listenable choice would have been Chris Brown.  Nickelback is that bad.

Lions fans are demanding that Nickelback be pulled from the lineup.

The Alberta rockers are scheduled to perform Nov. 24 at Ford Field in Detroit, when the Lions face the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers in the Lions’ traditional Thanksgiving Day game.

Backlash has been growing since the news was announced Wednesday, and it seems to to be more about pride in the city’s musical heritage than any testy U.S.-Canada relations.

In Detroit — the city that spawned the Motown sound, classic rock’s Bob Seger and alternative icons The White Stripes — it seems some people simply aren’t keen on Nickelback.

That was evident on, where signers of an online petition did little to mask their distaste for the band. By Thursday morning, more than 1,500 people signed the petition demanding Nickelback be dropped from the halftime show.

“I’d rather drink bleach than listen to Nickelback and have them associated with Detroit,” wrote one petitioner.

I couldn’t agree more.




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