NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — Last night during a sold-out show at New York Gramercy Theatre, members of the heavy metal band Bad Wolves presented a $250,000 check to the family of late Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan.
On the day of her passing, O’Riordan was set to record vocals for the Bad Wolves for a rendition of the Cranberries hit “Zombies” which was to appear on the Wolves’ debut album “Disobey.” Following O’Riordan’s passing, the Bad Wolves released the track as a single and pledged to donate the proceeds from the song to O’Riordan’s four children.
“Our sadness the day Dolores passed was nothing compared to that of her children and her family. 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,” said Bad Wolves frontman Tommy Vext. “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.”
O’Riordan’s two sons, Donny Jr. and Taylor Burton, alongside their father, Don Burton, were presented with the gift on stage at the Gramercy. The check was also accepted on behalf of their younger sisters, Molly and Dakota Burton.
Since its release, the Bad Wolves’ rendition of “Zombie” has been certified Gold in the United States and Australia, as well as gaining Platinum status in Canada. The track has also found traction on a number of charts, including Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart, Spotify’s Global Viral 50 chart, and was #1 on the Active Rock radio chart for three weeks. Additionally, the single has been planted atop the iTunes Metal chart in the U.K. and Germany for five straight months.
The official music video, a tribute to O’Riordan and an homage to the original, has garnered over 125 million views across platforms.
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