PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
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.

Guest:

  • Maura Johnston, music critic for The Village Voice

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Spotlight

Peter O’Dowd follows the route of Abraham Lincoln's funeral train 150 years ago, to look at modern-day race relations and Lincoln's legacy.

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

May 26 4 Comments

Old-Fashioned Bell Helps 12-Year-Old Minnesota Boy Battle Cancer

David Gerfast and his family are fighting cancer with an old-fashioned ship captain's bell and high-tech proton beam radiation.

May 26 2 Comments

Just (Lobster) Roll With It: Variations On A Summer Tradition

In New England, lobster rolls are a summer tradition, but if you ask 100 chefs how to make one, you'll get 100 different answers.

May 25 Comment

Father’s Love For Fallen Son Inspires Memorial Day Tradition

In what has become an annual tradition, volunteers join Paul Monti, whose son died while serving in Afghanistan, to plant flags at each gravestone at the Massachusetts National Cemetery.

May 25 3 Comments

An Ordinary Day At Arlington National Cemetery

Official ceremonies will be held at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate Memorial Day. Here & Now's Lisa Mullins has this report of an ordinary day at the cemetery.