Riley Gale, vocalist for thrash metal band Power Trip, has died at the age of 34.
The news was shared by Gale’s family in a statement posted to the band’s social media. “It is with the greatest of sadness we must announce that our lead singer and brother Riley Gale passed away last night,” they wrote. “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.”
They added, “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.”
The family asked fans to respect their privacy and to direct donations to Dallas Hope Charities.
The full statement is below.
— POWER TRIP (@powertriptx) August 26, 2020
Power Trip, prior to Gale’s passing, were in the studio working on their third record – a follow up to their acclaimed 2017 LP, Nightmare Logic. Since their formation in 2008, the band toured with the likes of Napalm Death, Testament, Trivium, Anthrax, Cannibal Corpse, Opeth, Lamb Of God, Municipal Waste, Pig Destroyer, Job For A Cowboy and more.
Tributes have poured in for Gale – see them below.
Posted in Tribute to my friend Riley Gale…. Gone far to soon.. 35yrs old.. GOD BLESS YOU homie… So Fn sad…. pic.twitter.com/DwHoXdVj7R
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) August 26, 2020
— Anthrax (@Anthrax) August 26, 2020
Much love to Power Trip and the entire Texas family. This is shit.
— Uniform (@uniform_nyc) August 26, 2020
Riley always put on for the home team, he and Power Trip helped open a lot of doors for us and many other bands out of the Texas hardcore scene over the years. The music world lost a huge star, Rest in Power Riley Gale. https://t.co/DK75XRKi5N
— Creeping Death (@CreepingDeathtx) August 26, 2020
He used his voice, status, & actions to strike against oppression in a music community too used to complacency & toxic masculinity. We could all take a lesson from how he held himself & do better, no matter how we are doing now. Thank you for yr care, yr work wont be forgotten.
— vile creature (@vilecreature666) August 26, 2020
Rest in Power, Riley Gale of Power Trip. We were looking forward to making memories together next year. Our thoughts are with you all. https://t.co/zbuynYcm55
— Coheed and Cambria (@Coheed) August 26, 2020
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