November 12, 2011 15:15:05 GMT
The rock band are confirmed as the half-time act at the upcoming Thanksgiving game, saying they are 'honored'.
Nickelback risk the chance of being booed or pelted by fans of The Detroit Lions. The rockers reportedly are not favorable to perform at the upcoming Thanksgiving Day game between Lions and Packers at Ford Field.
"We are honored to perform at the United Way halftime show on Thanksgiving Day," Nickelback lead singer Chad Kroeger said in a statement. "We always love playing in Detroit, our fans there have been tremendously supportive of us through the years and we can't wait to come back and celebrate an exciting day for the Lions and the city of Detroit."
Fans of Lions did not want them to perform because the band do not represent Detroit and could be performing for the sole reason of promoting their November 21 album. A petition to scrap them from the list was created on Change.org by Michigan resident Dennis Guttman. It had gained more than 52,000 signatures within eight days.
"This game is nationally televised; do we really want the rest of the U.S. to associate Detroit with Nickelback?" the petition declares. "Detroit is home to so many great musicians and they chose Nickelback?!?!?! Does anyone even like Nickelback? Is this some sort of ploy to get people to leave their seats during halftime to spend money on alcoholic beverages and concessions?"
In addition to Nickelback, the game will feature "American Idol" season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina singing the national anthem.