Maybe you missed Dennis Rodman appearing at a concert Sunday night at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, in which he “sang” a few lines to Live’s (yes, that Live) “Lightning Crashes.”
Okay, you almost definitely missed it.
Try to forget that Live invited Dennis Rodman to sing a song about the simultaneous death of a woman and the birth of a child, and just focus on the fact that this was happening. A former NBA star who over the last five years has been attempting to broker peace between the United States and North Korea was on stage in the Houston area, wearing an AnyTickets.com T-shirt and singing a classic '90s alternative hit.
Why? The answer is on the T-shirt.
Rodman is the new head of business development at AnyTickets.com, which held a press conference Monday to announce Rodman’s new position, in which the former NBA star will help handle “once-in-a-lifetime” experience packages for clients. AnyTickets describes these packages as the opportunity to, among other things, "take batting practice at a Major League Baseball game, have dinner with a TV or movie star, attend a Hollywood party as a VIP."
So Monday, inside a space surrounded by black curtains, Rodman took a seat on a gilded throne padded with zebra print. Decorative human skulls sat on a nearby bookshelf (Rodman: “Home Depot?”), while besides Rodman—dressed in the appropriate press conference attire of an AnyTickets.com T-shirt and workout pants—was a table showing 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend tickets, two cigars, and a Houston Astros world championship ring.
One may imagine Rodman’s job is to help clients meet stars at the NBA All-Star Weekend, or smoke cigars with Astros players. Or, we can have Dennis tell us for himself what he’s doing:
“Just coming in and being me. I think it’s more and more what I do already. I meet a lot of people around the world. I meet really cool people, really interesting people, that’s very intriguing people. I think that’s the reason why this company is so intriguing. Because they just don’t do tickets. They do tickets, AnyTickets.com, they do tickets, the full experience about when you buy the ticket. It ain’t just the fact that you’re just gonna walk in the door and ... ‘Hi it’s a concert, OK I’m here.’ It’s more like they want you to experience the whole value of the ticket. If you’re gonna buy a ticket that’s worth about $2,000 or $3,000 you’re gonna get your f**king money’s worth. … You’re gonna see Kanye West, James Harden, Chris Paul, stuff like that, you’re gonna get the whole value of that ticket.”
So, in essence, as the company said, Rodman is going to help AnyTickets.com’s clients have once-in-a-lifetime experiences with celebrities. And he’s in Houston most of the time?
“We’re just communicating more on the phone. And pretty much I travel down here and they’ll travel to California. My connection with the world, I think, is very very important to this company because they want to be the only company in this business to have that experience with people. Because people these days they don’t want autographs, they want to be right there ... They want to be beside to take a picture and—”
He stopped because his phone rang. Rodman carries a flip phone.
“Working with AnyTickets.com would get me an iPad, right? Or an iPhone, right?”
Rodman, who lives in Newport Beach, California, said he'll visit Houston (which he said was really hot) “quite a few often” to meet with the AnyTickets team, but that he doesn’t travel often. Which is funny, because Rodman makes a lot of news for traveling. Back in March he and Kanye West bonded at the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. In June he was spotted singing “Happy Birthday” to a customer at a San Diego restaurant. And also in June, he flew to Singapore attempting to join in on the summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.
Also Rodman has traveled to North Korea probably more than any other American over the last five years.
Speaking of, when asked about his thoughts concerning the relationship between Trump and Jong Un, handlers immediately yelled “Next question.” Damn.
A few more items from the conference:
Rodman said he feels Kobe Bryant, during his prime, was a better basketball player than LeBron James. "Kobe was everything,” said Rodman. “But LeBron is LeBron, he’s the face of the NBA. If he wins in LA, pay him.”
Despite all the opportunities Rodman will reportedly give AnyTickets clients, he’d rather spend time hanging with any old person on the street. Celebrities aren’t his thing. “I’ve never hung out with an athlete in my life, or any stars.”
Said the guy who befriended the president of North Korea. He did mention his relationships with Carmen Electra, Madonna, and Sharon Stone, but then he said, “To me they ain’t stars.”
Also, Rodman wanted to assure everyone that this job at AnyTickets isn’t about him. In fact, it’s never been about him:
“I never talk about myself. I never talk about Dennis Rodman. I always talk about the people. This is a whole good thing for me, to show the good people of the world that basically it’s not all about me. It’s about you guys, how you’re gonna create this whole experience and have it for the rest of your life.”
Glad to have you in town (sometimes), Worm.