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Posted on Thu, Nov 24, 2011 : 6:28 p.m.

Detroit Lions fans welcome Nickelback - after a few boos - during halftime show

By Paula Gardner

About 55,000 people signed the online petition by a University of Michigan student asking that Canadian band Nickelback not be allowed to perform at the Thanksgiving Day halftime show at Ford Field.

But few of them seemed to be at the game, since - according to a Detroit News report - the band only got a smattering of boos before winning the crowd over with a song touting unity.


Photo courtesy of Dennis Guttman

Dennis Guttman, the U-M student who started the petition, still wasn't thrilled, according to the report, which said he asked reporter Adam Graham: "Did it sound as awful on TV as it did at Ford Field?"

Guttman gained notoriety in early November with his effort, landing on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and ESPN among other media outlets. He simply isn't a fan of the band and said he didn't think they'd represent Detroit well.

“I’m shocked. I wasn’t expecting to make news with it,” he told for a story looking at how many people were responding to his petition. “I figured it would get a bunch of signatures, but I had no idea it would be this many this fast and have so much news coverage.”

Read the full story (including a little explanation about the National Anthem mishap).



Fri, Nov 25, 2011 : 3:56 p.m.

"I'm shocked. I wasn't expecting to make news with it," he told for a story looking at how many people were responding to his petition. Really? You could get a 50,000 signatures on a petition to have Soupy Sales perform!

Mark Moore

Fri, Nov 25, 2011 : 7:21 a.m.

Check This Motown Tribute To Nickelback --&gt; <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Fri, Nov 25, 2011 : 4:24 a.m.

Honestly, starting a petition to stop a band just because they aren't your taste in music gives me the impression that this is someone that expects to always get their way in life. Well, unfortunately, not everyone can have their way all the time, so suck it up and take your losses gracefully instead of trying to drag other people down with you.