The metal scene continues to reel from the death of Power Trip frontman Riley Gale last month. But if there’s one upside to Riley’s death, it is that it’s inspiring people throughout the world to make more art and give to charity. Now, on top of musical tributes and charity DJ sets in his name, two pieces of memorial street art have emerged honoring Gale.
tell your friends you love them. new shop mural by erik del rio rest in peace riley we love and miss you dearly keep checking in on each other. pic.twitter.com/TNPo9QUAmu
— East End Barber (@eastendbarber) September 15, 2020
The second is a piece of graffiti on the side of the Williamsburg Bridge by an unknown artist, and simply says, RILEY GALE.’ There’s something really beautiful to that, though, forcing anyone who sees it to think the name, and either remember Riley or wonder who he was.
Power Trip announced Riley’s passing on August 25th, with the following letter released on their social media:
“Dear Power Trip fans worldwide,
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.
Please respect our wishes for privacy during this time. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Dallas Hope Charities, the link to donate directly is here.
– Riley’s Loving Family”
Words by Chris Krovatin