Yhdysvaltalaisen rockin jättiläisen Linkin Parkin laulaja Chester Bennington siirtyi ajasta ikuisuuteen heinäkuussa 2017. Ennen kuolemaansa Chester ehti julkistaa tiedon nuoruusaikojensa yhtyeen Grey Dazen paluusta, mutta ei kuitenkaan ehtinyt laulaa keikkaakaan bändin kanssa ennen kuolemaansa. Nyt Grey Dazen entiset jäsenet yhteistyössä Chesterin läheisten kanssa päättivät kuitenkin uudelleenjulkaista bändin debyyttialbumin Loma Vista Recordingsin kautta, ja albumilta olisi nyt kuunneltavissa ensimmäinen single ”What´s In The Eye”, jota nauhoittaessaan Chester oli ainoastaan 17 vuoden ikäinen. Voit kuunnella biisin tästä:
Chesterin leskeksi jäänyt puoliso Talinda Bennington on kertonut projektista seuraavaa:
”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 reunion show that fall. He was so enthusiastic about doing this, and he was eager to play rock music with messages that 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 partner 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 his fans a better understanding of his art and a more full picture of his journey through this incredible music.”