Power Trip Frontman Riley Gale Dies Aged 34
Riley Gale has died at the age of 34.
The news of the Power Trip frontman’s devastating passing was confirmed in a joint statement on social media, with no cause of death yet revealed.
“It is with the greatest of sadness we must announce that our lead singer and brother Riley Gale passed away last night,” reads the statement. “Riley was a friend, a brother, a son. Riley was both a larger than life rock star and a humble and giving friend. He touched so many lives through his lyrics and through his huge heart. He treated everyone he met as a friend and he always took care of his friends.
“We will celebrate Riley’s life and never forget the great works of music, charity, and love that he left behind. You, the fans, meant so much to him, please know how special you are. If you have a memory of Riley please share it, no matter how small, as we remember him.”
https://t.co/wJM1WnqXDp— POWER TRIP (@powertriptx) Wed Aug 26 00:16:56 +0000 2020
Tributes have already started pouring in for the incredible frontman – read a collection of them below:
Posted in Tribute to my friend Riley Gale.... Gone far to soon.. 35yrs old.. GOD BLESS YOU homie... So Fn sad.... https://t.co/DwHoXdVj7R— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) Wed Aug 26 03:21:57 +0000 2020
Rest In Peace Riley. you made a huge dent in heavy music history that will last forever. our deepest condolences… https://t.co/lVU62gusQP— Code Orange (@codeorangetoth) Wed Aug 26 00:48:14 +0000 2020
Just heard about Riley. Goddamnit. Sending love to his family and friends and his band. @powertriptx— Scott Ian (@Scott_Ian) Wed Aug 26 00:49:08 +0000 2020
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The last time I saw Riley was in Brooklyn last November. Touche was on tour and was playing a one off thing so we were in town early, and like any other day I took a walk to find a record store to kill time. I turned the corner and right in front of me was Riley ending a phone call in front of a venue called Elsewhere. Power Trip was on tour with High on Fire and playing a half mile away from our show. If I had to make a list of “best feelings on tour”, these serendipitous moments would be in the top 2. Seeing friends from far away in unexpected places. From 20 feet away we locked eyes and gave the “fuck are YOU doing here!?” look before excitedly embracing. We caught up for a while and I realized our thing was gonna end early so I could make it in time for his set. This footage was from that night. Riley will go down as one of the most lovable and engaging metal vocalists in the history of the genre. Great speeches, amazing energy, and someone you could tell was as sincere as they come. It just so happens that we’d been talking kind of a lot recently. About new albums and music in general. Just last week we were reminiscing about hot rod circuit, ozma, and piebald of all things. I don’t really know how to wrap this up, tbh i just keep adding more and editing it cuz the idea of posting it makes things feel permanent. So instead of talking about him in past tense, I wanna talk about something that power trip was able to do. Metal heads can sniff out a hardcore kid in a second. Over the years and years countless hardcore kids have started metal bands, got signed to metal labels, toured with metal bands, etc... and it never worked. They only ever appealed to their hardcore kid base. The metal community has a nose for it. Power Trip was the first band I’ve ever seen born from the HC community to completely win over a metal audience. I saw them support Cannibal Corpse at the observatory in OC. I remember Riley asking the audience who knew their band and the response was small. By the end of that set the entire place, and I mean ENTIRE place was banging their head. I felt proud watching it happen. I loved Riley a lot. He was a friend to all.#riprileygale
We were able to chat about comics, games, and food - often - and you fronted a band that had the world excited like… https://t.co/TMUr42vfpt— Matthew kiichichaos Heafy (@matthewkheafy) Wed Aug 26 00:56:15 +0000 2020
Rest In Peace Riley. Thank you for the pic @alexbentdrums https://t.co/cKljwndQdB— Matthew kiichichaos Heafy (@matthewkheafy) Wed Aug 26 01:56:20 +0000 2020
Man, this fucking sucks so bad for the PT dudes, Riley’s family, and the entire metal scene. What a fucking loss, man.— Paolo Gregoletto (@TriviumPaolo) Wed Aug 26 00:26:44 +0000 2020
I met Riley at a real low point in my life and he made me feel welcomed and accepted into his life and home from th… https://t.co/b2UQpOv8Fd— Geoffrey Rickly (@GeoffRickly) Wed Aug 26 01:25:43 +0000 2020
Rest in Power, Riley Gale of Power Trip. We were looking forward to making memories together next year. Our thought… https://t.co/3YPSAD6Sh4— Coheed and Cambria (@Coheed) Wed Aug 26 01:31:03 +0000 2020
Sending all of our love to @powertriptx, their family and friends. Rest in power, Riley— We Came As Romans (@wecameasromans) Wed Aug 26 01:46:11 +0000 2020
Very sad to hear about the death of Power Trip singer Riley. Saw them open for Cannibal Corpse and they were fuckin… https://t.co/QKEmtsc6i1— Robb Flynn (@TheGeneralMH) Wed Aug 26 01:04:34 +0000 2020
So sad to hear of Riley Gale’s passing. I only had the good fortune of meeting him once, but he had a way of making… https://t.co/23NWVRX3PM— Jay Weinberg (@jayweinbergdrum) Wed Aug 26 01:14:39 +0000 2020
you left an unimaginable impact on the world Riley. we will continue to love and miss you until the day we meet aga… https://t.co/Vo4n0Gze26— Nothing® (@BandofNOTHING) Wed Aug 26 01:50:05 +0000 2020
Rest easy Riley https://t.co/BWzR02MSSD— Volbeat (@VOLBEAT) Wed Aug 26 06:10:30 +0000 2020
Kerrang!’s thoughts are with Riley’s family, friends, bandmates and all who knew him at this tragic time.
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