Dennis Guttman’s campaign to convince the Detroit Lions to oust Nickelback as the halftime entertainment for the team’s annual Thanksgiving Day game is garnering tens of thousands of supporters and making national headlines.
Rather than watch the popular Canadian rock group take the stage at Ford Field in two weeks, Guttman would like to see an act that represents the city of Detroit and its rich musical history.
As of Thursday morning, more than 51,000 people agree.
But so far, Guttman and his growing legions of supporters have yet to name their candidate to replace Nickelback.
So let’s help them out with some locally sourced alternatives...
Stevie Wonder — A Michigan native, Stevie is a halftime show veteran, having graced the stage at Super Bowl XXXIII alongside Chaka Khan, Gloria Estefan, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Kiss (yes, it was a bit of a train wreck). He epitomizes the classic Detroit Motown sound, has a catalog loaded with hits and sing-a-longs and even after all these years, he’s still cool.
Kid Rock — Far removed from that atrocious hit “Bawitdaba” that landed him on the scene in 1999, Robert James Ritchie (yep, that’s his real name) has found a way to fuze multiple musical styles to stay relevant. Part hip hop, part twang and heavy on the rock, Kid Rock (Romeo, Mich.) is fully capable of those awkward collaborations NFL halftime shows are notorious for throwing together.
Aretha Franklin — The Detroit Lions are finally deserving of respect around the NFL, and who better to sing about it than The Queen of Soul? The Detroit native performed at Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009 and could seamlessly team with Stevie or other Motown legends like...
The Temptations — So they may have dipped into the autotune well in their latest album, Still Here, but their ability to adapt to the times proves just that — they’re still here.
Bob Seger — Sure, he’s 66, but who doesn’t love a little “Old Time Rock and Roll”? Roger Daltrey (67) and Pete Townshend (66) played the Super Bowl halftime show in 2010.
Eminem — The face of Detroit’s automobile industry revival would tear it up. Only two problems: 1) he’s the face of Chrysler, not Ford (whose owners own the team) and 2) can you fathom an Eminem performance that was PC enough to get on network television on an American family holiday? Didn’t think so.
Alice Cooper & Iggy Pop — Two crusty old rock stars always willing to throw on two coats of makeup before taking the stage. At least they would be entertaining to watch...
Jack White — Another rock star, but one who’s still under 40 and continues to churn out successful projects following his emergence as the main man in the The White Stripes. Another artist who seems capable of joining forces with an array of musicians with varying styles.
Mayer Hawthorne — Who? Yeah, you’re not alone. But this soul singer and Detroit native is the only artist (so far) to release a campaign video stating the case for why he should replace Nickelback.
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