Smash Mouth Fans Get Cursed at During Festival

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While performing at Taste of Fort Collins, a street festival in Colorado, Smash Mouth‘s Steve Harwell got set off in a fit of rage, threatening to harm members of the crowd. The Smash Mouth frontman was about to perform the band’s 1999 hit “All Star” when fans began pelting him with pieces of bread that a local vendor had been passing out earlier. Though the band tried to diffuse the situation by playing, Harwell continued to rant saying, “You wanna be a badass? Come up here. Come on. Come be a badass up here. Come on! Come onstage! Come onstage, badass! Come on! Come onstage! You bring your ass onstage, whoever’s throwing shit at me!” The rant, which lasted over two minutes, ended with Harwell being restrained by security. The band eventually finished “All Star,’ but did not perform the entire time they were allotted. The family-friendly three day festival included acts such as Andy Grammer, Atlas Genius, The Mowgli’s, Amzy, and Over The Counter with Smash Mouth being the finale act of the festival.

Though Smash Mouth formed in 1994, it wasn’t until their 1999 sophomore album Astro Lounge that the band began their rise to fame. The album was certified triple platinum and included “All Star,” which is one of their most successful songs to date. The band has since went on to create six studio albums, as well as a greatest hits album, and had their music played on both tv and movies, as well as several parodies. One of those parodies is by Kansas City Royals fan, Jesse Newell, who used the song as a tribute to his favorite team, who also appear to be filling the majority of the spots on the American League All Stars. The video, which Newell describes, ““With the best team in baseball representing almost the entire starting lineup for the American League All Stars, I figured I should make a little video as a tribute to the players and, especially, the best fans in baseball for voting them in. What better song to parody than “All Star” by Smash Mouth? Go Royals!” was uploaded early Thursday morning and has over forty-thousand views.

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