The Detroit Lions have selected Kid Rock to be the halftime performer at their annual Thanksgiving Day game, which is nationally televised. Kid Rock, is a native Detroit resident, and has been in attendance at numerous Detroit sporting events over the years.
Kid Rock will perform his new single “Detroit, Michigan” during the halftime show. The song is off of Kid’s new album “Rebel Soul”, which will be released November 19th. “Detroit, Michigan” pays tribute to many famous Detroit residents, including: Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Bob Seger, Eminem, Rosa Parks and Henry Ford. Kid Rock has sold over 25 million copies of his albums worldwide. This performance should also help his online digital sales. For the first time in his career, an album released by Kid Rock will appear on Apple’s iTunes.
Last year, the Lions were the center of a controversy concerning the selection of Canadian rock band Nickelback as the halftime performers. An online petition started by Dennis Guttman, a University of Michigan graduate, collected over 55,000 signatures in an attempt to secure a new performer. The petition was hosted on Change.org.
Nickelback, in response to the petition, released a video on comedy website Funny or Die. In the video, Nickelback wore outfits of famous Detroit residents to attempt to figure out why Detroit did not like their band. The costumes were Alice Cooper, Tom Selleck, Dave Coulier, and Robocop.
The Lions will take on the Houston Texans in the Thanksgiving game on November 22nd. The Texans, who are 8-1, are part of a vicious second half of the season for the Lions. The game marks the first appearance on Thanksgiving Day by the Texans. The Lions, who have been a part of the annual tradition for awhile, hold a 33-37-2 record on the holiday. The last time the Lions won on Thanksgiving Day was 2008. Kid Rock’s appearance will hopefully help the home team.