Some fans speculated that Harwell was replaced after the band performed a handful of shows with a replacement vocalist.
Smash Mouth frontman Steve Harwell is set to return to the stage this week, after a brief break from the band’s current tour due to health issues.
TMZ It was reported earlier this week that Harwell’s recent absence from Smash Mouth’s live show was not an indication that he had split from the group, but rather as a result of his heart condition. Speculation arose about Harwell’s place in the band when he performed with a temporary fill-in for a few dates.
“Okay, a few things,” tweeted Max Collins, fellow ’90s alt-rockers Eve 6 frontman and prolific Twitter prankster, tagging the official Smash Mouth account. “Did you really fire your singer and… may I be your new singer.”
The band responded, “No one got fired, but whenever you want to sing ‘All Star’ with us we’re down.”
No one got fired, but whenever you want to come sing all star with us we are down.
— smash mouth (@smashmouth) 4 October 2021
A representative of the band explained TMZ That Harwell was forced to miss some performances because of issues related to his cardiomyopathy, a form of heart disease that makes it difficult to pump blood to the rest of the body. Harwell was diagnosed in 2015, and was hospitalized due to the condition in 2017.
As People Reportedly, a representative for the band has since confirmed to the magazine that Harwell took a couple of weeks off to recover, but he is currently “feeling great.” He will reportedly be back on stage with the band on Thursday (October 8) for a performance in Jackson, Mississippi.