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Riley Gale’s Family Speak Out Against Recent Power Trip Reunion/Tribute Set


A statement issued by the Riley Gale Memorial Foundation has condemned the recent live return of Power Trip. This past Friday, December 01st, saw the surviving members of the acclaimed Texan crossover band reunite onstage and perform Power Trip songs live together for the first time since the 2020 passing of their vocalist, Riley Gale due to an accidental overdose.

That unannounced set took place at the Mohawk in Austin, TX, with guitarist/vocalist Blake Ibanez, guitarist/vocalist Nick Stewart, bassist Chris Whetzel, and drummer/vocalist Chris Ulsh back onstage together, while Skourge‘s Seth Gilmore filled in on vocals. The aforementioned collective performed a five-song set of Power Trip favorites following a live show from Gilmore and Ibanez‘s current band Fugitive. Fan-filmed footage from that night has since emerged online.

A statement now issued on behalf of the aforementioned foundation headed up by Gale‘s parents has spoken out against that performance and reads as follows:

“December 2, 2023

The Riley Gale Memorial Foundation & Gale family are aware of the event that took place at Mohawk in Austin, TX on December 1st, 2023. It caught us entirely by surprise.

At no point in the planning or lead up to that moment was anyone in the Gale family consulted, or even invited.

We were not asked our thoughts or feelings about it taking place.

If we were, we would have liked to discuss who would fill in on vocals, since Riley had laid out very specific requests for this exact scenario.

We would have requested it take place in Dallas, where Riley and Power Trip were born, and where Riley was instrumental in building up the Dallas hardcore and metal community before even setting foot on stage as a performer.

We would have liked it to be a surprise and wonderful addition to the Riley Gale & Friends Day concert, the main fundraising event for the Riley Gale Memorial Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that supports the causes Riley cared about as well as aiding up-and-coming bands through the Riley Gale Band Touring Grant.

Riley‘s family would have liked the opportunity to show our appreciation to you, Riley‘s fans who continue to support him by listening and buying albums because we know how much his lyrics and music meant to his fans.

As Blake said on stage at Mohawk, they owe a lot to Riley, and the Gale family agrees wholeheartedly.

Riley‘s family was not included, and that’s unfortunate, but for those among you who love Riley and what he stood for, you can show your love by buying albums directly from Southern Lord Records and becoming a part of the Riley Gale Memorial Foundation at the link below.

Keep an eye out for our announcement of Riley and Friends Vol. 3 early next year–it will feature bands that Riley knew and loved along with hundreds (hopefully thousands) of Riley‘s fans and family.

“Birth. Life. Death. Repeat. The goal is to manifest higher than before.”


As it turns out, the band’s surviving members and Gale‘s parents, Brandon and Gina, who represent the Riley Gale Foundation, have clashed in the past legally since Riley‘s passing. According to this legal filing, the Gale family came after the bandmembers over concerns of potential influence and interests in the band’s LLC business in the wake of Gale‘s death. Allegations of unpaid monies and more to Riley were also made in that legal clash, claims which the band went on to deny.

Found amid that filing are also concerning allegations about the disclosure of Gale‘s battle with addiction and how it was handled. At one point amid that filing, it is also alleged by the band that Gale‘s parents’ suit against them was ‘intended to harass, impede and impair defendants in proceeding with their careers…”

It is unclear if the aforementioned case is now legally resolved or not, though the case file is listed as ‘open’ per the page mentioned above.

[via Lambgoat]

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