The music world was shocked earlier this week by the sudden death Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan, who was set to lend her vocals to a cover her band’s “Zombie” with hard rock outfit Bad Wolves only hours before her passing. Now, Bad Wolves have released the cover in her memory.
You can take in the decidedly more aggressive version in the player below. Via a press release, Bad Wolves revealed that all prits from the track will be given to O’Riordan’s three children.
“It was the greatest honour to know she liked our version and wanted to sing on it,” said Bad Wolves singer Tommy Vext in a statement. “We’re deeply saddened by the sudden loss Dolores and by the fact that she’s leaving behind three children so we are donating the proceeds from the song to her kids.”
He continued, “It’s such a powerful song and the themes are still so relevant, we wanted to release it in her memory. 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.”
O’Riordan’s death was not ruled suspicious by police earlier this week.