Chester Bennington’s First Band Releasing Album With Some of His Last Vocals

The Linkin Park frontman had been re-recording songs before his death

December 11, 2019

Linkin Park was just a week away from the start of a North American tour when Chester Bennington died. But what some may not remember is the frontman had also been re-recording music with his first band, and now those songs are apparently going to see the light of day.

Phoenix-based Grey Daze has finished the project with Chester’s wife’s blessing and the help of his son Jaime, Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch and James “Munky” Shaffer, P.O.D’s Marcos Curiel and others.

The result could be some of the last vocals recorded by Bennington being released on an album, something Talinda Bennington agrees it’s time for.

“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,” she wrote in a lengthy social media post.

"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.”

"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.”

It had already been reported earlier this year that Grey Daze was re-recording some of their music with additional vocals by Jaime Bennington, but news that some of Chester’s vocals will make it onto a new album is a treat for Linkin Park fans everywhere.

"Through our foundation, 320, I endeavor every day making sure Chester’s legacy shines a light for positive change,” Talinda ended. “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."

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