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.


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