A recording of the final voicemail left by late Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan before her death on Jan. 15 has emerged. The message, left by O’Riordan for her longtime friend and Eleven Seven Records label executive Dan Waite just hours before she took her life, was reportedly time stamped around 1:12 a.m. GMT in London, just a few hours before the singer was slated to enter a studio to lend her vocals to a cover of her band’s iconic song “Zombie” by the group Bad Wolves.
“Hi Dan, it’s Dolores, I’m in London. I’m at the Park Hyatt Hilton,” O’Riordan, 46, says in the recording obtained by TMZ, on which she renders her unequivocal feelings about the heavy cover by the band. “Actually, I think it’s fucking awesome! It sounds fucking terribly good!” In the 30-second message she invites Waite to come into the studio session — slated for later that morning — to hear the results, and sends love to his wife Irene.
O’Riordan was very impressed with Bad Wolves’ take on her band’s 1994 hit and had committed to adding her own vocals to the track before her death. The reworked track quickly climbed the charts two months after O’Riordan’s passing, shooting all the way to No. 1 on the Billboard Emerging Artists chart dated March 24.
“Until she was on board, we weren’t sure if the song was going to make the record or not,” Bad Wolves singer Tommy Vext told Billboard. “Dan was going to pick her up in the morning. I went to bed thinking, one of my childhood heroes, I was gonna get to collaborate on [a song with her]. The next morning, a friend of mine texted me, and then Zoltan [Bathory] from Five Finger Death Punch, who’s our manager, he texts me, and… I didn’t think it was real.”
A coroner’s inquest into the official cause of O’Riordan’s death was scheduled for Apr. 3, but has reportedly been indefinitely postponed. Listen to O’Riordan’s final voicemail here, and Bad Wolves’ cover of “Zombie” below.