Smash Mouth frontman Steve Harwell has retired following a truly disturbing performance at The Big Sip beer and wine festival at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY on October 9th. Representatives for Smash Mouth cited the singer’s ongoing health issues in a statement provided to the New York Post.
Ongoing health issues aside, it’s hard to imagine Harwell would have remained a member of Smash Mouth after video of his despicable performance surfaced on TikTok thanks to user @doesthisfeelgood. The Saturday afternoon performance saw Harwell flash a Nazi salute, threaten members of the audience, and nearly collapse amidst his bizarre tirade.
Lowlights of the embarrassment include Harwell threatening a fan, saying, “I’ll f***kin kill your whole family I swear to god.” Another disturbing moment saw Harwell scream at the audience, “f**ck you b*tches”, while flashing the double birds. He even struggled to keep his composure during the band’s most popular song, “All Star”, nearly falling over with a beer in his hand. All of this, again, comes in addition to his anti-Semitic Nazi salute.
“Steve has been dealing with long-term medical issues over the last 8 years and during his last performance at the Big Sip stage, he suffered numerous symptoms directly linked with his current medical situation,” a representative for the band told the New York Post. “As of today, Steve will be retiring from Smash Mouth to focus on his physical and mental health.”
Watch a video of the incident below, courtesy of @doesthisfeelgood on TikTok.
Steve Harwell Tirade At The Big Sip
[H/T New York Post]