Lana Del Rey Debuts Her New Song ‘Cherry,’ a Moving Tribute to Chris Cornell and Other Highlights of KROQ’s 2017 ‘Weenie Roast’
KROQ’s Annual Weenie Roast y Fiesta came to Carson’s StubHub Center this year marking the 25th edition of the annual radio station festival. The lineup included Lorde, Incubus, Imagine Dragons, Cage The Elephant, 311, Paramore, Lana Del Rey, DREAMCAR, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Judah & The Lion, New Politics, and The Revivalists.
This year offered a unique element, as Weenie Roast moved to the StubHub Center for the first time, following 23 years at the now-demolished Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre and a special 2000 edition at Angel Stadium. The open air stadium was packed with more than 25,000 attendees, clearly floored by the tribute.
The crowd was extremely pleased when Lana Del Rey debuted a new song from her upcoming album, “Lust for Life.” The new song she debuted was “Cherry,” a hauntingly beautiful ballad that only Lana’s vocals can make work in 2017. “I fall to pieces when I’m with you,” Lana sung on the chorus. She went on to perform other hits, including “Summertime Sadness,” “Video Games,” and closed with “Off to the Races.”
Another highlight was the Imagine Dragons performance. The crowd roared when the lead singer, Dan Reynolds, announced that he and his wife welcomed twin girls, Gia and Coco, into their family this past week. They opened with “Radioactive” and had visceral visual effects during the performance that made the audience go wild. They closed with a socially-forward talk with the crowd about how music unites everyone and that we should all lift one another up right before they performed “It’s Time.”
Finally, Incubus remembered Chris Cornell with a stirring “Black Hole Sun” performance. Cage the Elephant’s Matthew Schultz joined Brandon Boyd on stage for the powerful tribute. “All night tonight, my thoughts are with my brother Chris Cornell,” said Boyd. “He is one of three people that made me want to be a singer. He taught me how to be heavy and look for beauty at the same time. He was a huge influence on me, and he was a huge influence on our band, and so many other bands here tonight. So, I just wanted to say to Chris, I love you wherever you are. We will never forget you.” The stunning close made this year’s Weenie Roast one to remember.
KROQ’s Annual Weenie Roast y Fiesta was held at the StubHub Center on May 20.