South Bay native Steve Harwell is reportedly retiring from Smash Mouth to focus on mental health issues.
The news comes immediately after footage of the 54-year-old singer acting incredibly weird and mean on the recent Smash Mouth show, one of the most popular bands to ever come out of San Jose. …
One of the concert attendees recorded part of the performance that took place on October 9 at the Big Sip Festival near Syracuse, New York, and posted the footage on TikTok. Since then, it has been viewed over 1½ million times, making Harwell and his group popular on social media for the wrong reasons.
“When I say that this is the most chaotic show I’ve ever seen in my life … I have no words,” says the concert participant at the beginning of the video.
In the video, Harwell swears indistinctly at the crowd. He also threatens someone, saying, “I will (swearly) kill your entire family, I swear to God.”
He also makes a hand gesture, which the Los Angeles Times described as “a kind of Nazi salute to the crowd.”
Watch the video on TikTok here.
Now, it looks like it will be Harwell’s last performance with a group known for big hits like Walkin ‘on the Sun, All Star and a cover of I’m a Believer.
“Steve has dealt with long-term health problems for the past eight years, and during his last performance on the Big Sip stage, he had numerous symptoms directly related to his current medical situation,” a Harwell spokesman told the New York Post. “Starting today, Steve will be leaving Smash Mouth to focus on his physical and mental health.”
The New York Post has defined the condition as cardiomyopathy, which weakens the heart and can lead to heart failure.
Harwell also made a statement expressing his deep gratitude as he said goodbye to life in the band.
“Since childhood, I dreamed of becoming a rock star, performing in front of sold-out arenas, and I am so lucky to have that dream come true,” Harwell said in a statement, according to the New York Post. “It has been an honor for my bandmates to perform with you all these years and I can’t remember anyone I would rather go on this crazy journey with.
“Thanks to our loyal and wonderful fans, all of this is made possible thanks to you. I tried so hard to overcome my physical and mental health problems and play in front of you one last time, but I just didn’t succeed. “
Although Harwell is leaving Smash Mouth, the group reportedly plans to continue working and is looking for a new vocalist. And Harwell wishes them the best in that endeavor.
“I can’t wait to see what Smash Mouth does next and look forward to seeing myself as one of the newest fans of the group,” he said in a statement.