Bad Wolves’ cover of The Cranberries classic “Zombie” is currently dominating rock and metal charts worldwide with proceeds being donated to Dolores O’Riordan’s children.
On Thursday, the band officially released their video for “Zombie”, directed by Wayne Isham (Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold). It is a powerful homage to the recently departed Dolroes O’Riordan, who ironically enough was scheduled to record her vocals on the track on the day of her passing. Throughout the video, you can see lead singer Tommy Vext and her character in the original “Zombie” video trying to touch each other, but cannot. You even see her character write the date of her passing in the gold smeared glass.
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.”
Bad Wolves’ Tommy Vext speaks as to why he wanted 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, “Zombie” hit #1 across the globe, including on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. When news of her passing was announced, the song returned to the top ten on the U.S. rock chart. 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 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.