When the lead singer of the Cranberries, Dolores O’Riordan, passed away in a hotel room in London on the 15th of January this year, the 46-years-old woman was due to enter the recording studio the very next day, in order to lay down a vocal track of the version of her 1994 hit “Zombie” for L.A.-based hard rock band Bad Wolves.
After she passed away, the band released the track with their vocals only, having the plan to donate the proceeds which will gain to her four children. Bad Wolves donated $250,000 to the family of Dolores O’Riordan – which were actually the proceeds from their cover of the song.
The news has been announced at the time of their sold-out show at the Gramercy Theatre in New York on the 20th of June, with the donation accepted by O’Riordan’s sons Donny Jr. and Taylor Burton, together with their father Don Burton – on behalf of all of her four children.
The band Bad Wolves consists of members of underground hard rock groups such as Divine Hersey Snot, God Forbid, Bury Your Dead and In This Moment, which was all managed by Five Finger Death Punch’s Zoltan Bathory. The cover of the song is included on their just-released debut album, “Disobey,” for veteran industry exec Allen Kovac’s label.
The sudden death of O’Riordan inspired them to release the single earlier this year, and pledged to donate the proceeds to Dolores’ four children – Dakota, 13, and Molly, 17, son Taylor, 20 and stepson Don Jr., 28, together with her ex-husband Don Burton.
The frontman of Bad Wolves, named Tommy Vext, said:
Our sadness the day Dolores passed away was nothing compared to that of her children and her family. In the light of the tragedy, donation our proceeds to her children was the only thing which made sense.
He also commented about the success of the cover, adding:
The kids that are hearing this song through Bad Wolves for the first time – it is a real testament to the timelessness of their mother’s songwriting that is going to live forever, and we are also grateful to have the ability to do this for them.
The label’s Kovac, who actually managed the Cranberries, and the managing director of Eleven Seven, named Europe Dan Waite both had some prior relationships with the O’Riordan family and initiated the idea.
The remaining members of The Cranberries have some plans to release a new album, and 25th-anniversary edition of their debut – Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can’t We – in the memory of O’Riordan.
The singer recorded her vocals for the new release in 2017, and the band hopes that they will release it in early 2019.
After much consideration, we decided to finish what we started. We thought about it, and we decided that it is something we have started as a band, with Dolores, so we should push ahead and finish it. So that is our plan – to finish the project and get the special 25th-anniversary edition album out later this year.
The song has been the first hard rock song in a decade to climb to No.1 on the U.S. iTunes overall, peaking at No.49 on the Top 40, while also topping the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs, Spotify’s Global Viral 50, as well as Active Rock radio chart, the latter for three consecutive weeks.
Dan Waite, label executive, also said that she called him in early hours of the day when she passed away, and left him two voicemails, saying that she wanted to go to dinner with him and his wife. He said:
She was in a good space. I have seen a few things saying that she was depressed but she was definitely making some plans for the week.
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