A black screen slowly fills with words set to a somber piano introduction. The words, fading in line by line, read, “On January 15, 2018, The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan was set to reprise her iconic vocals on Bad Wolves’ cover of “Zombie.” That day, she tragically left the world.” Though Bad Wolves were also shaken by the loss of O’Riordan, they decided to continue with the release of the cover, donating the proceeds to her children. A somber Tommy Vext looks to the sky mournfully before beginning to sing the lyrics.
In the new “Zombie” music video, chugging guitars and powerful vocals are backed by a presence created by a woman covering herself in gold paint, a look no-doubt inspired by O’Riordan’s outfit in the music video two decades ago, and meeting face-to-face with singer Tommy Vext behind a pane of glass she proceeds to cover with gold paint. A couple lyrical adjustments bring the relevance of “Zombie” up to speed with current global events, something that intrigued O’Riordan, her UK Publicist Lindsey Holmes said in a press statement.
And what a success the song remains. When The Cranberries originally released “Zombie” in 1994, the track hit #1 across the globe, even topping the Billboard Alternative Songs Chart. This new reboot of the track – which O’Riordan thought was going to be “killer”) – has completely dominated the iTunes charts, reaching #1 in the US in Rock, Metal, and Overall, as well as #1 in the UK, Canada, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Australia, and more, including O’Riordan’s home of Ireland. Bad Wolves’ reboot has even hit #3 in the Spotify Viral Global Top 50. The “Zombie” music video has already hit 20 million views over a month’s time.
Bad Wolves’ will feature the “Zombie” cover on their upcoming debut album Disobey out May 18th on Eleven Seven Music. The “Zombie” music video ends with guitars reverberating through the empty space in your ears. A quote appears on screen, from lead singer Tommy Vext of Bad Wolves, “Her lyrics, confronting the collateral damage of political unrest, capture the same sentiment we wanted to express a quarter-century later. That is a testament to the kind of enduring artist Delores was, and will remain forever.
Bad Wolves will be on tour during 2018. Some dates include:
Supporting Five Finger Death Punch + Shinedown
* FFDP and Bad Wolves Only
4/20 – UFEST 2018 – Mesa, AZ
4/21 – Las Rageous – Las Vegas, NV
4/27 – Welcome to Rockville – Jacksonville, FL
4/28 – Fort Rock Festival – Fort Lauderdale, FL
May 6 – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
May 8 – Rupp Arena – Lexington, KY
May 10 – BOK Center – Tulsa, OK
May 11 – Westfair Amphitheatre – Council Bluffs, IA
May 12 – Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI *
May 14 – Salem Civic Center – Salem, VA
May 16 – Legacy Arena – Birmingham, AL
May 17 – Ford Center- Evansville, IN
May 18 – Mark of the Quad – Moline, IL
May 20 – Alerus Center – Grand Forks, ND
May 30 – Casper Events Center – Casper, WY *