Here are the biggest, best and funniest campaigns organised by music lovers...
Petitions were once the territory of local lobbyists trying to stop neighbours from building conservatories. Now, they’re a way for fans to make their dreams come true. In 2013 more than 100,000 people signed a petition demanding that Justin Bieber was deported from the US.
In December 2013, a petition was launched requesting ‘Paul’s Boutique’ intersection in Manhattan be named ‘Beastie Boys Square’. The hip-hop group’s 1989 album cover was shot at the corner of Ludlow and Rivington Streets. More than 1,653 supporters have signed up.
In October 2010, Weezer were offered $10million to split up by an online petition. “Every year, Rivers Cuomo swears that he’s changed, and that their new album is the best thing that he’s done since ‘Pinkerton’, and what happens? Another pile of crap like ‘Beverly Hills’,” wrote the organiser James Burns of his reasons for wishing Weezer gone. Donated funds fell well short of the target.
At the end of 2013, more than 7,000 people signed a petition to get the horse that kicked Dappy in the face awarded the Outstanding Contribution To Music prize at the Brits 2014.
A lobbyist known only as ‘BiennalYe’ launched a petition in November 2013 to get Kanye West appointed the curator of the 2015 Venice Art Biennale. He writes: “We feel damn sure he would put on a decent exhibition, and give a stagnant art world a significant kick with his Yeezys.” The effort is nearing 1,000 signatures.
Nearly 5,000 fans signed a petition to erect a statue of grime artist Wiley in his home borough Bow in October 2013. Julie Adenuga, who started the campaign, wrote: “It’s refreshing to be reminded of uplifting and entertaining role models, especially ones who were born and nurtured on the same streets as us.”
Almost 50,000 fans have lobbied the National Football League demanding GWAR follow in the footsteps of Beyonce and Madonna and perform at the 2015 Super Bowl Halftime Show. “GWAR is more American than apple pie,” posts organiser Jeff Cantrell.
In August 2013, fans started a petition to get a road in Notorious BIG’s native Brooklyn named after the rapper. Nearly 4,000 people have now pledged their support for ‘Christopher Wallace Way’.
In March 2013, fans flocked to petition website We The People to demand R Kelly’s ‘Ignition (Remix)’ was made the US national anthem. The text read: “We, the undersigned, would like the Obama administration to recognise the need for a new national anthem, one that even a decade after its creation, is still hot and fresh out the kitchen.”
After My Chemical Romance’s abrupt split in March 2013, the MCRmy rallied support for the band to do a goodbye tour. More than 20,000 fans have signed the petition so far.
Fans of American football team the Detroit Lions were furious that Nickelback were going to play at their Thanksgiving match in November 2011. An online petition was launched, with organiser Dennis Guttman writing: “Do we really want the rest of the US to associate Detroit with Nickelback?”. It got more than 50,000 signatures, but Nickelback still played.
In January 2011, a petition signed by 318 supporters was presented to Stoke-on-Trent City Council requesting statues of Guns ‘n’ Roses guitarist Slash and Motorhead frontman Lemmy were erected in the city. The council said they were willing to work with the campaigners, but wouldn’t offer funding.
Lobbyists launched a campaign to get Bono to “retire from public life” in August 2008. The plan was to raise money to give to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, but only give it if the singer disappeared. They raised $390.
When Led Zeppelin played a UK comeback show in 2007, a petition was started by international fans trying to get the band to tour the world. It gained more than 16,000 supporters, but the tour is yet to happen. (Although Robert Plant has recently hinted at a 2014 reunion tour. Better late than never, eh?)
When Tony Wilson died in August 2007, fans started an online petition to get a statue of the Manchester music legend built in the city. It gained 2,624 signatures. Council talks, about whether naming a city street or square after him is appropriate, are still ongoing.