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Detroit’s Nickelback Concern

01:43 PM Friday 11/4/11 | |

Apparently the Detroit Lions have a new mascot – a 22-year-old masters of accounting student. This fella did something that has captured the attention of the entire city: He started an effort to keep Nickelback from playing a halftime show.

When people die in Detroit, they usually request their pallbearers wear team jerseys so the Lions can let them down one last time (sorry – had to go there). This year though, the cellar-dwellers are 6-2 and legitimately flirting with a playoff berth, which makes their annual Thanksgiving Day game all the more special.

Special enough that Dennis Guttman thought it deserved a special musical performance. And in his opinion, Nickelback isn’t it.

“There’s so much great music in Detroit,” Guttman reportedly said. “It’s the home of Motown. It’s Detroit Rock City.”

So Guttman began an online petition. It took off within 30 minutes and is very close to having 30,000 signatures. 

When asked why he was motivated to start the petition, Guttman replied, “It’s because they suck. I’m sure they’re great people, but I can’t stand their music. If people want to see them perform, go buy a ticket to their concert.”

The movement has picked up national attention from CNN to ESPN.

That in itself didn’t sit well with blogger Jeff Wattrick, who opined that Detroit has bigger concerns – like that it is running out of money and has 11 percent unemployment. It perplexed him that the citizens were more focused on whether the city should build a Robocop statue and if Nickelback should play a halftime show.

Yet, he wasn’t above piling on.

“Look, I get the second one. Nickelback is basically Creed with more suck,” he wrote. “Of all the scandals to befall Tiger Woods, his attendance at a Nickelback concert remains the one thing that diminished my opinion of him. The NFL pretty much goes out of their way to insult their core demographic with every overly-theatrical halftime show that doesn’t feature either Kid Rock or a really good marching band.”

Guttman’s next step? Asking a Detroit artist to step up and offer to play the show at Ford Field.


  1. N2DS2W wrote:

    07:09 PM, Nov 09, 2011

    Nickelback? Really? While this Canadian living here in Metro Detroit appreciates a Canadian rock band playing at halftime, we truly believe that the NFL and the United Way could do much better.

    Our intent here is not to bash nor jump on the hate wagon for Nickelback. There are plenty of folks out there willing to do that and signing the petition to find a new halftime performer.

    Our message is very simple.

    If you are going to bring a band from our closest and most friendly neighbouring country into Ford Field to perform at halftime, perhaps do a more thorough job of selecting the right band. There are plenty of talented Canadian bands (find many more here) that would benefit from the exposure of a nationally televised halftime show.

    We have a couple of suggestions.

    There's a band from Hamilton, ON (close to DET) called Arkells that are promoting their new album called Michigan Left. The title track is about Detroit. While Arkells have not sold 45 million records since their inception, I bet that the halftime crowd would appreciate the music.

    If it's a "proven record seller" that the halftime producers want, why not consider the Sam Roberts Band? Here's a band that love Detroit and have played Detroit and wrote the song "Detroit '67."

    From a 2009 Detroit Free Press article, Sam explains his fascination with Detroit. "When I was a child we'd take trips in the family station wagon and pass through Detroit on the way to visit an aunt in Indiana. I was always wide-eyed whenever we came across the Ambassador Bridge. It was almost a moment of mythical transformation. One moment you're in Canada and then you see the Motor City skyline and you're in The United States of America. Your world changes completely, and Detroit was like the gateway to that for me."

    From www.n2ds2w.com/.../nickelbleeaaahh.html

  2. cincyconcertfan wrote:

    05:05 PM, Nov 06, 2011

    Chad would have to be censored too because he drops the F bomb so much during concerts which is part of his constant babbling between songs.  A Nickelback concert is one hour of music and 30 minutes of Chad's banter.

  3. cincyconcertfan wrote:

    04:53 PM, Nov 06, 2011

    Chad babbles so much in concert that they would probably only get one song in at a halftime show.

  4. DeltaSigChi4 wrote:

    09:03 AM, Nov 05, 2011

    I have never seen Nickleback in concert.


  5. discostu wrote:

    08:30 AM, Nov 05, 2011

    Way to go Dennis!

    Nickelback sucks balls, and Detroit Rock City deserves much better.

  6. El Perro wrote:

    05:20 AM, Nov 05, 2011

    what a douche

  7. jfriedstein wrote:

    08:11 PM, Nov 04, 2011

    How about GO  YOURSELF Dennis Guttman you little ***!! Detroit is all about rock in case you just moved there. Evidently you are intimidated by hard rock.......

  8. clapton7 wrote:

    02:35 PM, Nov 04, 2011

    Since it's in Detroit, Bob Seger should do the show!!

  9. SoundzSoGood wrote:

    01:53 PM, Nov 04, 2011


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