Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell is apparently retiring after a controversial upstate concert on Saturday that saw him flout his words and make vaguely threatening comments to audiences. The singer has been struggling with health issues for several years and the band has performed a few recent concerts with a backup singer.
The singer, 54, apparently made the announcement to TMZ, although there had been no social media posts from either his band or that of the band at the time of this article’s publication (the Instagram account de Harwell is private) and a rep for the group did not immediately respond to Variety’s request. for comment.
“Ever since I was a kid, I dreamed of being a rockstar performing in front of sold-out arenas and I was lucky enough to live that dream. For my band mates it has been an honor to play with you all these years and I can’t think of anyone else that I would have preferred to go on this wild trip with.
According to TMZ, Harwell was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy eight years ago, which resulted in other medical setbacks like heart failure and Wernicke’s encephalopathy, which impact his motor functions, including speech and memory, and presumably contributed to his disoriented performance at the concert, which took place on Saturday afternoon in Bethel, New York. Snippets of the performance have been circulating widely online over the past few days.
Harwell had announced earlier that he intended to take time off from the show, but apparently he retired completely.
“To our loyal and amazing fans, thank you, this has all been possible because of you. I tried so hard to overcome my physical and mental health issues and play in front of you one last time, but I just couldn’t, ”he concluded, according to TMZ. “I can’t wait to see what Smash Mouth achieves next and can’t wait to be one of the new fans of the group. “