Nickelback's Chad Kroeger may rock a King of the Jungle-worthy mane, but that doesn't mean the bro-rock hair farmer will be welcomed by Detroit Lions football fans when the act play the halftime show for the team's Thanksgiving Day (November 24) matchup against the Green Bay Packers. It turns out Motor City locals are so pissed at the idea of mixing the Vancouver group with a game of pigskin that they've started an online petition to block the band's performance at Ford Field altogether.
As Rolling Stone reports, residents are choked at the thought of the rest of the world associating their city with the radio rockers, especially considering Detroit's rich musical history.
The online petition reads:
This game is nationally televised, do we really want the rest of the US to associate Detroit with Nickelback?, Detroit is home to so many great musicians and they chose Nickelback?!?!?! Does anyone even like Nickelback? Is this some sort of ploy to get people to leave their seats during halftime to spend money on alcoholic beverages and concessions? This is completely unfair to those of us who purchased tickets to the game. At least the people watching at home can mute their TVs. The Lions ought to think about their fans before choosing such an awful band to play at halftime.
Off the top of our heads, if they wanted to play it regionally, why not roll with a White Stripes reunion, an Eminem set or a Motown revue. Just so long as they don't force Nickelback to play the CFL Grey Cup at B.C. Place on November 27.
So far over 8,000 people have signed the petition against Nickelback.
Nickelback's next album, Here and Now, comes out November 21 via Universal.