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Posted on Tue, Oct 4, 2011 : 4:03 p.m.

Petition hopes to get Jay-Z, Kanye West to play halftime of U-M / Ohio State football game

By Bob Needham

It may just be wishful thinking—OK, it probably is just wishful thinking—but a group of University of Michigan students is petitioning the school to bring in hip-hop superstars Jay-Z and Kanye West to play the halftime show of the Michigan-Ohio State football game.

It's not completely ridiculous. The rappers start touring the country with their joint "Watch the Throne" tour later this month, and the tour plays the Palace of Auburn Hills on Nov. 26, the same day as the game.

An online petition to the university reads, "Jay Z and Kanye West will be performing at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Nov. 26, the night of the Ohio State game. So since they'll be in town anyways, what better way to end this years football season than with a half time show by two of the biggest recording artist of our generation. Lets get the school to work something out and have Jay Z and Kanye West perform in front of surely one of their largest audiences ever. Plus, we already know Kanye can perform well with a marching band":

The petition had more than 1,000 signatures this afternoon. It can be viewed and signed here.

Bob Needham is director of entertainment content for Reach him at or 734-623-2541, and follow him on Twitter @bobneedham.



Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 10:45 p.m.

They need to turn DOWN the sound at the stadium, not think of ways of making it even LOUDER! Boom, boom-boom, ....


Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 8:31 p.m.

No, please no! I'd rather have a root canal than listen to Kanye West.


Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 6:32 p.m.

@ Frank I'm sure if you asked members of the Michigan marching band, they'd be happy to give up their final performance to (or perhaps perform with instead) Jay Z and Kanye. If anything, this could be the highlight of their time with the band.


Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 6:27 p.m.

*sniff, sniff* I'm smelling a lot of old timers in the room. ; ) Why not? If the current student body and fanbase want this to happen, act on making it happen, and if they can pull it off, so be it. Maybe with enough forewarning, the Michigan and Ohio State bands can do a dual instrumental performance with pair. This is probably a longshot to happen, but I'd be all right with a break in tradition if enough fans want it...over 2000 so far.


Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 5:54 p.m.

Unless these guys learn how to play trombone and march in beat while highstepping, no need to see them in michigan stadium at halftime, pregame or postgame. The Marching Band at both schools are awesome and this suggestion is why nobody listens to students.


Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 4:55 p.m.

They are anti-God!


Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 4:42 p.m.

I would sign a petition for them not to play.


Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 4:12 p.m.

I've got 99 problems but a Buckeye ain't one..


Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 3:15 p.m.

This is the last game of the year, and for the seniors in the marching band, it is their last game ever. They work really hard every week to prepare a great show for the fans. Why rob them of their last and possibly most glorious performance of their college career?

Ron Granger

Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 1:14 p.m.

Ohio? Maybe we could have someone lecture on ethics.


Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 12:41 p.m.

Could be alot could be Kid Rock.


Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 1:47 p.m.

Amen Goofus!

Ron Granger

Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 1:13 p.m.


1st Down

Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 5:30 a.m.

We took a poll during last weeks game here at the AA live chat, and everyone seemed to want Fergie to do the halftime show...

Macabre Sunset

Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 2:51 a.m.

Ima a let you finish, rapper guys, but Janet Jackson had the best halftime performance. Oh well, halftime is for snacks and checking out the other games anyway.


Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 2:25 a.m.

You straight up trippin Jigger.

Ron Granger

Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 1:44 a.m.

Why you all up in my hip-hop grill when you ain't even been invited to the BBQ?


Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 1:34 a.m.

I'm sure Dave Brandon is hoping something like this will happen...more bucks for the Brand. Remember, it's all about the brand...not tradition like he likes to say. With all the changes and marketing efforts he wants to make the next slogan used by Hoke will be, "That WAS Michigan".

1st Down

Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 12:32 a.m.

those guys are cool and everything...and in vogue... know how to manipulate their image in the media... but their "music" is terrible... neither have a shred of musical talent...not one iota... anyway Go Blue.


Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 1:46 p.m.

LOL! craigjjs! This same person would probably think Madonna would be a good idea! Didn't UM's marching band play a tribute to her this year if I recall correctly? The same person who once said that she thought losing her virginity was a career move! I remember seeing her dancing at the "Blue Frog" nee Rick's American Cafe.


Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 11:27 a.m.

Millions of fans beg to differ. "In vogue"? How old are you?

Peter Jameson

Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 12:22 a.m.

Im down with J-hova, but aint no way we should get yeezy


Tue, Oct 4, 2011 : 11:50 p.m.

Please don't do this, terrible idea


Tue, Oct 4, 2011 : 10:56 p.m.

No to the whole idea -- There is not one good reason to change the halftime for these two failing human beings.


Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 1:44 p.m.

Thanks craigjjs. Failing. Please do tell how?


Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 11:27 a.m.

Failing? They are rich, popular (even worshipped), successful and considered icons in their industry. In what way are they "failing human beings"? Don't like their music? their politics? their race?


Tue, Oct 4, 2011 : 10:54 p.m.

No to West -- very poor choice here....

Pam Wilson

Tue, Oct 4, 2011 : 9:48 p.m.

Last I heard, this is COLLEGE, football played by students for the students and fans. Leave half-time to the 600 students that work hours each week provide the half-time entertainment; the marching bands from both schools!


Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 11:29 a.m.

How about leaving the decision to the students? Oops!

Lionel Hutz

Tue, Oct 4, 2011 : 9:33 p.m.

Hopefully this happens. By so doing, the lack of talent of OSU will only be surpassed by the lack of talent of the halftime show.


Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 10:23 p.m.

Looks like we have an organized movement of people with the same talking points, pretty transparent there guys. 2 different people with the exact same comment


Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 1:43 p.m.

I suppose you will be starting a petition to have Neil Diamond perform. While I am not a fan of these performers, it seems that millions of people disagree.


Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 11:24 a.m.

I suppose you will be starting a petition to have Barry Manalow perform. While I am not a fan of these performers, it seems that millions of people disagree.

Charlie Brown's Ghost

Tue, Oct 4, 2011 : 9:32 p.m.

It would very much be just fine with me if they didn't do this.


Tue, Oct 4, 2011 : 9:04 p.m.

MRunner73: How abouta rousing chorus of "Hang on Sloopy?"

1st Down

Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 12:34 a.m.

how bout a chorus of "your cheating heart"... Ohio fans surely understand both the message + good country music


Tue, Oct 4, 2011 : 8:57 p.m.

What's wrong with the Michigan Marching Band? According to this article, this is being driven by a group of students. The student body attending the home games leaves a lot to be desired. A noon kick off is way too early for a sizeable number of them. Maybe it was too cold and windy at the crack of noon, last Saturday but from what I saw (attending the game), there were large gaps in the student section of the stands. The point is, they can bring their head phones to game and listen to their favorite music at half time. The demographics from those who actually attend games is not in the Hip-hop listening crowd. I would rather listen to "Sweet Caroline" piped in. I hope Dave Brandon ignores this request, please. Call me an old timer.


Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 11:23 a.m.

You're an old timer. So am I. I prefer the marching bands, but I confess to using half time to wait in line at the restrooms more often than not. That said, how unfortunate that the students don't meet your expectations. Heaven forbid that anyone should take into consideration the students. Aren't we still clinging to the notion that the athletic department is somehow connected to the university (you know, the big organization that teaches students)?


Tue, Oct 4, 2011 : 8:59 p.m.

What is wrong with Neil Diamond? Oh, and thanks for getting that song stuck in my head...the good times never felt so good.....


Tue, Oct 4, 2011 : 8:48 p.m.

Say it ain't so!!! FB halftime is time for marching bands, period. The NFL, especially the Super Bowl, has done away with marching bands in favor of "mainstream" entertainment. The only thing that has been gained is adding the phrase, "waredrobe malfunction" in our vocabulary. First, you're playing a "home game" in Dallas. Now you're talking about sidelining the two best marching bands on earth. You've got to be kidding. Is this another of Dave-the-pizza-man's ideas or was it cooked up by UM's notoriously liberal student body? By the way, if you have any confusion about which of the two best bands is superior, just remember TBDBITL. Side note: Please don't send me messages that UM's band "invented" Script Ohio. Neither Blue's band or any other school has never performed Script Ohio. Blue's band did form the letters O-H-I-O in cursive font. However, that is NOT "Script Ohio." Script Ohio is the process of starting in a Block "O" and then unravelling the form the word Ohio.


Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 3:01 p.m.

Yes, because "TBDBITL" is a moniker you created for yourselves, it's not gospel. You'd also like to lay claim to the "best college football team in the land," and "most honest," but those were unfortunately taken. O$U is certainly unraveling, you got that right.


Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 2:37 a.m.

Here, let me try this one that school in ohio has a lot of problems right now, yet some of their fan base feels compelled to come on here and jazz us, I think you have your own problems to worry about. See how your team plays when you ain't cheatin'? Talk about in denial

1st Down

Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 12:33 a.m.

blah blah blah...another cheater obsessed with Michigan...coming here to try and tell us how to do things... and a person who accuses Michigan of being arrogant, while in the same breath tells us how to do things... ignorance is bliss eh Ohio?


Tue, Oct 4, 2011 : 9:04 p.m.

The first part of your commentary is right on. The answer, according to the article, is the group of students. It is unknown at this time, to what reaction Dave Brandon has. I don't care who invented script Ohio. Hopefully, your marching band will be the highlight of your football season. May the Doom and Gloom force be with you.

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Tue, Oct 4, 2011 : 8:38 p.m.

This is a joke, right? Good Night and Good Luck

John of Saline

Tue, Oct 4, 2011 : 8:36 p.m.

Bad idea.


Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 1:40 p.m.

Yes John, why? Shawn Carter, a.k.a. Jay-Z, is a good friend of Warren Buffet. Shawn began putting his money in foreign currency long before most markets noticed the trend. He is also has a minority stake in the New Jersey Nets, err...Brooklyn Nets. And he, along with his other partners, are building a new stadium in Brooklyn for the team. With nearly a third of the fans students why not? After all, it's their team isn't it?


Wed, Oct 5, 2011 : 12:24 p.m.



Tue, Oct 4, 2011 : 8:34 p.m.

Uhm yeah, not!!