On January 15, Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries tragically passed away, shocking fans all over the world.
It has since been brought to light that the singer was scheduled to reprise her iconic vocals for the song 'Zombie' in a cover led by American rock band Bad Wolves. Bad Wolves had intended to cover the song with subtle changes in the lyrics to fit the world's current political issues.
In a statement, via Blabbermouth, O'Riordan's U.K. publicist Lindsey Holmes provided further insight into what the Irish singer thought of Bad Wolves' version of the track:
Dolores was excited about plans to guest vocal on a cover version of her all-time classic 'Zombie' by American rock band Bad Wolves. Although very different in style to the original, Dolores said she thought that the cover was 'killer' and she was intrigued by the simple-but-effective couple of lyric changes that make the cover version as relevant to current world events as the original was to the events that inspired her to write the song in the early nineties.
The band has since released their cover and an accompanying music video, which pays homage to O'Riordan. In the music video, a girl is seen decked out in gold, mirroring O'Riordan's iconic portrayal in the original 'Zombie' music video to. As the song plays, the model, who signifies Dolores, and the lead singer of the band try to reach out to each other. With every failed attempt, gold paint is smeared on a glass panel separating the two, until it eventually fills the entire panel, leaving the two unable to see each other. The date of Dolores' passing is left on the panel as the model walks away.
Bad Wolves' Tommy Vext explains what compelled him to cover the song: "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 Dolores was, and will remain forever."
All proceeds from the cover and the music video will be donated to Dolores' three children.
Watch the music video for Bad Wolves' cover of 'Zombie' below: