Sean Dowdell Recalls His Last Conversation With Chester Bennington
Grey Daze drummer Sean Dowdell recently appeared as a guest on the YouTube channel of Revolver Magazine and opened up about his last conversation with Chester Bennington.
Sean Dowdell was a long-time friend of the late Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington. The late vocalist started his professional music career by singing in a band called Sean Dowdell and His Friends? and they released an eponymous three-track cassette in 1993. Later on, Bennington and Dowdell didn’t break ties, although the group disbanded in a short time.
The two names decided to form a new post-grunge band named Grey Daze. The band released their debut studio album, ‘Wake Me,’ in 1994. Their second album, ‘…No Sun Today’ also arrived in 1997. However, the late singer left Grey Daze to move on to his iconic career with Linkin Park. Unfortunately, the rocker tragically passed away on July 20, 2017, due to suicide by hanging. Following his passing, Grey Daze came together in 2020 to release some earlier recorded songs as a tribute to Bennington.
During a recent appearance, Sean Dowdell reflected on whether he remembers the last time he spoke to the late singer. The drummer revealed that he talked to Bennington two days before his passing. Chester Bennington was in Sedona, Arizona, for a vacation with his wife and children. He needed to fly to LA for a TV commercial. They would meet later on and start band rehearsals. However, Bennington couldn’t make it since he died a few days before their plans.
Dowdell’s statements on his last conversation with Chester Bennington:
“Yes, two days before he passed. He was in Sedona with his family. He had just gotten back from the tour, so they drove to Sedona. He was going to fly back to LA to do a TV commercial for state farm or something if I might have that detail wrong, but he had to fly back to LA to do a TV commercial.
Linda and the kids would drive down from Sedona to Phoenix. We were all going to meet up. He was going to fly in from LA Saturday. We were all going to have dinner, and then we would start band rehearsals with the entire band the following day on Sunday. He didn’t make it, so Thursday night, he passed away.”
You can watch the entire conversation below.