Smash Mouth's Lead Singer Returns, Threatens Your Family
Steve Harwell is back onstage and marking the occasion with what appears to be a Nazi salute
Published Oct 12, 2021It seems we may never solve the mystery of Smash Mouth's unidentified stand-in singer, but alas — frontman Steve Harwell is back in a big way.
At the Big Sip beer festival in Bethel, NY, on Saturday (October 9), the band played what TikTok user doesthisfeelgood described as "the most chaotic show [they've] ever been to." There's definitely a lot to unpack here, so buckle up.
UPDATE (10/12 at 12:15 p.m. ET): In a statement to TMZ, Harwell has announced his retirement, saying he knew it was time to hang it up after the chaotic show. The publication's sources say he was going through an episode during the performance; his cardiomyopathy has led to other medical issues like the neurological condition Wernicke's encephalopathy. Harwell also struggles with substance abuse.
"I've tried so hard to power through my physical and mental health issues to play in front of you one last time, but I just wasn't able to," the singer told fans via the outlet.
He added: "Ever since I was a kid, I dreamed of being a rockstar performing in front of sold-out arenas and have been so fortunate to live out that dream. To my bandmates — it's been an honour performing with you all these years and I can't think of anyone else I would have rather gone on this wild journey with."
Between the apparent technical issues creating a surplus of mic feedback and Harwell's slurred speech, it's kind of a miracle that you can even hear what the frontman's spewing. But some act of divine intervention — and/or this TikToker's recording skills — allows us to fully experience the singer's irreverent display in under 60 seconds.
"Fuck you bitches," he told the fans in attendance with middle fingers to the sky.
He continued: "I'll fucking kill your whole family, I swear to God," just casually threatening a member of the audience.
Then, Harwell randomly revealed that his masturbation skills aren't up to par. "If I could suck my own dick, I'd never leave the house," he admitted. We don't think anybody asked.
His actions also spoke loudly, as he swayed unsteadily and nonchalantly dropped a drink at another point in the set. Oh, and then there's what appears to be a Nazi salute? Twice?
As previously reported, Harwell is coping with heart failure and cardiomyopathy — which is why he'd decided to take some time off from Smash Mouth's strenuous touring schedule. However, it seems that having a replacement frontman didn't sit well with the musician.
To quote the man himself: "Quiet now, I'm the singer."
Watch the viral TikTok footage of the concert below. "All Star" was recently omitted from Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs list and Smash Mouth had questions. The band's decision to continue to perform throughout the COVID-19 pandemic with no safety precautions in place has likewise been reckless.