Dennis Rodman was seen holding court Wednesday night at the bar at Joe's Stone Crab, where our source tells us he was "slapping everyone on their back as hard as he could, screaming in a loud voice, totally wasted." After that, not even a North Korean dictator could command the beleaguered baller a table as he was overheard telling his group--a male friend and his parents--they'd have to leave and go to Prime 112 instead, saying he can always get a table there. Police approached and Rodman was overheard apologizing, saying he understood, whispering to the cop that he was "very sorry and respected the decision to kick him out." Was quite the scene, says our source, who says "he looked truly remorseful." Meanwhile, over at Prime 112, Rodman ended up happily nestled at an outdoor table on the restaurant's terrace and, at one point, smoking a cigar inside. "He's such a mess," said our Prime mole. And all was well again in his world. Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Pyongyang anymore.
December 06, 2012
UPDATE: On December 17, we heard from Mark Young, a past World Music Awards producer and publicist for Jennifer Lopez and Earth, Wind & Fire, both listed on the below press release, who told us, "Neither Jennifer or EWF are confirmed to participate on the show. Jennifer has a sold out concert in Puerto Rico as the final stop for her Dance Again World Tour on Dec 22. The show has been sold-out for months. An offer has been made to Earth, Wind & Fire by the organization, but nothing as been confirmed." This confirms our own suspicions as written in the original post that begins here and ends with a copied and pasted press release sent to us over the weekend:
On Wednesday, it was announced that the eurocentric World Music Awards, which usually take place in Monaco, would be held on Thursday, December 20 at Marlins Park of all places, a far cry from the aforementioned Principality. Just two weeks away, and not a single headliner has been announced. Shortly thereafter, the WMA website was down (and is still down a day later), allegedly due to the enormous amount of fan voting, according to the WMA's official Twitter account. Marlins Park tweeted that tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday. But for what? Who are people paying to see? According to Vanessa Menkes, Opium Group's Senior VP of Communications, "We were offered the afterparty for 500k with no confirmed talent." Strange. Very strange. Besides that, all we heard regaring this bizarre awards show was the same sound you hear during a typical Marlins game--crickets.
We did reach out to Monaco, specifically to Christiane Cane, Deputy Head of Press Department at Monte-Carlo SBM - Hotels & Casinos, who told us that yes, "The World Music Awards were organised for many years in the Principality," but had no further information on what it's doing in Miami. Cane directed us to WMA co-founder and executive producer John Martinotti, whom we emailed and have yet to hear back.
Today, we finally heard back from someone a little closer to home--Brandi Kolosky, the Miami-based Public Relations & Marketing Director of the WMA, whose employer, Crystal Custom Eyewear, is the show's co-producer. "The release will be sent out tomorrow once the managers of talent approve details, as I am sure you know, celebrities like the perfect timing to take place." We asked Kolosky why everything seems so last minute and why the show is in Miami instead of France and she said, "Last minute with the announcement is due to the change in location because the World Music Awards' message every year that they try to get across is one of peace and helping others, so therefore Hurricane Sandy victims are important as well as building a second WMA orphanage for children in Haiti." Um, ok. Stay tuned for the list of headliners. This should be interesting.
Update: The date has been changed to December 22 and, at long last, a press release, here in its bizarre entirety