Founded by Chester Bennington and Sean Dowdell in 1993 and disbanded in 1998, the Phoenix-based grunge metal band Grey Daze announced that they would re-record their old materials in honor of Chester Bennington. The group will get help from Chester’s family and the Linkin Park for doing this.
The guest musicians for the record include Chester’s son Jaime Bennington, Korn guitarist Brian Welch and James Shaffer, P.O.D. guitarist Marcos Curiel and Ryan Shuck from Chester’s former bandmate in Dead By Sunrise.
The album working was announced on December 10 through a tweet shared by Talinda Bennington, the wife of Chester Bennington.
Read the announcement below.
“One of Chester‘s greatest gifts was music. The only thing he took more pride in was being a father to his children. Given how much he cared, he wanted fans to hear everything he did, and his musical journey started with Grey Daze.
In February 2017, Chester and his bandmates began re-recording their music for a planned re-release of the band’s early music and by June, he announced thatGrey Daze was reuniting and would be playing a 20th anniversary show that fall. He was so enthusiastic about doing this, he was eager to play rock music and there were messages in those songs he knew would be meaningful to fans. It also meant a lot to him to be working with his Grey Daze bandmates, Sean Dowdell (with whom he had a very special friendship, and was a business parter in Club Tattoo) along with Mace Beyers, and Cristin Davis. He’d known them more than half of his life.
When Chester passed away,Grey Daze‘s reunion seemed like an afterthought to everyone involved, they were suffering, I was suffering, and there were way too many emotions to work through before we could even think about what would happen to that project.
Once the clouds lifted a bit, once we could focus on what Chester would want us to do, we looked for a way to continue what Chester was working on, the things he was proud of and wanted to share with his fans. The Grey Daze project is one of the ways we can continue to tell Chester’s story and connect with his fans.
Through our foundation, 320, I endeavor every day making sure Chester’s legacy shines a light for positive change. For us, releasing a new Grey Daze album will shine a light on where my husband started and hopefully give fans a better understanding of his art and a more full picture of his journey through this incredible music.”
You can reach the tweet below.
— Talinda Bennington (@TalindaB) December 11, 2019