Later this year, Grey Daze — Chester Bennington‘s first proper band, which he fronted before joining Linkin Park — will release a new album of reworked classic material in honor of the late, great singer. Bennington sang in the Arizona-based group for five years in the mid-Nineties, and then after nearly 20 years, in 2017, he announced that the band had reunited to re-record old songs and play shows together. Sadly, he died by suicide just months later, throwing the future of the project into doubt. Ultimately, however, the surviving band members decided to proceed. They got the blessing of Bennington’s widow, Talinda, and his family, and utilizing Chester’s existing vocals from back in the day, they created Grey Daze’s forthcoming LP with the help of an array of guest musicians including Chester’s 23-year-old son Jaime Bennington, Korn guitarists Brian “Head” Welch and James “Munky” Shaffer, P.O.D.’s Marcos Curiel, Bush’s Chris Traynor, as well as Ryan Shuck, Chester’s bandmate in Dead by Sunrise. The album is due this spring via Loma Vista Recordings, and is led by first single “What’s in the Eye,” which premiered earlier this month along with a Zev Deans-directed video featuring archival footage of Bennington from the era.
Now, a new shot documentary sheds more light on the project and sees Grey Daze’s current members — drummer Sean Dowdell, bass player Mace Beyers and guitarist Cristin Davis — paying tribute to the group’s late singer. Watch it below.
“Over the years, we’d become more knowledgeable, more experienced, and had more resources, so we decided to pick a selection of songs from our previously released albums and re-record them the way they deserved to have been treated back in the ’90s when we initially wrote and released them,” Grey Daze explained in a joint statement. “By February 2017, we started recording and in June, Chester and Sean announced the reunion, with a live performance planned for that fall. Unfortunately, as we all know, that never happened.”