When Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington died by suicide in July 2017, it brought the rock community to a screeching halt. The sudden and tragic loss of one of the world’s biggest band‘s lead singer was a crushing blow.
But beyond the immediate impact his death had on Linkin Park and its fans around the world, Bennington’s passing had other consequences in terms of projects he was working on.
One of those was a reunification with Grey Daze, the grunge-y alt/rock band he sang for in the 1990s before joining Linkin Park and … well, you know the rest.
A few months before he died, Bennington and his Grey Daze pals reconvened to re-record songs from their earlier albums for a planned future release, as a commemorative project celebrating some of his accomplishments outside the Linkin Park realm.
His death ended that abruptly, but his widow, Talinda Bennington, has since posted on social media that this project will, indeed, continue in Chester’s name as a tribute to the man, father and musician he was.
The lengthy message is best summed up by this line from Talinda, revealing the plans for a new Grey Daze release with some of Bennington’s final recorded vocals:
“For us, releasing a new Grey Daze album will shine a light on where my husband started and hopefully give his fans a better understanding of his art and a more full picture of his journey through this incredible music.”
Last year, Grey Daze posted some studio updates on Facebook, and one of them depicted Jaime Bennington, Chester Bennington’s son, singing his father’s music for this project.
Chester would have been so very proud of his Son Jaime Bennington. We had Jaime sing along with his father last night…
This all sounds like a touching and powerful way to pay tribute to Chester Bennington, one of the world’s most successful and celebrated rock singers of the past two decades.
Stay tuned, as Linkin Park fans will not want to miss out on whatever comes of this project …