Smash Mouth Singer Reveals Hiatus From Band After Mystery Frontman Fills In
It is Harwell's voice that leads the Northern California act's late '90s pop-rock hits such as "All Star" and "Walkin' on the Sun."
However, to many fans' confusion, the band didn't clarify the nature of Harwell's hiatus until after employing a mystery singer for several concerts. TMZ did not identify the fill-in musician, but Smash Mouth bassist Paul De Lisle has previously performed lead vocals in Harwell's absence. Since 2015, Harwell has dealt with heart failure and cardiomyopathy — a disease that makes it harder for the heart to pump blood.
See fan-captured footage from a recent Smash Mouth performance down toward the bottom of this post.
"Steve had not been feeling well," the tabloid summarized from a statement from a Smash Mouth representative on Tuesday. "[It] forced him to miss a few performances." The band's current singer is "someone the band knows and was substituting for a few shows, but it's NOT a permanent move."
As of this posting, it appears Smash Mouth have yet to address the singer swap online. In the past, they've used social media to question their exclusion from a greatest songs list, tell a "Straight Pride" parade to "FUCK OFF," and ask Drake to sit down at NBA games.