With the Cranberries’ Dolores ‘Riordan set to reprise her vocals on their cover on the day she died, prompting the band to donate all the proceeds from the track to her children, it’s been a tumultuous ride for the band, to say the least.
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Consisting of of vocalist Tommy Vext, drummer John Boecklin, guitarist Doc Coyle, guitarist Chris Cain, and bassist Kyle Konkiel. I think it’s important to talk about mental health issues and addiction, because those are key components in what happened in our relationship. I’ve been sober for nine years, and my brother never got it. He got himself into a bad situation in a bad way. It was a very harrowing experience. I don’t not love my brother. Even before these experiences ended up in songs, I was going around the country and telling my story at speaking engagements, and I got involved working at rehab centers and started sober companioning. I worked with a company that coupled me with people who were a little too famous to go to rehab, and I would go on tour with them or go to movie sets and was their counselor. So, I spent the last five years helping people stay sober in that first 30 to 60 days. Whether it’s the counseling or my music, when it comes down to the message, I thought having that out there that was more important than keeping it private.
We’re already six songs into the new record. We’re workaholics! I’m in Australia visiting my girlfriend, and some of the guys went into studio last week and sent me three of the six new songs. We’re go to head to Europe and the U.K. to tour and then have two weeks off. Then, we’ll go back into the studio in L.A. and do vocals and more instrumentals. Hopefully, a new album will be out by next summer.
I play music in my office as I work. I have a variety of songs depending upon what I am doing. There is an old song that has resurfaced recently and I play a lot. The song is Little Red Riding Hood.” I first heard that song in the late ’60’s by the Royal Guardsmen, the group that gave us all those songs about Snoopy and the Red Baron. I had forgotten about that song until it was played recently in the background of a car commercial. Laura Gibson is the singer and she does a great job. The song portrays the big bad wolf singing to little red riding hood. The wolf is trying to con little Red. There are a couple of intriguing lines in the song.
One of the newest names to the scene, Bad Wolves returns this year as supporting act for titans Five Finger Death Punch on their fall tour, and more importantly, with their sophomore album. In 2018, Bad Wolves rocketed to fame following the widespread acclaim for their cover of Zombie,” released shortly after the untimely passing of the Cranberries’ Dolores ‘Riordan. Played incessantly on radio stations around the globe, the name Bad Wolves gained fame with unforeseen momentum, and the nascent super-group was hailed for their fresh and ferocious bite in a tired mainstream rock scene.
Describing himself as a long-term fan of The Cranberries, Tommy admits that Bad Wolves’ sudden success has been bittersweet given that the single landed soon after the sudden death of Cranberries’ singer Dolores ‘Riordan , who passed away in January. Her passing was all the more difficult for the band given the late singer had originally agreed to lend her vocals to their version of Zombie, but died on the day she was due to head into the studio to record them.
While the band was processing their shock over the terrible news, they had to decide if they wanted to push forward with their cover, or to set it aside out of respect for the dead. “There was honestly a big meeting, because we almost shelved the song. We didn’t know what to do with it,” Vext says. However, after consulting with Waite, Bathory and label founder Allen Kovac – who had served as The Cranberries’ manager around the original release of “Zombie” – the band decided to release the song, and to donate portions of the proceeds to ‘Riordan’s family. “That was kind of how we tried to make a positive situation out of such a tragic one,” the frontman relates.
This episode features the song “Art of Betrayal” by Fate Destroyed and “I Swear” by Bad Wolves. Official music video for ‘I’ll Be There’ by Bad Wolves. Tommy Vext (Bad Wolves) and Diamante challenge each other to Name That Tune.
A Los Angeles, California-based heavy metal outfit with an impressive hard rock pedigree, Bad Wolves employ a lethal blend of melody and might that invokes names like Meshuggah, Mudvayne, and Sevendust. They gained mainstream attention in 2018 with their cover of the Cranberries’ “Zombie,” released soon after vocalist Dolores ‘Riordan’s death.
Filling a gap between a spring arena tour with Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown and Starset, and a massive summer amphitheater run with Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin and Nothing More, the band is co-headlining the What’s In Your Head Tour” with labelmates From Ashes to New and special guest Diamante. When that tour came to Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore, Maryland, Live Metal’s Greg Maki sat down before the show with Boecklin to discuss the success of Zombie,” the debut album Disobey,” how they landed 5FDP guitarist Zoltan Bathory as their manager and more.
Consisting of of vocalist Tommy Vext, drummer John Boecklin, guitarist Doc Coyle, guitarist Chris Cain, and bassist Kyle Konkiel. The Los Angeles-based group will release their debut album later this year.
Originally scheduled to feature a guest appearance from late CRANBERRIES frontwoman Dolores ‘Riordan, “Zombie” launched shortly after her death in January of 2018 and went on to top the rock radio chart and sell a million copies.
Former school classmates of the Dolores ‘Riordan carry yellow flowers to signify sunshine as mourners and members of the public pay their respects to the late singer as she lays in repose inside St. Joseph’s church on January 21, 2018 in Limerick, Ireland.
The hard-rock band Bad Wolves wanted to do a cover of this song. They recorded a demo and in order to get clearance on the copyright laws of the song, sent it to management of the Cranberries. Management let the band hear it, and ‘Riordan liked the song so much that she said she’d lend her vocals to this new version of it.
No. (laughter) It’s not. To me, it’s very strange, ‘cause this album is harder for me to play than DevilDriver stuff. And it’s because it’s a completely different tempo pocket feel. That’s what I was going for, ‘cause I didn’t want to repeat myself. A lot of DevilDriver is two-step, fast and kind of what I like to call white drumming.” It’s fast as fuck, but—that was another thing, too, with speed. It’s just gotten out of control. There’s always gonna be a kid in a basement who can do it faster than me on YouTube now, so I’m not being competitive in that nature. So I wanted to slow it down, and a lot of the tempos for these songs were different feels for me, and they’re very non-DevilDriver.
The gray wolf has always been a point of controversy in Western culture. Children’s stories are filled with menacing big, bad wolves” threatening to eat innocent children or destroy the houses of some hard-working little pigs The hatred for this predator spans centuries, so it’s no surprise that when European settlers came to the United States, eradicating the wolf was high on their to-do list.
The lyrics and chords of “Zombie” were written in Ireland by Dolores ‘Riordan during the Cranberries’ English Tour in 1993, and recorded at Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin in 1994. The song was written in response to the death of Johnathan Ball, 3, and Tim Parry, 12, who had been killed in the IRA bombing in Warrington earlier that year.
The group recently donated $250,000 from sales of their cover to Dolores ‘Riordan’s children. Heavy metal band Bad Wolves have gifted a donation of $250,000 to the family of the late Dolores ‘Riordan – the proceeds from their cover of The Cranberries song “Zombie”.
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,” reflects Bad Wolves frontman Tommy Vext.
Biologists and conservationists consulted warn that the number of wolves reported in each region could be wildly overstated. Carrying out a solid census would require considerable time and effort as wolves are transient animals. “Their territory can reach 100 square kilometers; in a nighttime outing they can run as much as 50km,” says Eduardo Palomo, secretary of the Lobo Marley wolf conservation organization. Biologists point to the need to conduct a full national census in order to formulate policies to prevent an irreversible situation.
Bathory is a long-time supporter of law enforcement 4 and first responders. 5 In 2017, Five Finger Death Punch donated $58,000 to The Badge Of Honor Memorial Foundation, 6 an organization recognized by the Department of Justice, that’s available to assist the departments and families of fallen police officers by identifying all the federal and state benefits that are available for them.
The video begins with text discussing the cover’s background and the passing of ‘Riordan. The video then cuts to shots of the band performing the song in a black room, wearing black clothing and playing black instruments interspersed with close-up scenes of a woman being covered in gold paint. The video then cuts in between shots of the band performing and the woman interacting with vocalist Tommy Vext which mainly involves her smearing gold paint on a glass pane between the two of them. After the guitar solo, she etches “1-15-18”, the date of ‘Riordan’s death, into the paint. The woman’s appearance (gold body paint, gold dress, and gold beaded headdress) is nearly identical to that of ‘Riordan in The Cranberries’ original Zombie music video. The video ends with a quote by Vext.
Great. It’s pretty much a small club tour. A lot of the clubs are sold out. For a band that’s been out for two and a half months already doing a co-headlining kind of thing, I was really nervous about it. But it seems to be going well. We’re having a great time.
In 2019 Five Finger Death Punch teamed up with Brantley Gilbert , Brian May of Queen and Kenny Wayne Shepherd to re-record a new version of Shepherd’s song “Blue On Black”. All proceeds from the recording is donated to First Responders via The Gary Sinise Foundation.
Taking an even longer view of the human—wolf relationship, let’s remember that this species came to us in friendship perhaps more than 30,000 years ago, according to an emerging consensus among paleontologists. Pre-agricultural people and wolves may have viewed each other warily at first, but eventually an instinctive fear turned into acceptance and then later into companionship.
BAD WOLVES is wrapping up the last stretch of their summer tour with PAPA ROACH, which ends on Sunday, September 1st, in Las Vegas, Nevada. They will support FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH on their headlining arena tour, beginning Friday, November 1, in Las Vegas, through its 28 dates, culminating on Wednesday, December 18, in Omaha, Nebraska.
The band is wrapping up the last stretch of their summer tour with Papa Roach, which ends on Sunday, September 1st, in Las Vegas, Nevada. They will support Five Finger Death Punch on their headlining arena tour, beginning Friday, November 1st, in Las Vegas, through its 28 dates, culminating on Wednesday, December 18th, in Omaha, Nebraska. Tickets and VIP offers are available HERE Full routing available below.
As radio play for the cover picked up and the song’s video started to rack up millions of views on YouTube – aided by signal boosts from Five Finger Death Punch, Spotify’s Rock This playlist (and eventually, their Pop Rising list as well), and even influential SiriusXM radio personality Howard Stern – the song started to sell by the thousands.
The Holy Spirit didn’t call Satan a bad person. He is called a roaring lion. He appears as a sheep, but he is still a wolf. He looks like sheep, but he doesn’t smell like sheep. He looks like sheep, but he doesn’t walk like sheep. He looks like sheep, but he doesn’t graze in the meadows like sheep. He looks like sheep, but he doesn’t act like sheep. He is a wolf. He runs in a pack with other wolves. He is dangerous, mean, and aggressive. The sweet talking wolf tries to lure you to trust him. Don’t. He is a wolf. The sweet talking wolf wants you to walk alone with him. Don’t. He wants you to think that he is good. He is not. He wants you to think that he has changed. He hasn’t. He wants to destroy you.
Amazing Performance From Bad Wolves! Tommy Vext is such a nice guy. His words hit deep on stage plus Zombie was sang perfectly. A perfect tribute to Dolores ‘Riordan. I just lost my grandmother so what he said on stage really meant a lot.
From Ashes to New we’re AMAZING! Diamante in her head to toe BLUE rocked the crowd, and her duet for Hear Me Now with Bad Wolves was the icing on the cake! Bad Wolves was mind blowing, and we can’t wait to see them again in NY. This performance trifecta rocked the house.
The story of a wolf suckling the abandoned brothers Romulus and Remus at the creation of Rome may be allegorical, but wolves did forever change the human story. Their domestication stands alongside language, fire, and plant cultivation as one of the major innovations that most altered the fortunes of humanity. It’s hard to see how early herders would have moved and protected and guarded their folks without domestic dogs being in place, and one has to wonder whether agriculture would ever have really made it as a viable alternative to hunting and gathering,” said Peter Rowley-Conwy, a professor of archaeology at Durham University. It’s no exaggeration to say that nearly all human exchange, from early bartering to the on-line transactions in the information age, have necessarily been built on the foundation stones of these developments. The wolf and its descendants have been part of the humane economy longer than any other species.
In 2013, the band was nominated and won another Golden God Award (Song of the Year) with “Lift Me Up”. This number one mainstream rock hit featured Rob Halford of Judas Priest as a guest vocalist. Halford and Rob Zombie joined the band’s performance at the Golden Gods Award Ceremony.
Bad Wolves aren’t just a band, they’re a sonic wrecking ball. They have exploded onto the rock scene, particularly with their cover of the Cranberries’ “Zombie” which has racked up more than 180 million digital views. Their album Disobey is a collection of songs that sees this group of L.A. music veterans stretching and exploring sonic space they’ve never veered into in the past. Hear their new single, “I’ll Be There” below.
In 2017, it was announced that Bathory expanded into artist management and took a new band Bad Wolves under his wing. Bad Wolves’ first record Disobey was released on 11 May 2018 by Eleven Seven Records The Bathory managed band’s first single ” Zombie ” became a number one hit in the United States and several other countries. The single is certified Platinum in Canada, certified Gold in the USA and Germany.
It’s all been a bit of a whirlwind for Bad Wolves of late; formed of members from various different musical projects, the band began in late 2016 and are preparing to release their debut album Disobey on May 11th. Their cover of the Cranberries’ Zombie has reached incredible levels since it’s release, something that nobody quite predicted. With the Cranberries’ Dolores ‘Riordan set to reprise her vocals on their cover on the day she died, prompting the band to donate all the proceeds from the track to her children, it’s been a tumultuous ride for the band, to say the least.
While many Native American tribes revere wolves, and place them at the center of their creation stories, many other Americans have succumbed to the cartoonish big bad wolf” narrative and done the opposite. Throughout much of U.S. history, wolves have been ruthlessly persecuted. In his 1880 annual report, Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Philetus Norris wrote that the value of their wolves and coyotes hides and their easy slaughter with strychnine-poisoned carcasses have nearly led to their extermination.” Around the turn of the century, the federal government hired professional hunters and trappers to amass a body count of wolves, and state governments provided bounties on them. By the early ’70s, just after the U.S. Congress enacted a comprehensive Endangered Species Act to protect them and so many other imperiled species, wolves were hanging on only in the northern reaches of Minnesota—and at Isle Royale in Lake Superior.
During this timeframe, there were six periods when the law completely protected wolves, and six periods in which the government could legally cull them. Culling was used to eliminate wolves suspected of attacking livestock or that were perceived as threats to human safety, even though there is no record of a human ever being attacked by a wild wolf in Wisconsin or Michigan.
Jehly also runs her walks in a state where the issue of wolves is a contentious one. She is a supporter of the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project – a coalition seeking for the reintroduction of wolves in the wild. It is seeking support for a ballot to be put forward for Colorado voters to decide on whether wolves should be reintroduced to the wild in the region.