Dolores O'Riordan: Bad Wolves donate 'Zombie' cover proceeds to The Cranberries singer's children

The Cranberries singer died in London on the day she was scheduled to record new vocals for the song 

Roisin O'Connor
Music Correspondent
Thursday 21 June 2018 08:22

Heavy metal band Bad Wolves have gifted a donation of $250,000 to the family of the late Dolores O'Riordan - the proceeds from their cover of The Cranberries song "Zombie".

O'Riordan died this year in London on the day she was set to record her vocals for the Bad Wolves version of her song. Following her death, the band released the track with just their vocals, with the plan to donate any proceeds to her four children.

The news was announced during their sold-out show at the Gramercy Theatre in New York on 20 June, with the donation accepted by O'Riordan's sons Donny Jr. and Taylor Burton, along with their father Don Burton - on behalf of all her children.

Bad Wolves frontman Tommy Vext said: "Our sadness the day Dolores passed was nothing compared to that of her children and her family. In light of the tragedy, donating our proceeds to her children was the only thing that made sense."

Bad Wolves

Vext also commented on the success of their cover, adding: "The kids who are hearing this song through Bad Wolves for the first time - it's a true testament to the timelessness of their mother's songwriting that will live on forever, and we are so grateful to be able to do this for them."

The remaining members of The Cranberries are planning to release a new album and 25th anniversary edition of their debut - Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can't We - in O'Riordan's memory.

The singer recorded her vocals for the new release last year, and the band hope to release it in early 2019.

"After much consideration we have decided to finish what we started," they said. "We thought about it and decided that as this is something we started as a band, with Dolores, we should push ahead and finish it. So that's the plan, to finish the project and get the special 25th anniversary edition album out later this year."

According to O'Riordan's bandmate Neil Hogan, she had been looking forward to continuing work on the album.

Label executive Dan Waite also told Rolling Stone that she had called him in the early hours of 15 January - the day of her death - and left him two voicemails, saying she wanted to go to dinner with him and his wife.

"She was in a good space," he said. "I've seen a few things saying she was depressed but she was definitely making plans for the week."

The inquest into O'Riordan's death was removed from the schedule on the day it was due to begin in London, after previously being postponed. A new inquest date has yet to be set.

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