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Monday, November 07, 2011

Nothing more American than Nickelback on Thanksgiving Day

The above mentioned band hails, like many, from our neighbor to the north, Canada. And despite the protest against them playing the halftime show of the Lions' Thanksgiving Day game, which has nearly 45,000 online signatures, there's nothing more American than their presence on that stage: Promotion to push your new product.
It would seem more relevant to pick a Detroit or otherwise American act. Some names tossed around include: Kid Rock, Bob Seger, Jack White, formerly of the White Stripes. How about Grammy winnter Eminem? Ann Arbor's Mayer Hawthorne, a musician, not a politician, has even declared himself eligible for the gig.
So why pick Nickelback you ask? Are these other artists unavailable? Maybe. Was that even considered? It's possible. What you may not have considered it the fact Nickelback is set to release its latest effort Nov. 21, three days before the fateful game. That alone makes them a credible act to grace the stage in honor of America's finest day of excess — Thanksgiving.
The holiday is set aside for eating too much and honoring the mentality that ultimately led to Manifest Destiny.
And of course, it's set aside to give thanks for the blessings in your life, but I assume there aren't too many Americans who would take a second to give thanks to Nickelback, regardless if they perform at Ford Field.


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