Nickelback's cameo-stuffed 'Rockstar' video

Greetings, PopWatchers. It’s time to play "Name that Celebrity Cameo," starring this week’s special guest… Nickelback!

Check out the music video for "Rockstar," whichwas a single off the Canadian band’s 2005 album All the Right Reasons but for some reason never had a video.Perhaps it took two years to make all the calls necessary to create this clip,which is low on production value but high on star sightings. As Chad Kroegercroons about living the high life, various celebrities and everyday people lip-synchthe words, which are at times pretty amusing — my favorite part is when Kroegersings "Sign a couple autographs so Ican get my meals for free" and then ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons deadpans,"I’ll take the quesadilla." And my favorite lip-syncher is definitelythe messenger bag-toting dude rocking out in front of "Hills High School" — if this doesn’tget him a role as a bully in the next BringIt On, I don’t know what will.

In many ways, this video is like one of those time capsulesyou make in grade school. Someone can dig this up in 30 years and discover apretty comprehensive swath of pop culture personalities from around the turn ofthe millennium. This is how you remind me… ofsome people that used to be famous.

Anyway, I don’t want to spoil the fun, so I’ll turn it overto you, PopWatchers. Let us know whom you spot in the comments below.

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  • marykate

    how is nickleback popular?

  • Dana

    SO, we got Grant Hill, Wayne Gretsky, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Paul Wall, Hugh Heffner’s girlfriends, Kid Rock, 3 6 Mafia, Gene Simmons,….too many to name!

  • Vicky

    Interesting video…too bad it’s to a Nickelback song…

  • Dyan

    Nelly Furtado, Eliza Dushku, Ted Nugent, Wayne Gretzky, Kid Rock, a country singer that I don’t know (maybe one of Big and Rich), the “girls next door”, Grant Hill, Dominique Swain (I think), Gene Simmons, and so many more…I always wondered why there wasn’t a video for this.

  • hannah

    Dominique Swain, Billy Gibbons,Nelly Furtado, Kid Rock, John Rich, Gene Simmons, Ted Nugent, Taryn Manning, Eliza Dushku, Naked Cowboy, Daisy Marie, Chuck Liddell, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Paul Wall, Wayne Gretzky, Elliot Segal, Federico Castelluccio, Grant Hill, Lupe Fiasco, Twista, Hef’s gals, American Choppers guys

  • Tiki

    plus The American Chopper Crew, UFC lightweight fighter Chuck Liddell, Taryn Manning, Lupe Fiasco, the naked Cowboy, the Sopranos’ Federico Castelluccio

  • jason

    what a BUNCH of hypocrites. nickelback, seriously? despise the song and the video.

  • Lucy

    I don’t like Nickelback or this song, but this is kind of cute.

  • Ceballos

    Yeah, I’m sure when people look back at this video as a time capsule 50 years from now they’ll learn that Billy Gibbons, Taryn Manning and Paul Wall were HUGE in 2007 (or 2005)…or not.
    Gawd I hate Nickelback.

  • Ceballos

    Yeah, I’m sure when people look back at this video as a time capsule 50 years from now they’ll learn that Billy Gibbons, Taryn Manning and Paul Wall were HUGE in 2007 (or 2005)…or not.
    Gawd I hate Nickelback.

  • Laurie

    I have so much less respect for all of the people who chose to be in this video, even ones I had zero respect for previously. Nickelback blows.

  • Annie

    Wayne Gretzky will show up for anything won’t he.
    This video makes me hate this song less. I like the mix of famous, why-are-they-famous, wannabe-famous, and non-famous people. Very appropos.

  • BLM

    I was going to say that this video saved us from having to look at Nickelback’s ugly faces, but then they show up for the last 3 seconds. Dang, they are BUTT! The song and video both suck. I wonder how much Nelly Furtado got paid to lose her dignity?

  • Joslyn

    Huh, I submitted this as my Must List item a few weeks back. I’m still not a fan of the song or Nickelback in general but the celebrity-spotting is fun. I enjoy Dale Jr – he looks like he’s working so hard to get the lip-synching right and Kid Rock for the exact opposite reason – he just couldn’t really care less.

  • Meier

    Does the Naked Cowboy have it in his contract (if he has one) that he must be in every “on the street” music video? I know he was in Cake’s NYC version of “Short Skirt, Long Jacket.”
    Also, I’m glad I’m not alone in despising this song. “Rockstar” is a country song performed by Canadians – the epitome of contradictions.
    Drives me nuts.

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