If you happen to be among the Canadians baking in this week’s heat wave, perhaps it will do you some good to reminisce on the fall.
Specifically, those pleasantly cool November days when an announcement that Canadian rock band/punching bag Nickelback would be the halftime entertainment — er, performers — at the Packers-Lions Thanksgiving Day game in Detroit was greeted with howls of disdain and, eventually, an online petition politely asking the rockers to take a walk.
In response, a handful of New York musicians volunteered their services by giving the Nickelback formula a healthy injection of Motown soul in a video that swiftly went viral.
Among those who noticed it were the folks at Live at Squamish, who invited the Motown Tribute to Nickelback to perform at the festival in August. Not content to be a gag in band’s clothing, the musicians have taken to Kickstarter to raise funds for a full album of Motown-styled Nickelback covers.
Offering goodies ranging from digital copies of the eventual album, voicemail serenades and private tambourine tutorials, the dapper gang are hoping to muster up $3,000 so they can arrive in B.C. with an oeuvre of their very own.