Sean Dowdell Reveals Why He Felt Like Betraying Chester Bennington

Grey Daze’s Sean Dowdell sat down with KCAL 96.7’s ‘Wired in the Empire’ host RadioActive Mike Z to chat about the future of the band and why they were initially hesitant to take their 2020 album ‘Amends’ on the road. Sean shared why he didn’t want to betray Chester Bennington by explaining:

“We had gotten asked to do some pretty large concerts for that first record [‘Amends’] that we had to pass on because we just didn’t have a way that we could wrap our minds around playing live. It felt like we were betraying Chester [Bennington] by doing it.”

He added:

“We didn’t want to do this hologram thing, and it wasn’t like we were going to be able to get 12 giant rock stars to come out and sing, so it felt like an impossible task.”

Before Bennington’s passing, the singer wanted to reunite the band and even had written a couple of tracks. So Sean also shared the backstory of how they brought in Cris Hodges to fulfill that promise. He recalled:

“We just sat down one day and were like, ‘What does this look like if we bring in a singer that maybe isn’t super famous that loves the music and can sing the music and just doing our best job of doing the songs justice live, letting whatever vocalist we bring in be himself and not have him be a replacement for Chester,’ cause I think that would be disingenuous and kind of hokey.”

The rocker continued:

“So Cris was one of the first people we reached out to and had a conversation, and we got everybody on a Zoom call and just talked it through. We just decided to do one show and that was the original inception.”

That one show turned into multiple as the band added more tour dates. As of now, they have three more dates on their trek. They will be performing at the Rebel Lounge in Phoenix, The Canyon in Agoura Hills and The Canyon in Montclair, California this month. You can get more information about tickets here.

You can watch Sean Dowdell’s interview with KCAL 96.7’s ‘Wired in the Empire’ host RadioActive Mike Z and listen to ‘Amends’ below.