Detroit is a bastion of talent in both sports and music. Many Detroiters have enjoyed championships, playoff appearances and general kick-assery from their favorite teams. Detroit is also known for staying on the cutting edge of, if not paving the way for, some of the greatest music in the world. These two elements often come together, like on the Thanksgiving Day halftime show for the Detroit Lions, but this year there is a controversy that has us questioning the decisions that are being made by the NFL.
Canadian rock group Nickelback was booked to perform at this year’s Thanksgiving Day halftime show in Detroit, and many are furious with this decision, and with good reason. Nickelback is the antithesis to the rock n roll style that has been made famous here. With their cheesy, uninspired lyrics, and tired, generic rock sounds, this overproduced music has gained a lot of fans through mainstream pop culture, and almost the opposite reaction to loyal fans of underground music across the world. The hatred towards Nickelback’s music has so much momentum that it manifested into a Facebook friend-off with a pickle… and they lost.
A year ago, it wouldn’t have really mattered much because the Lions weren’t doing very well and weren’t popular enough to bid on a better halftime show. However, with the season going well so far this year, fans believe they are entitled to a better show. Some Detroit artists have become proactive to try to give some relief to the ears of Lions fans on Thanksgiving Day.
A petition was created on change.org which has so far gained more than 43,000 signatures. The petition states:
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.
Seeing a good opportunity to turn the negativity into a positive for the city of Detroit, local soul artist Mayer Hawthorne (@MayerHawthorne) posted a video today where he announced his campaign to be Nickelback’s replacement.
If you would like to see Mayer Hawthorne play on Thanksgiving at the Lions halftime show, you can tweet him at @MayerHawthorne and use the #Mayer4Detroit hashtag.