Bad Wolves Reveal That The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan Was About To Sing On Their Cover Of “Zombie” Right Before She Died

As previously reported, Dolores O’Riordan passed away today (January 15) at the age of 46, right before she was set to enter a recording studio. Now, Bad Wolves, the band featuring John Boecklin (ex-DevilDriver), Tommy Vext (ex-Divine Heresy, etc.), Doc Coyle (ex-God Forbid), Chris Cain (ex-Bury Your Dead), and Kyle Konkiel (Vimic, ex-In This Moment), have revealed that the recording session was booked, so she could contribute guest vocals to their cover of The Cranberries’ “Zombie.”

Vext commented:

“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“

Eleven Seven Music CEO Allen Kovac, who managed The Cranberries for a long time, also commented:

“From the very first time I met Dolores, I knew she was a great talent. Managing The Cranberries and being part of making ‘Zombie’, one of the biggest records of its time, was a great professional honor. So when Dan Waite called me suggesting a collaboration with Dolores and Bad Wolves on ‘Zombie’, I was excited to once again be a part of the magic she was able to create. My heart goes out to her children, I hope they can find some peace despite this tragic event.”

Eleven Seven international managing director Dan Waite added:

“The news that my friend Dolores has passed deeply shocked me. I worked with The Cranberries at Universal Records and have kept in touch ever since.

Dolores left me a voice message just after midnight last night stating how much she loved Bad Wolves version of ‘Zombie’; she was looking forward to seeing me in the studio and recording vocals. She sounded full of life, was joking and excited to see me and and my wife this week. The news of her passing is devastating and my thoughts are with Don, her ex-husband, her children, and her mother.”


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