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When grunge was at its peak, a Phoenix-based band held auditions for a lead singer. A young Chester Bennington heeded the call. Bennington impressed drummer Sean Dowdell with his rendition of Pearl Jam’s Alive. Together, the two formed Grey Daze, a post-grunge band.

Influenced by the music of Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and Nirvana, the band’s distinct grunge sound was a far cry from Bennington’s electronic and hip-hop-influenced work with the hybrid rock band Linkin Park. Unfortunately, after a couple of albums released in 1994 and 1997, the group went their separate ways.

From there, Bennington became the inimitable voice behind Linkin Park, Dead by Sunrise, and Stone Temple Pilots. Grey Daze had a reunion planned two decades after their debut, but it was cut short by Bennington’s untimely death in 2017. To honor Bennington and his legacy, surviving members of the band decided to forge ahead.

With the help of some famous friends, they re-recorded Amends, a 2020 compilation. In 2022, they released a follow-up to Amends. The Phoenix is a collection of tracks that did not make it to Amends. The album was radio-friendly and straightforward, unlike its grief-stricken predecessor.

After a very impressive audition in 1992, 15-year-old Bennington was given permission by his father to join Grey Daze. In 1994, the band released Wake Me, their debut album. It featured early versions of the songs She Shines, Morei Sky, and Sometimes. It didn’t take long for the band to fill clubs and establish a robust underground following.

After a change in the lineup, the band went to record No Sun Today, their sophomore album. The album included the singles Anything, Anything, and B12 and was released in 1997. However, despite increased touring and consistent local radio airplay, Grey Daze disbanded in 1998.

Months after Bennington’s passing, the surviving members of the band worked with producer Billy Bush to work on some album cuts for the acoustic EP, Amends . . . Stripped. It was released in 2021. In June 2022, The Phoenix was released. The album featured Richard Patrick, Dave Navarro, and Bennington’s two daughters, Lily and Lila.