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The Cranberries Felt Bad Wolves’ “Zombie” Cover Was Released “A Bit Too Soon” After Dolores O’Riordan’s Death


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While Bad Wolves had the blessing of late The Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan with their cover of the band’s track “Zombie“, it would appear that other members of the Irish outfit weren’t too keen on it.

Bad Wolves themselves revealed that O’Riordan was due to guest on their cover. According to them, she had planned to hit the studio to lay down her parts on the day that she died as a result of accidental drowning from alcohol intoxication. Audio of a voice message published months later showed that O’Riordan had agreed to sing on the cover the night of her death, January 15th, 2018.

Bad Wolves would go on to release their version of the cover on January 18th,  2018. Their version would later be certified platinum in the United States, while also racking up similar awards worldwide. Bad Wolves would later go on to donate at least $250,000 from the proceeds of the song to O’Riordan‘s family.

In an interview recently published by ABC Audio, The Cranberries guitarist Noel Hogan reveals that he felt that the the cover was released too soon after O’Riordan‘s death, offering “I think it was a bit too soon. For my liking, anyway.” Drummer Fergal Lawler added “the whole thing seemed insensitive or something.”

While Hogan would later clarify that he wished no “ill will” towards Bad Wolves, Lawler did admit that he wasn’t exactly a fan of the latter’s version, stating “[I] didn’t really like it. It wasn’t my cup of tea.”

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