Last night at a sold out Gramercy Theatre in New York City,Bad Wolvespresented a $250,000 check to Dolores O’ Riordan’s familyonstage prior to a performance of “Zombie”. 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.
O’Riordanwas set to record her iconic vocals on the track on the day of her tragic passing. In advance of their debut album, Disobey, the band released “Zombie” as a single, with the commitment to bestow their proceeds to her four children. The unprecedented global success of “Zombie” lead to the raising of $250,000,with a promise for more.
“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” reflectsBad WolvesfrontmanTommy 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”.
Bad Wolves’ “Zombie”has been certified Gold in the United States and Australia, as well as gaining Platinum status in Canada. The track has topped charts worldwide, including the U.S. iTunes overall and rock charts, Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart, Spotify’s Global Viral 50 chart, while also reigning atop the Active Rock radio chart for three straight weeks. Bad Wolves have also earned the #1 spot on the Billboard Emerging Artists chart. 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.
Their debut album “Disobey“, released in May viaEleven Seven Music, achieved the #22 spot on the Billboard Top 200, #2 on the Hard Rock Chart, #4 on Rock, and #8 on the Top Current Albums Chart. Consisting of vocalistTommy Vext(ex-Divine Heresy), drummerJohn Boecklin(ex-DevilDriver), guitaristDoc Coyle(Vagus Nerve, ex-God Forbid), guitaristChris Cain(Bury Your Dead), and bassistKyle Konkiel(ex-In This Moment),Bad Wolveshave proven themselves to be the global breakout band of 2018.