The Cranberries have heaped praise on Miley Cyrus' version of Zombie admitting "it's one of the finest covers of the song that we’ve heard" and said late frontwoman Dolores O'Riordan "would be very impressed".

The 27-year-old went viral with her cover of the iconic track during her appearance at Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles for the virtual #SaveOurStages (#SOS) Fest to raise funds to support grassroots music venues who are at risk of shutting down because of the pandemic.

Taking to the band's official Twitter account, The Cranberries shared a link to Cyrus' performance, along with posting: "We were delighted to hear of Miley Cyrus' cover of Zombie at the Whisky a Go Go #SOSFEST in LA at the weekend. It’s one of the finest covers of the song that we’ve heard.

"We think Dolores would be very impressed! Check it out here: (sic)".

In April, The Cranberries become the first Irish band to reach one billion plays on YouTube for their protest song Zombie.

In a statement on Twitter, the surviving members of the band - Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler -thanked their fans and paid tribute to their late friend and singer Dolores O'Riordan.

Drummer Fergal Lawler wrote: "We are so delighted with the news that Zombie has reached 1 Billion views on YouTube. We are sure Dolores has a big, proud smile on her face too. Thank you so much to all our fans around the world for supporting us over so many years." 

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