'Seven Nation Army' Has Invaded a Lot of Spaces, but Not Belle Isle

June 28, 2018, 10:09 AM

Jack White (Photo: Kris Krug)

Belle Isle can host a Grand Prix and about a million fun runs, triathlons and similar races, but a 1,000-member band playing "Seven Nation Army?" Take a hike, hippies.

Brian McCollum reports that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources denied a permit to "The Amazing Race" to stage and film a mass performance of the White Stripes' classic July 3. 

A callout was issued Monday seeking singers, guitarists, bassists and drummers to take part in the shoot, though the TV program wasn't identified.

The show's crew had already filed an application to film at Belle Isle, which has operated as a Michigan state park since 2013. But the application didn't indicate the full extent of the project, an official with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) told the Free Press.

"There was an application to do a shoot," said Jason Fleming of the MDNR. "But it didn't mention 1,000 musicians."

A relocated performance is tentatively still on, McCollum writes, with an alternative site to be determined. 

"Seven Nation Army," released in 2003, was the No. 1 pop song for TV commercials as recently as last year, Billboard reports. The NFL has worn out the grooves on a few copies, too. That bass line has even proved irresistible to Dr. Dre, who has heard a few bass lines in his life. 

So it'll be the usual music from cars and Bluetooth speakers on Belle Isle for the holiday. Surely one will be playing the White Stripes. 

Read more:  Detroit Free Press

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