Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell is no longer part of the band.
The 54-year-old rocker is retiring from music to deal with his physical and mental health, Harwell’s reps told The Post on Tuesday.
“Steve has been dealing with longstanding medical issues over the past 8 years and during his last appearance 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 New York, where Harwell abused their words, threatened the audience and apparently gave a Nazi salute to the crowd. The video was taken by a TikTok user who goes by the name Haley, who called it “chaotic”.
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 suffers from heart failure and acute Wernicke’s encephalopathy. The latter condition greatly affected his motor functions, including speech and impaired memory.
“Despite Steve’s best efforts to work through these ailments, he is heartbroken to share that while performing in front of the band’s millions of fans around the world, he continues to do what he loves most. It has become impossible to keep.”
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 rockstar, performing in sold-out arenas, and was 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.”
“Thank you, to our loyal and wonderful fans, this is all made possible because of you. I’ve tried so hard to power through my physical and mental health issues and play in front of you one last time, but I wasn’t able to. I am so grateful to each and every one of you who have helped Smash Mouth sell over 10 million albums worldwide, top the radio charts and make ‘All Star’ one of the top memes on the internet today. Relevant as one. ,” 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 Steve has suffered a variety of addictions over the years which has led to a number of medical and mental health problems. His appearance on the Big Sip Show made it clear that Harwell “can no longer perform due to symptoms from his diagnosis”, according to Insider, despite having “every intention to continue successfully in the band”.
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.
“This TikTok video is not an accurate representation of Steve’s man. Steve had every intention of successfully remaining in the band, but he would retire to focus on his serious health issues,” the source said.