Nickelback to perform at Lions’ Thanksgiving game

The Detroit Lions say Canadian rock band Nickelback will play at

halftime of their Thanksgiving Day game against the Green Bay


The Detroit News says unconfirmed reports last week that

Nickelback would perform at Ford Field drew widespread opposition,

including an internet petition drive that gathered at least 50,000

signatures. Signers say they wanted a group with stronger local


Nickelback lead singer Chad Kroeger says in a statement that the

band from Hanna, Alberta, is ”honored to perform” and that he and

his bandmates ”always love playing in Detroit.”

Nickelback’s new album, ”Here and Now,” will be released Nov.


The Lions also say the National Anthem will be sung by Lauren

Alaina, who was runner-up in the 10th season of ”American