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Band Bad Wolves pledges their proceeds from hit cover of ‘Zombie’ to children of Dolores O Riordan

Pictured, the Band Bad Wolves, Doc Coyle (Guitar), Don Burton, Taylor Burton, Kyle Konkiel (Bass), Don Burton Jr., Tommy Vext (Vocals), John Boecklin (Drums), Chris Cain (Guitar) before they presented a $250,000 cheque to the family of Dolores O’Riordan, last night in New York City.

Band Bad Wolves pledges their proceeds from hit cover of ‘Zombie’ to children of Dolores O Riordan

by ilovelimerick correspondent Chloe O’Keeffe

Last night at New York City’s Gramercy Theatre, the Band Bad Wolves presented a $250,000 cheque to Dolores O’ Riordan’s family onstage 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.

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Dolores O’Riordan pictured performing at the Opening Ceremony for the Special Olympics in Thomond Park in 2010. Picture Dolf Patijn/ilovelimerick.

O’Riordan was set to record 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 donate their proceeds to Dolores’ four children.  The unprecedented global success of ‘Zombie’ has resulted in the band raising $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 cheque – and the fact we’re a quarter of the way there is beyond incredible,” reflects the Band 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 song writing that will live on forever, and we are so grateful to be able to do this for them.”

The Band 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. The Band 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 via Eleven 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 vocalist Tommy Vext (ex-Divine Heresy), drummer John Bucklin (ex-Devil Driver), guitarist Doc Coyle (Vagus Nerve, ex-God Forbid), guitarist Chris Cain (Bury Your Dead), and bassist Kyle Konkiel (ex-In This Moment), Bad Wolves have proven themselves to be the global breakout band of 2018. 

The Band Bad Wolves will be touring extensively throughout the rest of 2018, with the “What’s In Your Head” tour continuing through July 6 with label mates From Ashes to New and special guest Diamante.  They will also be joining Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin and Nothing More on their massive amphitheatre tour this summer.


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