This news comes after a recent gig that saw Harwell abusing his words and making threatening remarks towards the crowd.
Smash Mouth’s Steve Harwell has announced that he is retiring due to several years of ongoing health problems.
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According to Los Angeles Times, the frontman has decided to step away from music after a concert in upstate New York on Saturday (October 9), where he was slurring his words and making threatening comments to the crowd (“I’m not for you”. Will kill the whole family”, I swear to God,” he told a fan. In footage of the incident, he was also seen giving a Nazi salute.
A representative for Smash Mouth told the publication that Harwell had left the band to focus on what he described as “long-standing medical issues”.
“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.”
TMZ has reported that Singer was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy eight years earlier, which led to heart failure and other medical failures such as Wernicke’s encephalopathy, which “have greatly affected his motor functions, including speech and impaired memory,” a spokesperson he said. This probably contributed to his distracted performance at the gig in Bethel, New York, over the weekend. You can watch footage from the concert below.
Regarding the apparent Nazi salute, the spokesperson said that the singer “regrets his actions, but this TikTok video is not an accurate representation of the man that Steve is”.
“Ever since I was a kid, I’ve dreamed of being a rockstar, performing in sold-out arenas and have been very fortunate 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.”
He continued: “Thanks to our loyal and wonderful fans, it’s all made possible because of you. I tried my best to power through my physical and mental health issues and play in front of you for the last time.” But I wasn’t able to do that.”
Smash Mouth was widely criticized last year when he decided to perform at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.