Last year, an ensemble called the Rockin’1000 made an impassioned rock and roll plea for the Foo Fighters to come to Cesena, Italy on their tour of Europe. The video naturally went viral and wound up being successful, as the Foos added a performance at Carisport on their Sonic Highways tour.When you have a thousand musicians already assembled, the next step is to put on a performance with all of them. That’s just what the Rockin’1000 did, when they hosted the “That’s Live” performance at Orogel Stadium last weekend. The band, split up into singers, guitarists, bassists, and drummers, performed a revue of rock and roll history.Among that revue was the song “Rebel Rebel,” played as a tribute to the late great David Bowie. Watch the video of that tribute below, as shared by the band.
[email protected] @MWhicker03LANG on TwiterAndrew Friedman did not draw up those swollen contracts.He did not give Zack Greinke a trap door to fall through. He did not jam five outfielders into a 3-car garage. Neither did he darken the TVs of Dodgers fans. Nor persuade Vin Scully to retire, at least not intentionally.But now you’re going to ask what Andrew Friedman is actually doing. Without a crystal ball and a decoder ring, that’s a tough one.The Dodgers’ personnel boss is fast becoming the most polarizing sports executive in town. (Jim Buss isn’t polarizing, because ‘polarizing’ means that some people actually like you.) The problem is not that Friedman has made unwise deals. You can look at each one of them and find at least a droplet of logic.The problem is that the moves aren’t integrated, that nothing really indicates an obvious plan. Or, maybe, there are too many plans.• BONSIGNORE: What the Friedman are the Dodgers doing? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The trading bazaar is open until spring training and beyond. But fans sense they’re further away from their inevitable First World Series Of The 21st Century than they were before Friedman came from Tampa Bay, supposedly to upgrade a club that, after all, has nine winning seasons in its past 10.Take Greinke, as Arizona did for six years and $206 million. Friedman can’t be rationally criticized for failing to match. But he has known for a long time that Greinke had the opt-out hammer.Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. There had to be Plans B and C, even Z if necessary, to get a headline pitcher.Instead the trade deadline came and went. Texas, not the Dodgers, got Cole Hamels from the Phillies, with three years left on his deal. Now Johnny Cueto (San Francisco) and Greinke are in the Dodgers’ division, and the L.A. rotation is Give It To Clayton (Kershaw), Then Four Days Of Waitin’.Surely the Dodgers will fix this. There are reports Friedman is talking to Tampa Bay about right-hander Jake Odorizzi, which is not a bad idea. There were reports that the Dodgers were trying to get Jose Fernandez from the Marlins, which would be an all-is-forgiven move and would give the Dodgers a sensational frontline pitcher for many years, even though Fernandez is coming off Tommy John surgery.One can understand why Friedman will not release his death grip on shortstop Corey Seager and pitchers Julio Urias and Jose DeLeon, the assumed stars of tomorrow. The Dodgers absorbed outfielder Trayce Thompson, pitcher Frank Montas and second baseman Micah Johnson and are even better positioned for a sweeping deal. But why are they making it up as they go along?Now we go to second base. Friedman greeted 26-year-old Dee Gordon, who in 2014 led the National League in triples and steals but had a few hiccups in the field, some of them explained by too many games alongside Hanley Ramirez.Friedman said goodbye to them both. In essence he dealt Gordon for Howie Kendrick, with Andrew Heaney as the middleman.Kendrick had a typically solid year for the Dodgers. Gordon won the batting title in Florida and again led the league in steals, and slugged .407.There was considerable tongue-biting in the Dodgers’ front office when Gordon got away, and Friedman kept touting the virtue of youth. That tongue-biting almost drew blood when the Dodgers got Chase Utley and then re-signed him for $7 million, just before his 37th birthday.Without Gordon, the Dodgers suddenly became slower than a slide rule. Now Kendrick is a free agent. Friedman picked up and discarded second baseman Jose Peraza in the process, and now is contemplating Johnson, Utley and Enrique Hernandez at second base. At least today.Oh, well. At least Friedman knew he had Kenley Jansen, who has 80 saves in 87 opportunities the past two years.Which didn’t stop him from trading for Cincinnati’s Aroldis Chapman. The deal disappeared thanks to a domestic violence report.Sure, Jansen-Chapman would reduce a lot of games to seven innings. But Jansen’s save percentage last year was better than Chapman’s. How would he handle all that, plus the mental rearrangement that, like it or not, comes with trading the ninth inning for the eighth?And Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier are still wedged uncomfortably into the oufield. And Justin Turner is still the cleanup hitter. And the rotation is barren enough to burn up several bullpens before the All-Star break.Friedman envisions the Dodgers growing their own, with a harvest that will contend for years. That destination is fine. It’s the journey that’s losing us.