Long before he was North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s best buddy, Dennis Rodman was an NBA super star playing for the Chicago Bulls.  On top of that, he was a huge fan of the 90s alternative rock band Pearl Jam.  He was such a big fan that, in the late 90s, he made several appearances on stage with band.

On September 26th, 1996, Pearl Jam brought their No Code Tour to the Augusta Civic Center.  When they reached the climax of “Alive”, Rodman made his way on stage and offered Eddie Vedder some red wine.  Vedder accepted and hopped on Rodman’s back, riding him around the stage.  Rodman was later given a Walkman with Eddie Vedder’s initial carved in it.  The cassette player contained a recording of the performance.  The Chicago Bulls’ player has said this was one of the most thrilling experiences of his life.

It is believed the following Youtube video shows that event.  Look for it at about 11 seconds into the video.

Other acts that have performed at the Augusta Civic Center include: Matchbox Twenty, 80s rocker Bryan Adams, Vermont-based jam band Phish, country singer Brad Paisley,  metal band Slayer, and the King of Rock And Roll, Elvis Presley.

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