BAD WOLVES‘ cover of THE CRANBERRIES‘ “Zombie” continues to dominate rock and metal charts around the globe, with all proceeds from track donated to Dolores O’Riordan‘s three children.
Today, the band reveals the official “Zombie” music video, directed by Wayne Isham (AVENGED SEVENFOLD, MEGADETH, MÖTLEY CRÜE). It’s a powerful testament to THE CRANBERRIES‘ singer, who was set to record her vocals on the track the day of her tragic passing. The new video features an unreachable woman fully realized in O’Riordan‘s iconic gold from the original “Zombie” video. Throughout the clip, she and frontman Tommy Vext try to touch each other but cannot. She leaves golden handprints with each attempt to touch.
In a statement, O’Riordan‘s U.K. publicist Lindsey Holmes provided further insight into what the Irish singer thought of BAD WOLVES‘ version of the track. “Dolores was excited about plans to guest vocal on a cover version of her all-time classic ‘Zombie’ by American rock band BAD WOLVES,” she said. “Although very different in style to the original, Dolores said she thought that the cover was ‘killer’ and she was intrigued by the simple-but-effective couple of lyric changes that make the cover version as relevant to current world events as the original was to the events that inspired her to write the song in the early nineties.”
“For me, Dolores was the strongest female voice in rock for the past three decades,” explains Dan Waite, managing director Europe for Eleven Seven Label Group and the artist’s personal friend. “I have very bittersweet feelings about the last two voice messages Dolores left me on the day she passed about recording ‘Zombie’ with BAD WOLVES. She was telling me BAD WOLVES‘ version was ‘awesome’ and she could not wait to get into the studio. However, ultimately, her voicemails have brought comfort to her mother Eileen and her family as they heard her messages joking and talking passionately about music, her children, and future plans.”
Dolores‘s plans were cut short far too soon but the relevance of “Zombie” and the legacy of her music continues to span generations.
BAD WOLVES‘ Tommy Vext explains what compelled him to cover the song: “Her lyrics, confronting the collateral damage of political unrest, capture the same sentiment we wanted to express a quarter-century later. That is a testament to the kind of enduring artist Dolores was, and will remain forever.”
Originally released in 1994 following the IRA bombing of Warrington, THE CRANBERRIES‘ “Zombie” hit #1 across the globe, including on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. The song returned to the top ten on the U.S. Rock chart shortly after news of her passing was announced. That same week BAD WOLVES released their version of “Zombie” in her honor. In just four weeks, the cover has garnered over three million combined streams (across YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music) and continues to climb the charts. BAD WOLVES‘ “Zombie” is currently Top 20 at U.S. rock radio and sits atop rock and metal iTunes charts around the world.
BAD WOLVES will tour the U.S. later in the year with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and SHINEDOWN.