Smash Mouth's Steve Harwell to retire amid declining health
Smash Mouth singer Steve Harwell to retire from performing amid deteriorating heath… after bizarre clip of him slurring and cursing on stage went viral
Smash Mouth’s Steve Harwell is retiring after a messy performance in upstate New York went viral over the weekend.
The All Star singer, 54, sparked concern after he was seen slurring his speech while cursing and lashing out at audiences during the event in Bethel, New York.
And now sources close to Harwell say he understands it’s best to stop performing as his ‘health continues to deteriorate,’ according to TMZ.
Final bow: Steve Harwell of Smash Mouth is retiring from performing after going viral for a messy performance in upstate New York over the weekend. He’s seen in 2016 above
Steve was reportedly diagnoses with cardiomyopathy eight years ago, leading to further complications like heart failure and Wernicke’s encephalopathy, a condition that ‘impacts his motor functions, including speech and memory.’
He has also dealt with substance abuse issues in the past, complicating his already fragile health.
Furthermore, insiders say he was going through ‘an episode’ which completely disoriented him during the show.
Harwell confirmed his retirement to TMZ in a statement, saying: ‘Ever since I was a kid, I dreamed of being a Rockstar performing in front of sold-out arenas and have been so fortunate to live out that dream.’
‘To my bandmates, it’s been an honor performing with you all these years and I can’t think of anyone else I would have rather gone on this wild journey with.’
the most chaotic show I’ve ever been to #smashmouth #heynow #allstar #shrekisloveshrekislife
Out of control: The All Star singer, 54, sparked concern after he was seen slurring his speech while cursing and lashing out at audiences during the event in Bethel, New York, above
‘To our loyal and amazing fans, thank you, all of this was possible because of you. I’ve tried so hard to power through my physical and mental health issues, and to play in front of you one last time, but I just wasn’t able to.’
He also thanked ‘those who have kept ‘All Star’ relevant as one of the top memes on the internet today.’
‘I cannot wait to see what Smash Mouth accomplishes next and am looking forward to counting myself as one of the band’s newest fans,’ he finished.
Fans were shocked to see the Walking On The Sun singer slurring and cursing in a social media clip shot at a show in Bethel, New York Saturday.
Crowds suspected he was intoxicated during the concert, which a TikTok clip from the account @doesthisfeelgood, described as ‘the most chaotic show I’ve ever seen in my entire life.’
Chaos: TikTok clip from the account @doesthisfeelgood, described as ‘the most chaotic show I’ve ever seen in my entire life’
Nope: Harwell appeared to give a Nazi salute to the crowd at the concert
In the clip, the band appeared to be having issues with a spotty PA system while Harwell was also seen drinking and flashing middle fingers during the performance.
Harwell was heard saying from the stage, ‘I’ll f***ing kill your whole family, I swear to God.’
He was also captured on camera raising his arm in what appeared to be a Nazi salute.
The band made headlines last year with a concert at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota in August of 2020 amid a time of high coronavirus rates.
One too many? Crowds suspected he was intoxicated during the concert but sources say the signer was having an ‘episode’
Harwell’s camp previously said he was going to take a break to deal with ongoing health issues, as his agent told TMZ that the singer was dealing with cardiomyopathy and heart issues.
Harwell’s rep said that the singer was going to rest and adjust his medication.
The San Jose, California-based band had its biggest success in the late-90s fueled by their Grammy-nominated hit single All Star, as well as Then the Morning Comes and Walkin’ on the Sun.
The group has also had success with remakes of classics such as Why Can’t We Be Friends? and I’m a Believer.
Blast from the past: The San Jose, California-based band had its biggest success in the late-90s fueled by their Grammy-nominated hit single All Star, as well as Then the Morning Comes and Walkin’ on the Sun
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