Chester Bennington’s Daughters Lily And Lila Contributes To New Grey Daze Album ‘The Phoenix’
Grey Daze recently announced on their Instagram page that the late Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington‘s twin daughters Lily and Lila will be featured in an upcoming album titled ‘The Phoenix.’
When he started his musical career, Chester Bennington first began singing with a band named Sean Dowdell And His Friends? and recorded an album with them in 1993. Later on, he and Dowdell formed Grey Daze, a post-grunge band. They then recorded two albums, 1994’s ‘Wake Me’ and 1997’s ‘…No Sun Today.’
Bennington left Grey Daze in 1998 and joined Linkin Park the following year. He then enjoyed remarkable success with the band and became one of the greatest rock vocalists in the scene. However, Bennington was struggling with depression and substance abuse, which led to his death by suicide on July 20, 2017.
After Bennington’s tragic passing, his Linkin Park bandmates, fellow musicians, and fans worldwide felt devastated. On September 2, his former Dead By Sunrise and Grey Daze bandmates united to perform a tribute to the iconic singer. On June 26, 2020, Grey Daze also released their ‘Amends’ album for Bennington’s memory.
In ‘Amends,’ Grey Daze used Chester Bennington’s vocals from the 1990s and newly recorded instrumentals. In a recent Instagram post, they announced the release of a follow-up album titled ‘The Phoenix.’ Besides Dave Navarro and Filter’s Richard Patrick, Bennington’s daughters Lily and Lila also contributed to the album’s song named ‘Hole.’
Grey Daze’s Instagram post read:
“Proud to announce our upcoming album ‘The Phoenix.’ We worked for over a year writing this album, and we hope everyone feels the raw power and emotions contained within. Featuring Chester Bennington, Dave Navarro, Richard Patrick, Sean Dowdell, Mace Beyers, and Cristin Davis. Produced by Esjay Jones, mixed by Lucas Dangelo, engineered by Brian Virtue and Sunset Sound.”
Grey Daze’s drummer and songwriter Sean Dowdell told Blabbermouth that ‘Amends’ was more emotional as they went through shock and sadness at that time, but ‘The Phoenix’ is more like a celebration of Chester Bennington’s talent. The band also released a single from ‘The Phoenix,’ titled ‘Saturation (Strange Love)’ and a music video.
Dowdell explained the following:
“‘Amends’ was more emotional and reflective. We felt sad when we were writing it. Now that we’re a couple of years removed, it’s very clear what we were going through. We were at a different stage of grief. We went through the shock and the sadness.
Now, we’re back to gratitude. So, ‘The Phoenix’ is more of a celebration of our friend, his talent, and the music. It captures Chester’s angst and energy that people fell in love with. It’s much more aggressive. If you love Chester’s scream, you’ll love this record.”
Below, you can check out the picture Grey Daze included in their post and their new release ‘Saturation (Strange Love)’ from ‘The Phoenix.’