Terrible news for the music world as published reports announced that Power Trip frontman Riley Gale, has passed away. He was 34 (UPDATE: Riley’s age was originally said to be 35, and we have edited this story). Power Trip ascended to the new wave of American Metal, combining Crossover Thrash and Hardcore, partly on the strength of Riley’s incredible performances, brilliant politically-minded lyrics, and killer style. No cause of death has been revealed and according to a statement from the band, funeral and visitation arrangements are pending. Riley was a brilliant talent and mind, and he will be missed. Many leaders of the music world paid respect from Ice-T of Body Count, Lamb of God, Code Orange, Slipknot, Hatebreed, Jesus Piece, Anthrax, Thursday, Thrice, Machine Head, Creeping Death and more you can read below. Even Fox News, once a source of ire from Riley, had to pay respect! We interviewed him a few years back and he was awesome. The band has been one of the best in the world live in a short period of time. Riley’s family released a statement via social media which you can read below and you can read the many condolences of fellow peers. RIP Riley.
Dear Power Trip fans worldwide,
It is with the greatest of sadness we must announce that our lead singer and brother Riley Gale passed away last night.
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.
Please respect our wishes for privacy during this time. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Dallas Hope Charities, the link to donate directly is here: https://bit.ly/3jcyY5y
– Rlley’s Loving Family
P.S. Funeral and visitation arrangements are pending.
Rest in power, Riley. He was our friend and we’ll miss him.
(Photo by Randy) pic.twitter.com/qWj8rN4uIO
— Lamb Of God (@lambofgod) August 26, 2020
— Anthrax (@Anthrax) August 26, 2020
— Code Orange (@codeorangetoth) August 26, 2020
I will love and miss you forever Riley.
— Damian Abraham (@leftfordamian) August 26, 2020
So sorry to hear Riley Gale of @powertriptx has passed away.
— Jeremy Wagner (@JeremyXWagner) August 26, 2020
— saint vitus (@saintvitusbar) August 26, 2020
— Kevin Paterson (@Kevin_Hatriot) August 26, 2020
I just got the news.. He was only 35.. I’m devastated.. Still don’t know how… I’m speechless. So Fd up.. smh ? https://t.co/c1MOo8p4GE
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) August 26, 2020
Absolutely heartbreaking. Sending all the love I’ve got to Texas and the Power Trip family. #ripRileyGale
— Tankcrimes (@tankcrimes) August 26, 2020
— Doc Coyle (@DocCoyle) August 26, 2020
So fucking sad. Riley was as talented as he was humble. We met at an Anthrax show and bonded over comic books. The last time we texted he told me about a graphic novel he was hyped on, and to ask what he should read next. Music lost a warrior, comics lost a fan. Fucking gutted. https://t.co/SDRqkG094u
— Becky Cloonan ? (@beckycloonan) August 26, 2020
Condolences to his family and his bandmates in @powertriptx. One of the best bands I’ve ever seen live- Riley had a big stage presence and a bigger heart. Once he lost his slayer hat so I sent this stupid pic to him to cheer him up… I hope wherever he is he’s still wearing it. pic.twitter.com/0bKAX8Se2m
— Becky Cloonan ? (@beckycloonan) August 26, 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 you feel like you’d known him forever, instantly. Such a profound loss. Love and deepest sympathies to @powertriptx and everyone close to him.
— Jay Weinberg (@jayweinbergdrum) August 26, 2020
No, no, no. This is too much. So much love in my heart for Riley. This is a real heartbreak. ??❤️? https://t.co/Olen9jOe6n
— Geoffrey Rickly (@GeoffRickly) August 26, 2020
Very sad to hear about the death of Power Trip singer Riley. Saw them open for Cannibal Corpse and they were fucking awesome. Sending positive energy to the bandmembers and his family ??? https://t.co/pzJU3D0rwk
— Robb Flynn (@TheGeneralMH) August 26, 2020
Riley was one of the sweetest guys ever. Anyone who spent any time with him knows that. What the actual fuck. ?? https://t.co/K8zuK6Lybo
— Best Coast (@BestCoast) August 26, 2020
Much love to Power Trip and the entire Texas family. This is shit.
— Uniform (@uniform_nyc) August 26, 2020
Riley forever. Devastating news. All our deepest love and condolences to his band, family, friends and Texas. ? https://t.co/NH3NJQ1wCi
— Touche Amore (@ToucheAmore) 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
one of the best to ever ever do it https://t.co/DLS9BjrRu8
— Fucked Up (@FUCKEDUP) 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
Rest In Power Riley Gale. A great frontman, wise beyond his years & bad ass on the mic! You will be greatly missed. Such a loss for heavy music. Our condolences to all who loved him. #RipRileyGale #PowerTrip https://t.co/t26lcEb4oG
— Hatebreed (@hatebreed) August 26, 2020
The loss of Riley Gale, even though I did not know him, truly hurts. I have a mountain of respect for everything he has accomplished, and the art that he shared with us. My thoughts are with his family, friends, and his brothers in Power Trip. RIP
— DEVIN SHIDAKER (@DevinShidaker) August 26, 2020