Dane Pieper On Vince Neil Joining Classless Act’s ‘Welcome To The Show’
Rock music has some fresh faces to represent the genre, and one of them is Classless Act. The band reached a broader audience via social media, and since their formation in 2019, they have managed to build a reputation also thanks to the help of other rock stars. Their guitarist Dane Pieper recently talked about this to Guitar World and revealed how Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil got involved in their debut record.
“We’ve been in the same sphere as Mötley Crüe now for a while, and we are very thankful for that,” said Pieper when asked about Neil’s contribution to their record. “We’re labelmates, and then we had the opportunity to record at Tommy Lee’s home studio, and I think that had a lot to do with us getting on their radar more.”
He continued, “And once we were, Tommy was coming down to see what we were doing more and more, and over time, he began to sit down and rock out with us, and then he’d tell us stories. From there, the remaining guys in Mötley Crüe started to come down, including Vince. And the way I remember it is that Derek and Vince got to talking one day with someone from our team, and it was decided that Vince would [be a] guest on ‘Classless Act.’”
“The cool thing is that Vince put his own spin on it, and it’s much different than it might have been without him,” noted Dane as he credited Neil’s contribution to their album. He added, “But he’s Vince Neil, so what did we expect? Mötley has been so important to us; it’s a lot like how Ozzy used to help Mötley back in the ’80s, and now Mötley is helping Classless Act. It’s a cool sort of pay-it-forward type deal with them.”
Classless Act released its debut album, ‘Welcome to the Show,’ on June 24, 2022. According to their singer Derek Day, drummer Tommy Lee believed in them and helped the band gain further recognition. In addition to giving them his home studio, the band was able to tour with Mötley Crüe in their Stadium Tour with Def Leppard, Poison, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts as their opening act.
During the recording process, some musicians saw potential in their music and wanted to play on the new band’s debut record. Late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins worked with them as well, which Day had confirmed before, and Vince Neil later joined their first album thanks to Lee’s support for the band.