Bad Wolves have presented a check for $250,000 to the family of late Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan.
The Los Angeles-based metal band’s debut album, titled “Disobey”, includes the group’s massively successful cover of The Cranberries hit “Zombie”. The track hit the Top 15 on the American rock radio chart and was No. 1 on iTunes in multiple countries, including the U.K., Sweden, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and The Cranberries’ home country of Ireland.
O’Riordan was slated to record vocals for Bad Wolves’ cover of the track 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 made good on their promise by inviting O’Riordan’s family onstage last night at New York’s Gramercy Theatre and presented them with the quarter-million-dollar check. O’Riordan’s two sons, Donny Jr. and Taylor Burton, alongside their father, Don Burton, were presented with the gift in an emotional moment. The check was also accepted on behalf of their younger sisters, Molly and Dakota Burton.
“Our sadness the day Dolores passed was nothing compared to that of her children and her family,” said Bad Wolves frontman Tommy Vext. “In light of the tragedy, donating our proceeds to her children was the only thing that made sense. 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. The connection that people have to this song, the stories, the memories and the kids who are hearing this song through Bad Wolves for the first time — 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.”