Pearl Jam continues to court political controversy, this time in Chicago where the band allowed former NBA star Dennis Rodman to take the stage and reportedly talk about North Korea to the crowd.
According to TMZ, the former Bulls star showed up to the band’s concert at PJ’s Wrigley Field on Saturday where he not only pontificated on North Korea, but also told concertgoers he thought they were the only ones who could understand his politics.
“You people here are the only people on this planet Earth [that] gave me support,” he says in the video below. “Thank all you guys!
The star continued with a promise to the city that when the day comes for him to die, he wants to be buried in Chicago.
Eddie Vedder took the stage back from him not long after and joked that he hoped that day would be as far away as possible.
As previously reported, Rodman has been a kind-of unofficial friend to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, even praising Trump for his recent meeting with him. Meanwhile, Pearl Jam has been in the spotlight over the artwork on one of its promotional posters in Montana. The poster depicted graphic images of not only Donald Trump’s corpse, but the White House on fire as well as prominent U.S. monuments ablaze.
Despite their opposing political stances, Rodman appears to have a soft spot for Pearl Jam given that he credits one of their albums with saving his life in a 2017 interview with Relix.
“I went and got that album [Ten] and I would played it every day. For some reason, ['Black'] was on, I think that saved my life,” he said.
You can watch part of Rodman’s Pearl Jam speech below.