Power Trip reunited in their home state of Texas on Friday night (December 1), stepping in as surprise headliners for a show with the crossover thrash band Fugitive at Mohawk in Austin. Power Trip guitarist Blake Ibanez co-founded Fugitive last year, and the group’s touring lineup currently includes Power Trip’s Nick Stewart. It’s the first performance from Power Trip since the death of bandleader Riley Gale three years ago. Joining the band on vocals was Skourge’s Seth Gilmore, who also plays in Fugitive. Watch fan-shot footage of the performance below.
While there were only four songs printed on the setlist for the evening—“Soul Sacrifice,” “Executioner’s Tax,” “Hornet’s Nest,” and “Manifest Decimation”—the reunited Power Trip also played “Crucifixation” at the very end. “It’s been a long time coming,” Ibanez said early in the set, before shouting out Gilmore for filling in on vocals.
Following the concert, the Gale family and the Riley Gale Memorial Foundation said in a statement that they were surprised by the event. “At no point in the planning or lead up to that moment was anyone in the Gale family consulted, or even invited,” they wrote. “We were not asked our thoughts or feelings about it taking place.”
The family and foundation added that they “would have liked to discuss who would fill in on vocals, since Riley had laid out very specific requests for this exact scenario” and that they would have preferred the show to have taken place in Dallas.
Gale died unexpectedly at age 34 in August 2020; Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office later confirmed the singer’s death was the result of toxic effects from fentanyl. Later in the year, Gale was honored as the namesake of a new library at the Dallas Hope Center, the city’s one shelter for LGBTQIA+ youth. Just a few weeks prior to Gale’s death, Power Trip released Live in Seattle 05.28.18, which they’d recorded while touring with Sheer Mag.
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