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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Why Detroit Football Fans Are Protesting Nickelback Performance

The band Nickelback. (James Anderson)

Nickelback, the Canadian rock band and five-time Grammy Award nominee, is kicking off the release of its seventh album, “Here and Now,” with a live performance at the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers football game on Thanksgiving Day.

But this Turkey Day’s halftime show has not been without controversy. Earlier this month, more than 50,000 people signed an online petition against the band’s appearance at the game.

The petition creator, 22 year-old Dennis Guttman, wrote, “Detroit is home to so many great musicians and they chose Nickelback… The Lions ought to think about their fans before choosing such an awful band to play at halftime.”

Petitioners supported Guttman’s position, adding comments such as: “Haven’t the good people of Detroit been through enough?”

So we asked, why does Nickelback have some people plugging their ears? Even though the band has sold more than 45 million records worldwide and their last album went triple-platinum, critics deride their music and detractors are in abundance.


  • Maura Johnston, music critic for The Village Voice

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