Mötley Crüe Saves the Day After Classless Act Bassist Franco Gravante’s Boots Melt on Stage

Classless Act Bassist Franco Gravante performing at Recodbar in Kansas City, in 2022. Photo by Josh Chaikin

LOS ANGELES, CA – Wednesday, July 13, 2022 — Classless Act – currently kicking off the Mötley Crüe/Def Leppard summer co-headline Stadium Tour dates – had a bit of a meltdown during their recent set in St. Louis. Said the band’s bassist Franco Gravante, “We were on stage at Busch Stadium, in our 4th song, and I was wondering why my feet were SO DAMN HOT. I mean, everything was hot, but my feet, they were like, burning up. I look down and the glue on my boots had totally melted, so I just taped them together and figured they’d get me through the rest of the tour.”

But hey, for a band that has been lauded by the press as “…they set the air ablaze…” “…served up high octane rock music on a platter…” and “one of the hottest new bands out there…” – there was no way their bassist could go on stage every day with his boots held together by gaffers tape. And, apparently, that’s not something that’s going to happen on Mötley Crüe’s watch. So, Vince Neil, who is featured on the band’s eponymous single “Classless Act,” saw Franco’s post on Classless Act’s Instagram, and along with his band mates – Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx, and Mick Mars – came to the rescue and surprised Franco with a brand new pair of biker boots, now Franco’s perfect sole mates.

The Stadium Tour – Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and Classless Act – who take the stage at 3:45, so get there early – is on its way to these stadiums and towns:


July 14 – Cleveland, OH – FirstEnergy Stadium – Home of the Cleveland Browns
July 15 – Cincinnati, OH – Great American Ball Park
July 17 – Milwaukee, WI – American Family Field
July 19 – Kansas City, MO – Kauffman Stadium
July 21 – Denver, CO – Coors Field
July 28 – Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre
August 5 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park
August 6 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park
August 8 – Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre
August 9 – Toronto, ON – The Horseshoe
August 10 – Orchard Park, NY – Highmark Stadium
August 12 – Pittsburgh, PA – PNC Park
August 14 – Minneapolis, MN – U.S. Bank Stadium
August 16 – Indianapolis, IN – Lucas Oil Stadium
August 19 – Houston, TX – Minute Maid Park
August 21 – San Antonio, TX – Alamodome
August 22 – Arlington, TX – Globe Life Field
August 25 – Glendale, AZ – State Farm Stadium
August 27 – Inglewood, CA – SoFi Stadium
August 28 – San Diego, CA – Petco Park
August 31 – Seattle, WA – T-Mobile Park
September 2 – Vancouver, BC – BC Place
September 4 – Edmonton, AB – Commonwealth Stadium/Stade du Commonwealth
September 7 – San Francisco, CA – Oracle Park
September 9 – Las Vegas, NV – Allegiant Stadium


When they released their debut single “Give It To Me” in the summer of 2021, Classless Act were immediately praised for their ability to sound both fresh and timeless. Loudwire instantly added the song to their “Weekly Wire” Spotify playlist, identifying it as one of the top new releases of the summer. And other iconic outlets, like SPIN magazine, were early to show support. It was a fitting public introduction to a band who embody what it means to be modern rock stars. 

Formed in 2018 and consisting of five former strangers who met via social media Classless Act — Derek Day/vocals, Dane Pieper/guitar, Griffin Tucker/guitar, Franco Gravante/bass, and Chuck McKissock/drums — quickly formed a brotherhood bonded through a series of double-taps, DM’s, and tagged comments. Their music echoes the hallmarks of previous generations – anthemic rhythms, shreddy guitars, and soaring vocals – but punches its way into the future with clever arrangements, sharp musicianship, and proficient songwriting; and, according to one writer, “…enough energy to power a city.” 

Already making noise in the industry, the band has worked with world-class producers like Bob Rock, Michael Beinhorn and Joe Chiccarrelli, who have helped craft hits for the likes of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Soundgarden, and The White Stripes. The band recently landed a deal with Better Noise Music, Mediabase and Billboard’s #1 rock label for 2021, and their debut album, Welcome to the Show, will be released June 24, 2022. Having been invited to join the line-up on The Stadium Tour, this summer’s 36-date, co-headline trek with Motley Crue and Def Leppard, Classless Act is well on its way to achieving its collective goal – being a next-generation defining act.

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