The year 2022 came to a rousing close with Los Angeles’ own Classless Act as they roared through Valley Bar in Phoenix on Thursday night. The breakout rock group played their penultimate show to an adoring audience, keeping the energy high all night.
The five piece nearly overwhelmed Valley Bar’s small stage but they made that basement feel much larger. Their debut album was released only this year and they played the entire record with a few fun extras thrown in for good measure.
Frontman Derek Day has the hair-tossing charisma of his 80’s inspirations, backed by killer guitar solos from Griffin Tucker, shredding bass from Franco Gravante, and a locked down heartbeat from rhythm shredder Dane Pieper and drummer Chuck McKissock. The group has spent years honing their craft and then spent 2022 leaving everything on the plethora of stages they’ve visited across multiple tours.
The audience was already in love when the band stepped out, screaming their lungs out to “Time to Bleed”, “Give It To Me” and a rousing cover of “Under Pressure”, an apt choice that showed off the band’s influences.
After closing their main set, Valley Bar demanded them back and they obliged, ending the night by swapping instruments for a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll” and their own spin on “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”.
It’s exciting to watch new talent emerge and Classless Act’s brand of excellent noise is making rock ‘n’ roll fun for any generation looking for the next big thing. We can’t wait to see these guys headlining the stadiums they spent this summer opening and hope the coming year brings them back to rock Arizona again and again.
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Story and photos by Olivia Khiel