Bad Wolves have released their version of ‘Zombie’ in memory of The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan, who passed away aged 46 on January 15 – and you can listen to it now on the Shoot Music – New Releases Playlist.
All proceeds of sales from the track – which is on the band’s forthcoming ‘Disobey‘ album via Eleven Seven Music – will go to the three children of O’Riordan, who was set to record the vocals with the band on the day she passed.
In a post on Facebook, singer Tommy Vext said: “It was the greatest honour to know she liked our version and wanted to sing on it.
“We are all deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Dolores and by the fact that she’s leaving behind three children so we are donating the proceeds from the song to her kids.
‘It’s such a powerful song and the themes are still so relevant, we wanted to release it in her memory.”
Dolores O’Riordan was scheduled to record vocals on our rendition of “Zombie” on the very day of her unexpected passing. This is an incredibly personal song & she loved our version. A portion of the proceeds from the song will go to her children. https://t.co/4KYTYxHIVb
— Bad Wolves (@badwolves_band) January 19, 2018
‘Zombie’ has held the #1 spot on the iTunes Rock/Metal charts, received over 377K views and has debuted at No. 25 on Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs.
Prior to O’Riordan’s death, Vext said: “The original lyrics include the line ‘It’s the same old theme Since nineteen-sixteen. In your head, in your head, they’re still fighting’.
“It’s a reference to the IRA bombings during the Irish Rebellion. We changed that lyric to say ‘2018’ and she was really excited about that because the nations may have changed but we’re still fighting the same battles today.
“Humanity is still fighting to assert itself despite all the conflicts.”
Bad Wolves – Tommy Vext (vocals), John Boecklin (drums), Doc Coyle (guitar), guitarist Chris Cain (guitar) and Kyle Kinkier (bass) – will be on tour in April and May in Support of Shinedown and Five Finger Death Punch.