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Steve Harwell, founding lead singer of Smash Mouth, dead at 56

According to his management, Steve Harwell, the original lead singer of the rock band Smash Mouth, passed away on Monday.

He was 56.

Harwell had been receiving hospice care over the weekend, however no specific cause of death was given. According to Robert Hayes, the manager of Smash Mouth, he passed away at his home in Boise, Idaho, with family and friends by his side.

A real American Original, Steve Harwell was. In a statement to CNN, Hayes described the apparition as "a larger than life character who shot up into the sky like a Roman candle." "Steve should be recognized for his unwavering dedication and intense drive to become a music sensation. And his exploits are all the more impressive given that he had very no prior musical training and was able to attain this nearly impossible aim. He had no other means of propulsion but his unstoppable charisma, fearless rabid ambition, and king-sized cajones.

The band Smash Mouth, best known for its number-one hits "All Star" and "I'm a Believer," was founded in 1994, with Harwell serving as the band's longstanding lead singer.

During Harwell's career, the group received a Grammy nomination for "All Star," a song that went on to become a cult favorite after being featured on the soundtrack of the 2001 animated picture "Shrek."

People always ask me, "Do you get tired of playing these songs?," which I find odd. Why would I tire of playing them, I wonder? This is what pays my bills and puts food on the table. In a 2014 interview, Harwell discussed the band's most well-known hits with Vice. There's always someone in the audience who hasn't heard it, you know. or didn't witness it in person. I approach it in this manner when I take the stage. People just go crazy as soon as that famous song begins. When did 'Free Bird' get stale?

To increase the band's early notoriety, Harwell personally took their song "Astro Lounge" to radio stations around the nation to get it played on the air.

Harwell stated in 1999, "We never do anything traditional. "Never do we enter by the front door. To get our goods played, the rear door or an open window are always used.

While Smash Mouth saw its greatest level of popularity in the late 1990s, the band kept performing together, and their fans stuck by them.

Regarding recent tours, Harwell remarked, "We've never sounded better." The shows were excellent. Fantastic response from the crowd. The band as a whole is now quite close-knit. We're all aging, and I'm happier about it now than I was in the past.

With new lead vocalist Zach Goode since Harwell's departure from the band in 2021 due to health difficulties, the band has continued to perform.

"Steve led a life that was 100% full-throttle. Before going out of existence, it will shine brightly throughout the universe," Hayes said in his conclusion. Heevo Veev, good night. Rest easy knowing that, despite all odds, you managed to hit the mark.


Daniel Jack

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