Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell is now not part of the band.
The 54-year-old rocker is retiring from music to take care of his bodily and psychological well being, Harwell’s rep informed The Publish Tuesday.
“Steve has been coping with long-term medical points over the past eight years and through his final efficiency on the Large Sip stage, he suffered quite a few signs immediately linked together with his present medical scenario,” the rep mentioned. “As of at the moment, Steve can be retiring from Smash Mouth to concentrate on his bodily and psychological well being.”
On Oct. 9, the band carried out on the Large Sip pageant in upstate New York the place Harwell slurred his phrases, threatened the viewers and gave some crude gestures to the group. The video was taken by a TikTok person who goes by the identify Haley, who referred to as it “chaotic.”
A supply near Harwell informed The Publish that he had one among his “episodes” whereas on stage, as seen within the viral video.
“This unlucky recording has now been taken out of context and his illnesses used in opposition to him to color him as somebody who he isn’t,” the insider mentioned.
Harwell was identified with cardiomyopathy eight years in the past and has suffered from coronary heart failure and acute Wernicke encephalopathy. The latter situation has tremendously impacted his motor features together with speech and impaired his reminiscence.
“Regardless of Steve’s greatest efforts to work by way of these illnesses, he’s heartbroken to share that it has turn into unimaginable for him to proceed doing what he loves most, performing in entrance of the band’s tens of millions of followers all over the world,” his rep mentioned.
Regardless of Harwell’s retirement, Smash Mouth is not going to be breaking apart and can proceed to carry out as they seek for a substitute.
“Ever since I used to be a child, I dreamed of being a rock star, performing in entrance of sold-out arenas and have been so lucky to stay out that dream,” Harwell mentioned in a press release. “To my bandmates, it’s been an honor performing with you all these years and I can’t consider anybody else I’d have moderately gone on this wild journey with.
“To our loyal and wonderful followers, thanks, all of this was attainable due to you. I’ve tried so exhausting to energy by way of my bodily and psychological well being points and to play in entrance of you one final time, however I simply wasn’t in a position to. I’m so grateful to each one among you who has helped Smash Mouth promote over 10 million albums worldwide, put us on high of radio charts and those that have saved ‘All Star’ related as one of many high memes on the web at the moment,” he continued.
Harwell concluded, “I can’t wait to see what Smash Mouth accomplishes subsequent and am wanting ahead to counting myself as one of many band’s latest followers.”
The supply additionally defined that Harwell has suffered over time with a number of forms of habit that led to a number of medical and psychological well being points. His look on the Large Sip present made it clear that Harwell might “now not carry out as a result of signs from his prognosis,” in response to the insider, regardless of having “each intention of efficiently persevering with within the band.”
As for the video during which he curses and seemingly does a Nazi salute, the insider claimed that Harwell has been a supporter for minority teams and he regrets his actions on the pageant.
“This TikTok video isn’t an correct illustration of the person Steve is. Steve had each intention of efficiently persevering with within the band however can be retiring to focus on his severe well being points,” the supply mentioned.