The members of Nickelback have remained largely silent about the controversy over their booking to play during halftime of the Detroit Lions' Thanksgiving Day game against the Green Bay Packers.
The Canadian rockers -- who released their seventh album, "Here and Now," this week -- have posted a tongue-in-cheek "response" at the web site FunnyorDie.com. It depicts the band members speaking to a pair of crisis counselors about the issue, consulting the band to "tap into" Detroit's entertainment heritage -- even to the point of changing the group name to the Four Nickels, ala Motown's the Four Tops. It also features the group members dressed as Alice Cooper, Tom Selleck, Robocop and Dave Coulier.
After word of the group's booking leaded in early November, Nickelback was the subject of an online petition drive that drew more than 70,000 cyber signatures requesting their ouster in favor of a local act. The National Football League and the United Way, which is the beneficiary of the halftime show, elected to proceed with Nickelback despite the outcry.