A video of Harwell abusing his words and threatening his audience surfaced after a concert on October 9
Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell is no longer part of the band.
The 54-year-old rocker is retiring from music to cope with his physical and mental health, Harwell’s reps told the Post on Tuesday.
“Steve has been dealing with long-standing medical issues over the past eight years and during his Final performance in the Big Sip stage, he suffered a number of symptoms directly related to his current medical condition,” the representative said. “As of today, Steve will be retiring from Smash Mouth to focus on his physical and mental health.”
On October 9, the band performed at the Big Sip festival in Upper New York, where Harwell mispronounced their words, threatened the audience and gave some crude gestures to the crowd. The video was taken by a TikTok user who goes by the name Haley, who called it “chaotic”.
Smash Mouth singer Steve Harwell appears drunk, sends threat message to fan in concert video
A source close to Harwell told The Post that he had an “episode” on the stage, as can be seen in the viral video.
The insider added, “This unfortunate recording has now been taken out of context and his ills have been used to portray him as someone he is not.”
Harwell was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy eight years ago and was suffering from heart failure and acute Wernicke encephalopathy. The latter condition greatly affected his motor functions, including speech, and impaired his memory.
“Despite Steve’s best efforts to work through these ailments, he is heartbroken to share that he continues to do what he loves most, while performing in front of the band’s millions of fans around the world. It has become impossible to keep.”
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Despite Harwell retiring, Smash Mouth is not breaking down and will continue to perform while looking for a replacement.
“Ever since I was a kid, I’ve dreamed of being a rock star, performing in sold-out arenas, and have been fortunate enough to live that dream,” Harwell said in a statement. “To my bandmates, it has been an honor to perform with you all these years and I can’t think of anyone else with whom I would go on this wild journey.
“Thanks to our loyal and wonderful fans, it’s all made possible because of you. I tried very hard to power through my physical and mental health issues and play in front of you for the last time, but I was just you. Many thanks to everyone who has helped Smash Mouth sell over 10 million albums worldwide, top the radio charts and keep ‘All Star’ relevant as one of the top Memes on the internet today,” he continued.
Harwell concluded, “I can’t wait to see what Smash Mouth achieves next and I look forward to counting myself as one of the band’s newest fans.”
The source also revealed that Harwell has suffered a variety of addictions over the years which has led to several medical and mental health problems. His appearance on the Big Sip Show made it clear that despite having “every intention to continue successfully in the band”, according to Insider, Harwell “can no longer perform due to the symptoms of his diagnosis.”
As for the video in which he gives a Nazi salute and curses, the insider claimed that Harwell has been a supporter of minority groups and regrets his actions at the festival.
The source added, “This TikTok video is not an accurate representation of who Steve is. Steve had every intention of successfully staying in the band, but would retire to focus on his serious health issues.”