Nickelback Rock Detroit Despite Petition

A 55,000 strong petition against a Nickelback show in Detroit didn't phase the Canadian band when they walked out last Thursday.

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Nickelback defied a 55,000 strong petition which called for them not to play a Thanksgiving show during a football game in Detroit.

We first reported on the petition when it hit 20, 000 signatures, but by the big day it had more than doubled.

"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," said Dennis Guttman, the 22-year-old student who started the petition. However, Henne Music now reports that Guttman may have been associated with a local artist who wanted to take the slot.

The band responded to the petition in good humour, starring in a self-parody video to make light of the situation. Sadly for the band, a recent survey by a music dating site found that Nickelback proved to be the biggest turnoff in a music taste, according to SDB.

Others have even taken their dislike to the band so far that they developed a browser plugin to block every mention of the word "Nickelback" from their internet.

The band continue to be a commercial success in the face of any haters, having sold more than 3 million copies of their 2008 album "Dark Horse". They are currently promoting their newest album "Here And Now".

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    D. Hero
    I'm starting to think it's not about disliking the band its more about jumping on the bandwagon with people who do. There's so much hate towards these guys, and I applaud them for making fun of themselves despite all the criticism. They don't care, and seriously, they shouldn't. I listen to their music, I don't mind it, but I'm not a diehard fan either. Yes their songs are similar in writing and sound, but are they honestly the only band/artist on the planet that does that? I find it funny that with all this hate apparently circulating, they're still being booked for televised events, playing packed arenas and having a large amount of radio play. There is a reason for that, you know.
    SquierLolz
    Hate nickelback as much as you want. But their live performance is spot on. It's not my style of music, but i still respect these guys.
    Pagan_Poetry
    This is Canada's way of celebrating Thanksgiving in the US. "Hey, you are a large reason why false, manufactured artists have taken over the world today as opposed to the talented and those with actual integrity, so here's what you taught us!"
    D. Hero wrote: I'm starting to think it's not about disliking the band its more about jumping on the bandwagon with people who do. There's so much hate towards these guys, and I applaud them for making fun of themselves despite all the criticism. They don't care, and seriously, they shouldn't. I listen to their music, I don't mind it, but I'm not a diehard fan either. Yes their songs are similar in writing and sound, but are they honestly the only band/artist on the planet that does that? I find it funny that with all this hate apparently circulating, they're still being booked for televised events, playing packed arenas and having a large amount of radio play. There is a reason for that, you know.
    For me, it's about hating the band. To be fair, there is a LOT worse, and Nickelback aren't absolute ear damage. I find them incredibly boring and repetitive. Actually, I hate them because I loved them growing up. As a kid, I grew up on the album The State and it was full of awesome riffs and far more inventive music. Once they got famous with "How You Remind Me" on Silver Side Up, they stuck to making pretty much the same music for the most part, and it's incredibly annoying how formulaic they are now. They're radio rock-by-numbers. I give them respect for their response to all of this and I'm sure they're all cool guys, but it's obvious that they're businessmen before artists, and that's not something I'm okay with, especially since I grew up on their music as a kid and got slapped in the face.
    roy_37
    I'm starting to think it's not about disliking the band its more about jumping on the bandwagon with people who do.
    Do ya think! This is a jump on the bandwagon movement if ever there was one. I am by no means a die hard fan of the band, but it could have been much worse let's say Toby Keith for example.
    thenowhereman
    I just hope that one day I'm so popular everyone hates me. Just like Nickelback and Slash.
    kylealex09
    I honestly wanted to see that performance but I missed it. Instead had to watch The Dolphins game who happend to have the guy that sings the "Jersey Shore" theme song.. and Detroit thought they had it bad??
    TokoBali
    Nickelback is like porn. Nobody publicly admits they enjoy it, yet the sales figures say otherwise. I never listen to Nickelback though... or watch porn. *rolling eyes*
    BigSpence
    Why do people dislike them so much? I'm not a diehard fan for Nickelback, but I really like their less popular songs like Follow You Home. Anyone remember Saving Me? They actually put on a rockin' show and they have fun doing it. I just don't see how they can generate so much hate among rock musicians.
    slaveskinJACKET
    thenowhereman wrote: I just hope that one day I'm so popular everyone hates me. Just like Nickelback and Slash.
    More like Nickelback and Axl Rose. It's so much easier to find someone who adores Slash than someone who detests Slash.
    Dr. Koolaide
    OK I watched this game with my dad who doesn't really listen to much rock had never heard of Nickleback before seeing them. Halfway through their song he turned to me and said: "Did they try to get the wimpiest rock band they could find?" I think that pretty much sums it up. If a boardroom of businessmen sat down and tried to put together a rock band, they would create Nickleback.
    Nofootcanman
    I think its becoming cool to not be a diehard fan of nickleback and have some repect for them even though they only like a few songs
    slaveskinJACKET
    The people running/dancing around on the field don't look anywhere near as cool as they think they do. I thought that part was even less cool than the concert. Nickelback is alright, but they definitely could have come up with a better song for an NFL halftime show. That song sucks, anyway, but especially in this context.
    avon69
    sjones72 wrote: "Others have even taken their dislike to the band so far that they developed a browser plugin to block every mention of the word "Nickelback" from their internet." where can this be downloaded from!?!?!
    just google "nickleblock", they have the same app for beiber.
    sjones72
    "Others have even taken their dislike to the band so far that they developed a browser plugin to block every mention of the word "Nickelback" from their internet." where can this be downloaded from!?!?!
    edbert
    I thought Nickelback's response video was pretty funny, but their halftime performance was abysmal.
    AcdcTXfan
    Even if you don't like their music, you have no reason to hate them. These guys have balls for even getting up on stage in Detroit.
    lpwjbklyn
    Pagan_Poetry wrote: Actually, I hate them because I loved them growing up. As a kid, I grew up on the album The State and it was full of awesome riffs and far more inventive music. Once they got famous with "How You Remind Me" on Silver Side Up, they stuck to making pretty much the same music for the most part, and it's incredibly annoying how formulaic they are now. They're radio rock-by-numbers. I give them respect for their response to all of this and I'm sure they're all cool guys, but it's obvious that they're businessmen before artists, and that's not something I'm okay with, especially since I grew up on their music as a kid and got slapped in the face.
    Seriously? You feel like you got slapped in the face over their change in musical direction? I'd hate to see your reaction when they run out of Mountain Dew at the 7-11 man...you should definitely take a good hard look at your priorities if you feel THAT strongly about something so innocuous.
    nailsarecruel
    Yeah, do this because petition signers I Horny, P.Ness, Matt Tress, Blame Canada, FukU Chad and KillRadio really believe in (whatever cause). Online petitions are a joke.
    LiamPodmore
    I'm another one who doesn't understand all the hate toward Nickelback, their new album is actually quite good from what i've had chance to listen to so far. I've been a fan of them all my life (Having all 8 albums) and think all this bullsh*t is just hating them for the sake of hating them. The only thing i have to say to the 55,000 people who signed that petition is "Grow Up"
    explosionate
    I hate Nickleback. What I hate more than Nickleback are people who impose their views on others especially when the issue is as trivial as this. Are you there for football or for the half-time show? Do you think there's more people that dislike Nickleback than there are that dislike Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, or any of the other crap that gets played during football games? Do you think the Lions pick their entertainment based on the perceived quality of the music. The bottom line is that Nickleback is profitable. It's a good pick that will have a positive economic impact on Detroit.
    Meta1H3ad
    sjones72 wrote: "Others have even taken their dislike to the band so far that they developed a browser plugin to block every mention of the word "Nickelback" from their internet." where can this be downloaded from!?!?!
    Agreed. Heavily!
    Rick_Diculous
    If Ndamukong Suh stomped on Nickelback, he'd be an American hero, but since he stomped on another football player, he is a villain.
    jhart08
    I have no idea what they expected to do with a petition. Its not like there's a law that states if you get x ammount of signatures you have to do what they want. The owner's probably laughed in the face of the guy that turned it in. They don't care, all they want is money and ratings. I hate nickelback as much as everyone else, but to expect the lions owners to change halftime shows is rediculous, and signing the petition was a waste of time (and it always is). If you dont like it, change the channel (which I did).
    booby50
    Pagan_Poetry wrote: This is Canada's way of celebrating Thanksgiving in the US. "Hey, you are a large reason why false, manufactured artists have taken over the world today as opposed to the talented and those with actual integrity, so here's what you taught us!" D. Hero wrote: I'm starting to think it's not about disliking the band its more about jumping on the bandwagon with people who do. There's so much hate towards these guys, and I applaud them for making fun of themselves despite all the criticism. They don't care, and seriously, they shouldn't. I listen to their music, I don't mind it, but I'm not a diehard fan either. Yes their songs are similar in writing and sound, but are they honestly the only band/artist on the planet that does that? I find it funny that with all this hate apparently circulating, they're still being booked for televised events, playing packed arenas and having a large amount of radio play. There is a reason for that, you know. For me, it's about hating the band. To be fair, there is a LOT worse, and Nickelback aren't absolute ear damage. I find them incredibly boring and repetitive. Actually, I hate them because I loved them growing up. As a kid, I grew up on the album The State and it was full of awesome riffs and far more inventive music. Once they got famous with "How You Remind Me" on Silver Side Up, they stuck to making pretty much the same music for the most part, and it's incredibly annoying how formulaic they are now. They're radio rock-by-numbers. I give them respect for their response to all of this and I'm sure they're all cool guys, but it's obvious that they're businessmen before artists, and that's not something I'm okay with, especially since I grew up on their music as a kid and got slapped in the face.
    I personally love nickelback. There's just something about them that I like. I'm sure you all have that one guilty pleasure :p but relating to this quote, I TOTALLY respect your opinion. This is how to gripe.
    southpaw_tdg
    i seriously don't understand the hate they attract. I understand that they're very generic but just turn on the radio. I mean what makes nickleback so much more worthy of hate compared to this other modern generic rock? plus have the reason everything sounds the same is they changed the music industry in a way that made that kinda music easier to sign and produce.... which I'm starting to talk myself into the hate wagon...
    L.A.P.D.
    They couldn't even of picked a hard ass song for the occasion? geeze.
    AcdcTXfan
    Dr. Koolaide wrote: OK I watched this game with my dad who doesn't really listen to much rock had never heard of Nickleback before seeing them. Halfway through their song he turned to me and said: "Did they try to get the wimpiest rock band they could find?" I think that pretty much sums it up. If a boardroom of businessmen sat down and tried to put together a rock band, they would create Nickleback.
    Dude watch the video to "When We Stand Together." It's actually a damn good song. No one outside of Nickelback's fan base even gives them a chance.
    AcdcTXfan
    L.A.P.D. wrote: They couldn't even of picked a hard ass song for the occasion? geeze.
    Probably because all you haters complain about their "party-style" and with kids watching, they wanted to do something more appropriate.
    jimgorlitz
    Nickelback isnt horrible garbage. Their just boring and repetitive. But at least they have guitars, so i respect them more than most new music.