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Mayer Hawthorne to perform alternative Thanksgiving halftime show online

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A Michigan musician is offering an alternate halftime show for Thursday's (Nov. 24) Detroit Lions game.

Undeterred by Nickelback's scheduled performance at Ford Field, Mayer Hawthorne -- who campaigned online to replace the Canadian quartet -- will offer a Hawthorne Halftime at www.rollingstone.com. In a message posted on the site Wednesday (Nov. 23), Hawthorne says that he'll be performing from the basement of his parent's house in the Ann Arbor area, with his father playing bass.

Hawthorne -- who released his sophomore album, "How Do You Do," in October -- told the web site that he'll "play a short medley of favorites and some songs especially for Detroit. The band will be all local musicians from Detroit. We'll be watching the game upstairs!"

Hawthorne launched his halftime campaign after an online petition to replace Nickelback with a Detroit or Michigan act gained steam; the drive eventually netted more than 50,000 signatures but did not change the minds of the National Football League, the Lions or the United Way, which is the beneficiary of the halftime show.

Nickelback posted a "response" video to the controversy on Tuesday (Nov. 22) on the web site FunnyorDie.com.

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