You are viewing this article in the archives. For the latest breaking news and updates in Ann Arbor and the surrounding area, see
Posted on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 5:38 p.m.

Nickelback to play at Lions game; petition creator expresses disappointment

By Cindy Heflin


The NFL and United Way announced Nickelback will perform at the Detroit Lions-Green Bay Packers Thanksgiving Day game at Ford Field in Detroit.

Despite the nearly 52,000 signatures on Dennis Guttman’s online petition, the NFL made it official today. Canadian rock band Nickelback will provide the halftime entertainment for the Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day game, the Detroit News reported.

Guttman, who learned of the announcement in a phone call from this afternoon, said he was disappointed.

"You know, I hope it works out well for them, but there are a lot of people who will be unhappy with the choice,” he said. “I’m just going to go to the game and try to have a good time. I like my Lions more than I dislike Nickelback.”


Dennis Guttman

Guttman, a University of Michigan graduate student, started his petition at after media reports last week that Nickelback had been chosen for the show. The NFL then noted that no official announcement had been made regarding halftime entertainment for the Lions' game at Ford Field against the Green Bay Packers.

Earlier this week, Guttman told that he doesn't think the Canadian band’s music represents Detroit well. Guttman has also said the fact that the band is Canadian and that Thanksgiving is an American holiday doesn't sit well with some fans.

He said he respects Nickelback as a band even though he doesn’t like the group’s music. “I’ll watch the show with an open mind and see if they can get me to change my mind about them, but it would have been nice to see them react to the fans' response.”



Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 4:57 p.m.

Good grief, get a life!


Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 3:27 p.m.

When the cultivated elite leave their 27 square mile bubble and venture out into reality the result is generally a smackdown.


Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 2:32 p.m.

What buffoonery. The University of Michigan must have lowered its standards if its students have nothing better to do than this.

Monica R-W

Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 6:28 a.m.

What's wrong with Nickelback? I happen to like their music. Canadians shouldn't sing on Thanksgiving at Ford Field? Learn something new everyday.


Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 4:13 a.m.

This is news really? News that this guy didn't get what he wanted? I personally could care less. Not everyone is going to like everything. You get the singers who sing the National Anthem...who can't give a live performance if their life depended on it. We were all witness that that with Christina Aguilera. So....plug your ears, turn the station, eat some leftovers, let the dog out, take a catnap, or whatever. Then come back and enjoy the game. Go Lions.


Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 4:36 a.m.

We were all witness "to" that.


Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 3:20 a.m.

OK his 15 minutes of fame is over!

average joe

Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 1:29 a.m.

Maybe now Mr. Guttman can focus his attention on other endeavors, like feeding the hungry, shelter for the homeless, etc.


Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 3:29 p.m.

I'm pretty certain. He doesn't fit the profile.

Rob Henderson

Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 2:51 p.m.

Are you so certain that he wasn't already doing some amount of charitable work as well?


Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 2:52 a.m.

or maybe his education.

Kai Petainen

Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 1:17 a.m.

The Canadian in me is delighted that they are playing. Most Canadians live quite close to the US border. We're friends. Sometimes you celebrate the Canadian thanksgiving, and we celebrate yours as well. It might sound odd, but I celebrate both.


Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 1:14 a.m.

Why on earth does this deserve three seperate stories over a week? Why is this on the front page?


Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 12:59 a.m.

You guys forgot Michigan's greatest musician and performer. He also would be the best for a thanksgiving celebration since it is about the harvest. THE NUGE!!!! Ted Nugent

Marie Willnow

Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 12:39 a.m.

In a year from now will anyone even care about who performed at halftime during the Thanksgiving day game?

Monica R-W

Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 6:30 a.m.

Nope, or even remember Marie. That is unless the Lions beat Green Bay. :)


Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 2:36 a.m.

I don't care now, a year from now.....


Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 12:29 a.m.

Is this under the heading "Get a life"?


Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 12:27 a.m.

Although i like Aretha Franklin, we've heard her a lot but not Nickelback. How about Kid Rock, Eminem, Detroit's Mosaic Youth performers? The artists don't necessarily have to be from Detroit how about a performer or group that more Detroiters can identify with. What about Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, LMFAO, Katy Perry, even Lady GaGA. Lots of choices, but Nickelback? Who?


Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 12:22 a.m.

That's it, I will never watch pro-ball again.

Macabre Sunset

Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 11:15 p.m.

On facebook, you can get 52,000 signatures for the statement, "shall I name my newborn baby girl Carburetor?" I don't get Nickelback, either. I assume this petition was started on a lark. But the media really should have something better to do than to report on this.

Smart Logic

Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 5:04 p.m.

I still enjoy the 1 million signatures to name the newborn "Megatron"

Tom Todd

Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 10:59 p.m.

I hope Nickelback calls him out in front of everyone.


Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 9:55 p.m.

I hope all 65,000 fans call them out for being Nickelback.