Nickelback played their NFL halftime show in Detroit last week despite the 5500 names that the signed a petition trying to prevent them from playing. But it turns out, that the person that started the petition was hoping to score the coveted spot for another artist.
Hennemusic reports today (11/28/11) that Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger revealed to CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos that petition initiator had ulterior motives.
The singer explains, “There is an individual, who is a local artist. ‘Artist’ wanted to play the halftime show. So the guy who started the petition has something to do with [this Artist], and thought to himself, ‘how do I get my buddy to be able to play the halftime show. I will start a petition.”
The name of the Detroit “Artist” was not revealed.
The much maligned Canuck rockers recently came up with a tongue-in-cheek response to the Detroit petitioners trying to prevent the Canuck rockers from playing at a today’s NFL game by starring in a new profanity laded video on the comedy site FunnyorDie.com.
The band play a short (4min) but sweet set at he Detroit Lions game Thursday (11/24/11), and also played a well received show at Grey Cup halftime yesterday in Vancouver.
The Hannah, AB natives who just released their 7th studio album Here and Now, topped HMV’s Canadian sales charts last, and will likely place No 1 this week on the Nielson Soundscan charts.
Did you know? Nickelback was not paid for performing at Thursday’s United Way sponsored NFL halftime show in Detroit. The band is currently participating in a campaign supporting United Way education programs and the charity’s officials have publicly defended their choice.