Remembering Power Trip’s Riley Gale: Tributes from Ice-T, Best Coast, Deafheaven, and More
The thrash metal icon passed away yesterday at the age of 34.
The music world was shaken yesterday as news circulated of the passing of Power Trip‘s beloved frontman Riley Gale.
Power Trip confirmed Gale’s death in a statement posted to Twitter last night. “It is with the greatest of sadness we must announce that our lead singer and brother Riley Gale passed away last night,” they stated. “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.”
Known for his calm, kind demeanor offstage and his intense, riveting presence on stage, Gale was also outspoken for the fight for social change.
“If you don’t like our stances, don’t support our band,” Gale told Revolver magazine in 2018. “We try to make it pretty clear that we might all be white males, but this is not a band for white males to enjoy and be dumb rednecks.”
Tributes have poured in across the music spectrum, from hip-hop legend Ice-T to indie stalwarts Best Coast to his punk and metal peers including Code Orange, Deafheaven, Anthrax, and more.
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
Woke up with the heaviest heart over Riley’s passing. Truly one of the kindest and realest dudes I’ve ever known. Life is so fragile and precious it’s wild.
— Best Coast (@BestCoast) August 26, 2020
one of the best to ever ever do it https://t.co/DLS9BjrRu8
— Fucked Up (@FUCKEDUP) 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
Just heard about Riley. Goddamnit. Sending love to his family and friends and his band. @powertriptx
— Scott Ian (@Scott_Ian) August 26, 2020
Such a devastating loss for so so many. Rest In Peace Riley. https://t.co/rih9O0ow16
— CITIZEN (@CitizenMi) 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
— Code Orange (@codeorangetoth) August 26, 2020
This is awful. Devastating news. My deepest condolences to Riley’s band, family, friends and fans. Please respond w/ a memory or your favorite PxT jam. See you on the other side brother. 🤘🏻❤️ https://t.co/iGNhljGnbs
— Jamey Jasta (@jameyjasta) August 26, 2020
Sending love to Power Trip, friends of Riley, family, Texas, all our friends feeling the loss, everyone he so clearly left better for having met or for, like me, just having felt his energy so many times through headphone speakers. Rest in power.
— La Dispute (@ladisputeband) August 26, 2020
— Anthrax (@Anthrax) August 26, 2020
Sending our condolences to Riley’s family, friends, and bandmates. Rest In Power 🤘 https://t.co/wfFWkjgnWj
— Beartooth (@BEARTOOTHband) August 26, 2020
Love you so much. https://t.co/qKcETeiG57
— Deafheaven (@deafheavenband) August 26, 2020
— HEALTH (@_HEALTH_) August 26, 2020
Riley was one of the most kind, passionate, and interesting people I've been lucky enough to know. It was more fun talking with with him than just about anyone else. He said I probably looked like Arthur the aardvark when I was naked and would text me photos like the one below: https://t.co/suFQO4rXvk
— Joe Pera (@JosephPera) August 26, 2020