The band, which had quite a lot of hits within the late ’90s and early ’00s, performed at a beer and wine competition in Bethel, New York, on Saturday, however Harwell gave a weird efficiency. A video on TikTok seems to indicate him cursing on the crowd, slurring his speech and at one level making a gesture that resembles a Nazi salute, as USA Today notes. (The singer’s representatives stated the video has “been taken out of context.”)
Harwell evidently announced his retirement to TMZ, which reported the information Tuesday. He stated it was as a result of well being challenges have change into an excessive amount of for him.
“Ever since I used to be a child, I dreamed of being a rock star performing in entrance of sold-out arenas and have been so lucky to reside out that dream,” Harwell stated, based on TMZ. “To my bandmates, it’s been an honor performing with you all these years and I can’t consider anybody else I’d have fairly gone on this wild journey with.”
Harwell was identified eight years in the past with cardiomyopathy, and has since skilled different medical points together with coronary heart failure and acute Wernicke encephalopathy, affecting his speech and reminiscence, according to Variety.
A consultant for Smash Mouth blamed Harwell’s medical points for his current erratic efficiency, excerpts of which could be seen under.
In a press release to USA Right now, a spokesperson for Harwell stated the singer has lengthy been “a staunch and outspoken supporter of all minority teams, and he regrets his actions.”
“This TikTok video shouldn’t be an correct illustration of the person Steve is,” the spokesperson stated.
“I’ve tried so arduous to energy by means of my bodily and psychological well being points and to play in entrance of you one final time, however I simply wasn’t capable of,” Harwell stated, based on TMZ.
As of Tuesday night, the band had not introduced Harwell’s departure on its social media, however Harwell stated he “can’t wait to see what Smash Mouth accomplishes subsequent” and is “wanting ahead to counting myself as one of many band’s latest followers.”
HuffPost reached out to representatives for the band, however didn’t instantly obtain a response.