Yesterday (26th), Greg Gutfeld, one of the co-hosts of The Five on Fox News, paid an on-air tribute to the late Power Trip frontman Riley Gale. The metal community has been mourning Gale’s death, who passed away at the age of 34 on August 24th. Setting political differences aside, Gutfeld, who was wearing a Power Trip shirt, honored Gale and discussed the friendship the two had shared, which started via Twitter. Gutfeld also revealed Gale died in his sleep.
Read and watch the on-air tribute below:
“Yesterday, Riley Gale, lead singer of Power Trip and all-around brilliant dude, died in his sleep at the age of 34. I became friends with Riley in the most unlikely realm, Twitter. I played two of his songs right here on ‘The Five’ from his amazing record ‘Nightmare Logic’. If you love metal, you’ll dig that. And you should get it and make that album go Number One. The band’s Twitter reaction after I played their songs? ‘Cease and desist.’ But Riley wanted to talk about it, so I called him up. The phone call lasted two and a half hours. We laughed at how some people think it’s wrong for people who disagree to be friends. From that moment on, that’s what we became: friends. Good friends. He gave me this damn shirt. We met in Texas at a bar with his great dad, and both came with me to my book signing, where Riley actually helped unpack my books and hand them out. It was priceless. It was a blast. During this pandemic, we talked often and a lot about everything under the sun. It was clear this period was hitting him pretty hard, so we helped each other out. I wish I had done more, frankly. I’m going to miss him.
Riley Gale, rest in rock, in peace.
If you wanna make a donation in his name, check out Dallas Hope Charities.”
Watch the video below:
Members of the metal community have also honored the late Riley Gale via Twitter:
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
Rest in Peace Riley Gale, sincerely one of the most wonderful people i‘ve ever known. ive been crying like a baby since i heard. losing a friend is hard but i am so devestated imagining a world without riley, he gave so much more to this world than he took from it. pic.twitter.com/KaTi4fw6b0
— jack wagner (@jackdwagner) August 26, 2020
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
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
We met Riley Gale before both Power Trip or Ceremony ever existed, in 2005, when he hipped us to a hotel pool we could sneak into after a show in SATX. Anthony accidentally left his backpack behind, Riley went and retrieved it, mailed it back, and we’ve been friends ever since. pic.twitter.com/ONGy9QPxnG
— CEREMONY (@ceremony) August 26, 2020
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) August 26, 2020
We’re truly saddened to hear of the passing of Riley Gale from Power Trip. Our thoughts are with Riley’s family, bandmates and loved ones today. RIP🖤 pic.twitter.com/vKC1Pw95fy
— Download Festival (@DownloadFest) August 26, 2020
Rest In Power to a true legend, Riley Gale. An inspiration to all of us. Life won’t be the same without you. We will never forget. Our hearts go out to the Power Trip family. pic.twitter.com/f2lHwGm9eX
— Knocked Loose (@knockedloose) August 26, 2020
Rest in Peace Riley Gale. The lead singer for the Dallas thrash metal band @powertriptx has died.
We met the guys back in 2017 for a “What’s In My Bag?” episode at Amoeba Hollywood. Riley was our first guest to conduct the entire interview laying down!https://t.co/2DTLuAfiVP pic.twitter.com/KJVUWLWYPa
— Amoeba Music (@amoebamusic) August 26, 2020
RIP to our brother, Riley Gale. We will see you again and finish the business we started! Love and respect – Kreator Family 🖤 pic.twitter.com/6zWs6EezgS
— Kreator (@kreator) August 26, 2020
— BODY COUNT (@BodyCountBand) 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
Riley Gale Forever 🖤
— XIBALBA (@XibalbaCA) August 26, 2020
Shocked tonight to hear about Riley Gale’s passing. He just yesterday left a comment on our ‘gram about loving the Christian Mistress LP. Back in 2013 or so I interviewed him in our magazine CHIPS & BEER. I will dig it up and post it. What an absolutely HUGE loss. RIP Riley.
— 20 BUCK SPIN (@20buckspinlabel) August 26, 2020
RIP Riley Gale pic.twitter.com/qECXm9r6SZ
— Trevor Strnad (@TrevorTBDM) 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
DAMN SON WE LOST A GOOD ONE!!! RILEY GALE REST IN PEACE MY BROTHER!!! THIS WORLD IS GONNA MISS YOU BRO. pic.twitter.com/G3YR5COkAx
— DANNY DIABLO (@DannyDiablo) August 26, 2020
To learn about Riley’s passing this morning was a big shock for all of us. He was a kind soul and a truly one of a kind person.
Our thoughts go out to Power Trip, your close friends, family, loved ones and crew.
Riley Gale forever. Rest in peace brother. pic.twitter.com/Mg0Au5tAsw
— Venom Prison (@Venomprison) August 26, 2020
— Scott Ian (@Scott_Ian) August 26, 2020
— saint vitus (@saintvitusbar) August 26, 2020
Thinking of @powertriptx, their fans and loved ones in these difficult times. The metal community has lost a legend.
— INCANTATION Official (@Incantation666) August 27, 2020
Fukkkkkkk man this sucks… just heard of the passing of #RileyGale from TX favs @powertriptx – @SXMLiquidMetal stand outs – he was super cool to us over the years and his energy on and off the stage will be missed. Sending love to his family, friends and band mates. 😔
— Jose Mangin (@josemangin) August 26, 2020
So cool of @greggutfeld paying tribute to Riley Gale @powertriptx . Don’t care what your politics are. As a rock / metal fan to see this band , who are far from a household name, represented on a major TV show/network in prime time was awesome. #RIPRileyGale
— Eddie Trunk (@EddieTrunk) August 26, 2020