Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan was on the verge of collaborating with rock band Bad Wolves on a cover of her 1994 track “Zombie” when she was found dead last week in her London hotel room. As Stern Show listeners heard Tuesday morning, Bad Wolves have released their version of the iconic song and are donating all of its proceeds to the family of the late Irish singer-songwriter.
O’Riordan had already heard their remake of the Cranberries’ iconic cut before she died, according to multiple reports, and liked it so much she was moved to add her vocals to the track so that the band could properly include it on their debut album. While that never came to fruition, Bad Wolves band members say they were touched just to know O’Riordan enjoyed their cover.
“It was the greatest honor to know she liked our version and wanted to sing on it,” Bad Wolves singer Tommy Vext said in a statement. “We’re deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Dolores and by the fact that she’s leaving behind three children so we are donating the proceeds from the song to her kids. It’s such a powerful song and the themes are still so relevant, we wanted to release it in her memory.”
O’Riordan, 46, was survived by her mother, father, and three children Taylor, Molly and Dakota Burton. Read more about her life and how she’s being remembered here. Listen to Bad Wolves cover of “Zombie," which Howard and Robin both agreed they enjoyed (above).