LIMERICK group The Cranberries have created historical past by turning into the primary Irish band to generate a billion views of a music video on YouTube.

The video of the band’s world 1994 hit single Zombie hit the landmark determine this Saturday. The video was first uploaded to YouTube on June 16, 2009.

In an announcement posted on the band’s official Twitter account, drummer Fergal Lawler mentioned: “We’re so delighted with the information that Zombie has reached one billion views on YouTube! We’re positive Dolores has an enormous, proud smile on her face too. Thanks a lot to all our followers all over the world for supporting us over so a few years.”

Zombie is the sixth promo video from the 20th century to succeed in the billion-views milestone on the video streaming platform.

The band now take their place beside an elite group of lower than a handful of iconic rock bands to attain the milestone with songs recorded within the 20th century. The others come courtesy of Queen with Bohemian Rhapsody, Nirvana’s Smells like Teen Spirit, A-Ha’s video for Take On Me, and Weapons N’ Roses epic ‘90s energy ballad November Rain and their basic hit Candy Little one O’ Mine.

Zombie is from the Limerick band’s second album, No Must Argue, and was launched as a single in September 1994. The observe was recorded at Dublin’s Windmill Lane Studios.

The track was written by Ballybricken native and The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan as a protest track in response to the IRA bombings in northwest England’s Warrington in March 1993 which killed two youngsters and injured 56 others. Three-year-old Johnathan Ball was killed when two bombs hidden in litter bins detonated on a busy buying avenue in March 1993. Tim Parry, aged 12, died 5 days later.

Dolores, who was on tour on the time, discovered herself deeply affected by the tragedy.

“I keep in mind seeing one of many moms on tv, simply devastated,” she informed Vox journal in 1994. “I felt so unhappy for her, that she’d carried him for 9 months, been via all of the morning illness, the entire thing and a few… pr&*okay, some airhead who thought he was making a degree, did that.”

Dolores died tragically in a lodge room in London on January 15, 2018.



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