Chester Bennington’s band Grey Daze unveil first episode of Creation of the Phoenix documentary

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3 May 2022, 12:14

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Before he was Linkin Park’s frontman, Chester Bennington sang in Grey Daze, and now the rockers are releasing their new documentary series about upcoming LP The Phoenix. 

Grey Daze: Creation of the Phoenix features the band’s humble beginnings in the 1990s, right up to the process of putting together their next record, which will feature remastered vocals from Chester.

The talented singer left Grey Daze in 1998, but reunited with them in 2017, and was in the middle of re-recording music for the new album when he passed away that year. 

Creation of the Phoenix includes footage of Chester and the band rocking out together in their early days, and then joins the remaining members in the studio while hashing out how the new record should sound. 

In the episode, fans can hear the previously unreleased audio of Chester, and guitarist Cristin Davis explains: “It’s kind of the last hurrah, going out on what I think Chester is really known for, which is his really iconic scream. That angst that gets us all excited.” 

Watch the episode here: 

Brian Virtue, engineer on the album, continued: “You can definitely hear Chester’s original influences much more in these early vocals, but it’s still 100% him. That’s what makes it so interesting. You can hear him, in every one of the performances, it’s completely from his soul."

According to NME, The Phoenix will have 10 songs in honour of the late singer, while Dave Navarro, Richard Patrick and Chester’s daughters, Lily and Lila Bennington will all have a role within the record. 

The Grey Daze docu-series comes after Chester’s widow, Talinda Bennington, paid tribute to her late husband on what would’ve been his 46th birthday back in March. 

She shared a message paying tribute to her husband on Instagram, with a photo of Bennington on a past birthday.

She wrote: "Happy Birthday my love! We miss you so much. The pain doesn’t get any easier but you get used to it is what they say. I’m not sure I believe that at all.

"There’s no getting used to this type of grief. I’m doing my best to raise our babies the way we always talked about.

"You were my other half and it is so hard walking without you. I love you and we are celebrating you today.”

Chester died in 2017, at the age of 41. Since his tragic passing, Linkin Park have been on hiatus.