THE CRANBERRIES' Dolores O'Riordan Was About To Record Vocals For A Metal Cover of "Zombie" When She Passed Away
The Cranberries' lead vocalist and guitarist Dolores O'Riordan suddenly passed away at the age of 46 on January 15. Reports said she was about to hit the studio at the time of her passing, and now Bad Wolves frontman Tommy Vext (Westfield Massacre, ex-Divine Heresy) has revealed that O'Riordan was lending her vocals to the band's cover of The Cranberries' 1994 hit "Zombie."
Bad Wolves also features guitarist Doc Coyle (Vagus Nerve, ex-God Forbid) and drummer John Boecklin (ex-DevilDriver).
We are shocked and saddened at the news of Dolores’s passing, mere hours before she was to record vocals on our upcoming version of Zombie. We have always had deep respect for her as an artist and a vocalist and she was never afraid to bare her soul in her music and lyrics.
Zombie is an incredibly personal song and although we are a hard rock band, we always felt the rawness and honesty she projected on stage and in her recordings was something to which all bands should aspire to, regardless of genre. When we heard she liked our version and wanted to sing on it, it was the greatest compliment a new band, or any band for that matter, could have received.
Our hearts are broken that we were not able to see this collaboration through and our deepest condolences go out to her family, friends, loved ones and fans in Ireland and around the globe. We hope we can still make her proud by sharing our version of Zombie with the world.
~ Tommy Vext
Rest in peace, Dolores.