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Bad Wolves give check for $250k to family of Late Dolores O’Riordan

Photo by: PYMCA/Avalon/UIG via Getty Images
Photo by: PYMCA/Avalon/UIG via Getty Images

Bad Wolves have presented a check for $250,000 to the family of late Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan. The band scored a massive hit with its cover of the Cranberries hit “Zombie,” for which O’Riordan was slated to record vocals on the day that she died in a London hotel this past January. The band decided to release the song in her honor with all proceeds going to her children.

Bad Wolves frontman Tommy Vext told us that donating the money to O’Riordan’s family was an easy decision: “If we didn’t do that, we were shelving the song and it would never have seen the light of day. It’s not like some cash grab. We’re not here to capitalize on something. It was a tragic thing. What better way to pay tribute to her, you know, and then try to give back.”

The band made good on its promise by inviting O’Riordan’s family onstage Tuesday night (June 19th) at New York’s Gramercy Theatre and presenting them with the quarter-million-dollar check. O’Riordan’s two sons, Donny Jr. and Taylor Burton, alongside their father Don Burton, were on hand to receive the gift, which O’Riordan’s accepted on behalf of their younger sisters, Molly and Dakota Burton.

Bad Wolves singer Tommy Vext said, “The ultimate goal is to present them with a $1,000,000 check — and the fact we’re a quarter of the way there is beyond incredible.” He added, “It’s a true testament to the timelessness of their mother’s songwriting that will live on forever, and we are so grateful to be able to do this for them.”

“Zombie” can be found on Bad Wolves’ debut album, Disobey, which arrived earlier this spring.

Fast Facts:

The original version of “Zombie” was released by the Cranberries in 1994 and became a worldwide Number One hit.

The video for the Bad Wolves version has garnered more than 83 million views in four months on YouTube.

Bad Wolves will tour the U.S. this summer with Five Finger Death Punch and Breaking Benjamin.