Linkin Park's Chester Bennington

Chester Bennington’s Former Band Grey Daze To Release Re-Recorded Album In His Honor


Grey Daze may best be known as the band to feature the late Chester Bennington before he rose to superstardom in Linkin Park. As you may be aware, Bennington was in the process of revisiting that band’s material, re-recording their tracks for a future release prior to taking his own life back in July of 2017. While it unclear on how far Bennington got with the songs in the studio, his friends and family united to rally behind his legacy.

An update shared this past February had word that Grey Daze had enlisted numerous guests to re-record the album, including Bennington‘s own son Jaime. Other guests revealed to have been involved included Korn‘s Brian “Head” Welch & James “Munky” Shaffer, Chester‘s former Dead By Sunrise bandmate Ryan Shuck (also of Adema), P.O.D.‘s Marcos Curiel, Bush‘s Chris Traynor and LP.

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In a new statement shared today, December 10th, Bennington‘s widow Talinda revealed that plans are being laid to release that album via 320-the suicide prevention organization Talinda launched following Chester‘s passing. Her statement can be read 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 that Grey 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.

Talinda Bennington
December 10, 2019″

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