Harwell tells audience to stop throwing bread. Audience continues throwing bread. Obviously.
Anybody remember Smash Mouth? If you do, you have a very long musical memory – congratulations. For those who don’t, you might remember their biggest hit ‘All-Star’ from 1998? Or their cover of The Monkees’ ‘I’m A Believer’ used on the closing credits of the first Shrek movie in 2001?
Well, they’ve been out of the news for a while, but they’ve made headlines in 2015 by way of an on-stage meltdown by their lead singer at the Taste Of Fort Collins food and music festival in Colorado over the weekend, after a handful of fans had been pelting him with bread, according to USA Today.
Steve Harwell, lead singer of Smash Mouth
Steve Harwell interrupted his own song during the finale of the annual street festival in Fort Collins, Colorado on Sunday night (June 14th), in response to the bread throwers. If this sounds odd, let us explain that the loaves were given away for free as a promotional gimmick by one of the nearby street vendors at the festival.
The fleetingly popular grunge-pop band was a few lines into a rendition of ‘All-Star’ when Harwell finally lost his rag with the audience members in question, and called them up onstage for a fight. Fortunately, a number of people in crowd caught the incident on camera, in what is one of the most compelling and bizarre videos of the year.
“You throw one more piece of s**t on the f*****g stage,” he can be heard saying in the video, “I’m gonna come find your ass, I’m gonna beat your ass, whoever the f**k you are out there, OK?” Entirely predictably, another barrage of yeasty treats arcs gracefully through the air, at which point Harwell gets off the stage and enters the crowd, looking for the “pussy bitches” responsibly.
After a confrontation with the festival’s security and being told to calm down, Harwell got back on stage, sulked for a bit in front of the microphone and then left the stage altogether. The entire incident lasted approximately two and a half minutes. The band played on without Harwell, and the crowd duly sang the lyrics in his place.