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Power Trip singer Riley Gale dead at 34

Riley Gale
Riley Gale (Image credit: Future)

Riley Gale, the singer with Texas thrash metal band Power Trip, has died at the age of 34. 

The band confirmed the news on their Facebook page, with a statement reading: “Rest in peace to our brother and bandmate, Riley Gale.

“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.”

The band added that fans could send donations to Dallas Hope Charities (opens in new tab) in lieu of flowers. No cause of death was announced.

Gale co-founded Power Trip in Dallas in 2008. The band released two albums, 2013’s Manifest Decimation and 2017’s Nightmare Logic.

Members of Anthrax, Body Count, Slipknot, Machine Head, Code Orange and others have paid tribute.

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Dave Everley has been writing about and occasionally humming along to music since the early 90s. During that time, he has been Deputy Editor on Kerrang! and Classic Rock, Associate Editor on Q magazine and staff writer/tea boy on Raw, not necessarily in that order. He has written for Metal Hammer, Louder, Prog, the Observer, Select, Mojo, the Evening Standard and the totally legendary Ultrakill. He is still waiting for Billy Gibbons to send him a bottle of hot sauce he was promised several years ago.