The Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan was slated to go back into the studio to re-record vocals for a cover of the bands iconic hit 'Zombie' along with hard rock band Bad Wolves.
the group which is comprised of former members of God Forbid, Devil Driver and In This Moment were honored to record with the Irish star that liked their grungy metal-tinged remake of her song so well that she wanted to add her own vocals to the track slated for their upcoming album debut.
Unfortunately the singer was found dead that Monday that she was scheduled to record her vocals with the band. So on Friday (Jan 19th) the group went forward with releasing their cover of the song and decided to donate all of the proceeds to O'Riordan's three children.
“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.
“The original lyrics include the line ‘It’s the same old theme since nineteen-sixteen. In your head, in your head, they’re still fighting,'" he continued. "It’s a reference to the IRA bombings during the Irish Rebellion. We changed that lyric to say ‘2018’ and she was really excited about that because the nations may have changed but we’re still fighting the same battles today. Humanity is still fighting to assert itself despite all the conflicts.”
The 2018 version is an updated version of sorts written in response to an Irish Republican Army attack that killed two children in 1993 which included subbed in lyrics about drones and updating a line about the 1916 Easter rising insurrection in Ireland to a lyric that laments "it's the same old theme in 2018." Lead singer Tommy Vext said that O'Riordan's lyrics about social unrest and political turmoil are still very relevant.