Power Trip vocalist Riley Gale passed away earlier this week and tributes have been pouring in non-stop. One tribute has come from Fox News show The Five co-host Greg Gutfeld, who wore a Power Trip shirt on the air and spoke highly of Gale.
Gutfield and Gale originally crossed paths in 2017 when The Five played a Power Trip song on the air without the band's authorization. Riley, who leaned very much left on the political spectrum, was not happy about it and called for a cease and desist. A phone conversation was struck up between Gutfeld and Gale, as Gutfeld recalled in his tribute last niught.
"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."
For the record, Riley's family approved of the tribute.
— POWER TRIP (@powertriptx) August 26, 2020