Prior to his untimely passing, Chester personally announced a 2017 Grey Daze reunion on social media. As he never got the chance to launch the reunion himself, his bandmates, friends, family, and various collaborators stepped up to give the music the second chance it deserved, finishing what the late singer started. A follow up to their critically praised and fan beloved 2020 album 'Amends', this next chapter of music is the completion of their commitment to friendship. For 'The Phoenix' the band teamed up with producer Esjay Jones and did a lot of the recording in LA at the iconic Sunset Sound Studios. With this album Esjay and the band really focused on being true to the group's original sound and all their '90s influences. This album continues their mission to tell Chester Bennington's story and also celebrate the amazing artist and person he was.