Detroit doesn’t want Nickelback, and neither do we
Musings on the NFL’s terrible taste in halftime music
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For the first time in a long while, the Lions are making the Detroit-Green Bay Thanksgiving game meaningful, and a Detroit artist is not playing the halftime show. Nickelback is. In what should be considered a victory against mediocrity and spectator rights everywhere, a group of Detroit Lions fans—and fans of good music in general, really—have banded together to circulate a petition to replace Nickelback as the halftime entertainment at the storied annual NFL Thanksgiving game in the Motor City.
Since Nickelback is not from Detroit, fans of sports and music alike are bewildered by the choice. Mind-boggling doesn’t even begin to describe how bad a choice that is, when you think of all of the many great musical acts to come out of Detroit. Some genius thought Nickelback would be an act everyone would enjoy, in the city that brought us Motown, Ted Nugent, White Stripes, MC5, and the Stooges. (And that barely scratches the surface of Detroit’s musical greatness!) How awesome would it be to have Iggy Pop, shirtless and in HD, shaking his goods in every living room across America on Thanksgiving? I think Lions fans would even take Madonna back when weighed against the comic, pop-metal stylings of Chad Kroeger and his merry band of Canadian douchebags.
The Motor City has no shortage of living icons ready to represent. The NFL keeps Kid Rock in a glass case to provide entertainment in a pinch, so it’s baffling that he’s not playing. Eminem or, hell, even Insane Clown Posse, should have gotten the nod over Nickelback. Bob Seger could do a monster set of all of his hits, with Eminem taking a few verses of “Night Moves,” and the nation would be glued to it like the O.J. Simpson Bronco chase.
The disgusted reaction and resulting petition not only speak to just how much the public despises Nickelback, but also say a lot about how stupid the NFL tastemakers think viewers are. You’d think a multi-platinum group would be welcomed with open arms, but the sad reality, for Nickelback anyway, is that even drunken football fans realize the band is horrible. Yet someone thought this was a good idea. It’s like having Brett Favre take photos at Jenn Sterger’s birthday party. Removing the band from the festivities would truly make it a day of thanks giving for all.