Rockstar: Nickelback

I’ve heard this song a few times on the radio, and the last time I surprised myself by knowing most of the lyrics, let alone the shock that I was actually rocking out, in public, to Nickelback. 

The video is even better, and I’ve just spent the last hour driving the cat bezerk by replaying it, then cross-referencing the Wikipedia entry that lists all of the famous and not-so famous landmarks and people starring in the vid. 

The video features celebrities and non-celebrities lip synching to the lyrics. The non-celebrities are often filmed in front of iconic landmarks, such as Times Square in New York and Millennium Park in Chicago. Celebrities include Billy Gibbons (who voices his lines in the song), Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Eliza Dushku, Gene Simmons, Wayne Gretzky, Big & Rich’s John Rich, the cast of The Girls Next Door, Kid Rock, Lupe Fiasco, Nelly Furtado, the crew from American Chopper, Paul Wall, Ted Nugent, and numerous others. Sometimes the lyric they are lip synching relates to themselves. At the end of the video Nickelback is shown playing live on stage.

Of course, nothing Nickelback releases goes without being spoofed.  On this ocassion, the original is the better.

Click after the jump to read the list of (so far) identified participants and their lyric and shot.

  1. Boy at a baseball field: “I’m through with standing in line to clubs I’ll never get in”
  2. Lindsey Shaw in front of the Cloud Gate: “It’s like the bottom of the ninth”
  3. Man in front of the Flatiron Building: “and I’m never gonna win”
  4. Cindy Taylor on a pool float: “This life hasn’t turned out”
  5. Old woman on the Millennium Bridge in front of St Paul’s Cathedral: “quite the way I want it to be”
  6. Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top: “Tell me what you want” (voiceover)
  7. Wayne Gretzky: “I want a brand new house”
  8. Three women in Times Square: “on an episode of Cribs”
  9. Kendra Wilkinson in front of the Playboy Mansion: “And a bathroom I can play baseball in”
  10. New York City policeman: “And a king size tub”
  11. Gene Simmons in front of his wall of gold and platinum records: “big enough for ten”
  12. Paul Wall in front of a highway: “plus me”
  13. Billy Gibbons again: “Yeah, so whatcha need” (voiceover)
  14. Park ranger at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park: “I’ll need a, a credit card”
  15. Dominique Swain in a bubblebath: “that’s got no limit”
  16. Three men (one US MP, one East German border guard, and one civilian) at Checkpoint Charlie facing the American Sector: “And a big black jet”
  17. Twista, Mayz from the Speedknot Mobstaz, and unknown man riding in a limo: “with a bedroom in it”
  18. Man in Grand Central Terminal: “Gonna join the mile high club”
  19. Holly Madison in the Playboy Mansion grotto: “at thirty-seven thousand feet”
  20. Woman in Los Angeles: “Been there, done that” (Billy Gibbons voiceover)
  21. Brett Ryan in Union Square: “I want a new tour bus”
  22. The Wendy Osserman Dance Company and Brett Ryan: “full of old guitars”
  23. Three girls on the bank of the Chicago River in front of Marina City: “My own star on Hollywood Boulevard”
  24. Gene Simmons again: “Somewhere between Cher”
  25. Paul Teutul, Sr. of Orange County Choppers: “and James Dean is fine for me”
  26. Billy Gibbons again: “So how you gonna do it?” (voiceover)
  27. John Rich on a pool table with a banjo: “I’m gonna trade this life”
  28. Woman in Union Square: “for fortune and fame”
  29. Chuck Liddell: “I’ll even cut my hair”
  30. Man in a Chinese restaurant: “and change my name”
  31. Two Blazin’ Saddles employees[7] in front of a General Lee-inspired RV: “‘Cause we all just wanna be”
  32. Eight kids in front of the Sydney Harbour Bridge: “big rockstars”
  33. Wayne Gretzky again: “and live in hilltop houses”
  34. Parking valet at Jones Hollywood in West Hollywood: “driving fifteen cars”
  35. Brian Walton on Lambeth Palace Road in front of the Houses of Parliament: “The girls come easy and the drugs come cheap”
  36. Jenna Westerbeck sunbathing: “We’ll all stay skinny”
  37. Kid Rock: “cause we just won’t eat/And we’ll”
  38. Twista, Mayz, and unknown man again: “hang out in the coolest bars”
  39. Jessie Coleman in Grand Central Terminal: “In the VIP”
  40. Eliza Dushku: “with the movie stars”
  41. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in front of a Union 76 gas station: “Every good gold digger’s”
  42. Taryn Manning: “Gonna wind up there”
  43. Paul Wall again: “Every Playboy bunny”
  44. Two women in the middle of Davie Street: “With her bleach blond hair”
  45. Jerry Cantrell under Chicago’s El tracks and in front of Double Door: “And we’ll/Hey hey”
  46. Liam Lynch in Union Square: “I wanna be a”
  47. Nelly Furtado on tour bus: “rockstar”
  48. Man in front of the same highway as Paul Wall above
  49. Man in Union Square
  50. Two women in Grand Central Terminal: “Hey”
  51. Chuck Liddell again with man in a headlock:“hey”
  52. Boy in grocery store: “I wanna be a rockstar”
  53. Paul Teutul, Jr., Paul Teutul, Sr., and Mikey from Orange County Choppers flexing muscles
  54. Man in front of Marina City: “I wanna be great like Elvis”
  55. Elvis impersonator: “without the tassels”
  56. Federico Castelluccio from The Sopranos: “Hire eight body guards”
  57. Chuck Liddell again: “that love to beat up assholes”
  58. Grant Hill signing basketball: “Sign a couple autographs/So I can”
  59. Man in Union Square again: “eat my meals for free”
  60. Billy Gibbons again: “I’ll have the quesadilla” (voiceover)
  61. Paul Wall again: “Ha ha” (Billy Gibbons voiceover)
  62. Man and woman in the middle of Davie Street: “I’m gonna dress my ass”
  63. Ted Nugent: “with the latest fashion”
  64. Man and woman in front of the Cloud Gate: “Get a front door key”
  65. Kendra Wilkinson, Holly Madison, and Bridget Marquardt from The Girls Next Door: “to the Playboy mansion”
  66. Man in front of the Flatiron Building: “Gonna date a centerfold”
  67. Two teenagers in Washington Square Park: “that loves to blow my money for me”
  68. Billy Gibbons again: “So how you gonna do it?” (voiceover)
  69. Paul Teutul, Jr., Paul Teutul, Sr., and Mikey from Orange County Choppers again: “I’m gonna trade this life”
  70. Man and woman in front of the Reichstag building: “For fortune and fame”
  71. Jordan Carlos overlooking Los Angeles: “I’d even cut my hair”
  72. Man in front of the New York Stock Exchange: “And change my name”
  73. Man at a pink bus-stop bench on Davie Street: “‘Cause we all just wanna be”
  74. Lupe Fiasco on a table: “big rockstars”
  75. Woman in front of the Brandenburg Gate: “And live in hilltop houses”
  76. Woman in front of the Chicago Theater: “driving fifteen cars”
  77. Two women at the beach: “The girls come easy”
  78. Taryn Manning again: “and the drugs come cheap”
  79. Eliza Dushku again: “We’ll all stay skinny”
  80. Woman in front of the Sydney Harbour Bridge: “’cause we just won’t eat”
  81. Three women dancing in front of the Yogi-Snack in Berlin: “And we’ll hang out in the coolest bars”
  82. Gene Simmons again: “In the VIP”
  83. Dominique Swain again: “with the movie stars”
  84. Lupe Fiasco again: “Every good gold digger’s”
  85. Chuck Liddell again: “gonna wind up there”
  86. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. again: “Every Playboy bunny”
  87. Two girls in Times Square: “with her bleach blond hair”
  88. Man in front of Beverly Hills High School: “And we’ll hide out in the private rooms”‘
  89. Eliza Dushku again: “With the latest dictionary”
  90. Federico Castelluccio again: “and today’s who’s who”
  91. Riki Lindhome at the beach: “They’ll get you anything with that evil smile”
  92. Kid Rock again: “Everybody’s got a drug dealer on speed dial/Well”
  93. Steel worker: “Hey hey I wanna be a rockstar”
  94. John Rich again, smashing a guitar
  95. Three women in the middle of Davie Street: “I’m gonna sing those songs that offend the censors”
  96. Te’DeVan Rocketman Wacha Kurzweil in Union Square: “Gonna pop my pills from a Pez dispenser”
  97. Lupe Fiasco again: “Get washed-up singers”
  98. Boy in front of a mixing console: “writing all my songs”
  99. Gwenno Pipette overlooking Los Angeles: “Lip sync ’em every night”
  100. Daniel Self at City Market in Raleigh: “so I don’t get ’em wrong”
  101. Man on street corner in New York City’s Chinatown: “Well we all just wanna be”
  102. Man in front of Big Acorn in Raleigh: “big rockstars”
  103. Eight Blazin’ Saddles employees at City Market in Raleigh: “And live in hilltop houses”
  104. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. again:“driving fifteen cars”
  105. The Naked Cowboy in Times Square: “The girls come easy and the drugs come cheap”
  106. Woman at the beach: “We’ll all stay skinny”
  107. Brandon Berman in Times Square: “’cause we just won’t eat”
  108. Cindy Taylor again: “And we’ll hang out in the coolest bars”
  109. Woman in front of Buckingham Fountain: “In the VIP”
  110. Grant Hill again: “with the movie stars”
  111. Jayson Woolley in Union Square: “Every good gold digger’s”
  112. Ted Nugent again: “gonna wind up there”
  113. Holly Madison again: “Every Playboy”
  114. Bridget Marquardt in a pink bed: “bunny with her bleach”
  115. Kendra Wilkinson again: “blond hair/And we’ll”
  116. Laurie Picken standing next to City Hall in front of Tower Bridge: “hide out in the private rooms”
  117. Nelly Furtado again: “With the latest dictionary and today’s”
  118. Two women in front of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge: “Who’s Who/They’ll get you anything”
  119. Kid Rock again: “with that evil smile/Everybody’s”
  120. Ted Nugent again: “got a drug dealer on speed dial/Well”
  121. John Rich again: “hey”
  122. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. again: “hey”
  123. Worker in front of Marina City with a Michigan State University sweatshirt: “I wanna be a rockstar”
  124. Wayne Gretzky again, splashing a pool with a hockey stick
  125. Kendra Wilkinson again dancing
  126. Nelly Furtado again: “Hey”
  127. Gene Simmons again: “hey”
  128. Nickelback fans at Comcast Center for the Performing Arts concert singing: “I wanna be a rockstar”
  129. Pan to Chad Kroeger, pan to Mike Kroeger and Ryan Peake

2 responses to “Rockstar: Nickelback

  1. I like the video…but isn’t the song really just “Cover of the Rolling Stone” for the new century?

  2. 1985 Dire Straits song “Money for Nothing ”
    1978 Joe Walsh “Life’s Been Good”
    1973 Dr. Hook “Cover of the Rolling Stone”
    1967 The Byrds “So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star”

    and probably more the longer rock is around 🙂

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