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If the nostalgia of Toad the Wet Sprocket, Tonic and Smash Mouth entices you, be sure to leave the bread at home for an upcoming July concert in Arvada.
Sunday, the Taste of Fort Collins featured headliner Smash Mouth, and in a complete and total moment of Kanye Westery, singer Steve Harwell stopped performing and threatened to beat up audience members… for throwing bread.
Bread? Yes, bread.
I unfortunately missed my chance to see a washed-up, one-hit wonder singer from the ’90s go crazy. Thankfully, a bystander (and potential social-media junkie) filmed the fracas. It’s worth watching.
In the video, Harwell spends about two solid minutes dropping F-bombs and threatening to beat up whoever is throwing bread at him — all in front of a crowd of mainly children and families.
Smash Mouth has seen better days, it’s no secret. The band’s height of fame was in late-’90s, early-’00s when it was still cool to have frosted tips and wear JNCO jeans. Don’t get me wrong, I would have loved to see “All Star” live — as any child of that era probably would.Nostalgia is fun, especially when it’s corny and lacks relevance.
So this is what Smash Mouth has become: The relic in the closet that exits the stage at 8 p.m. (not because it’s the opening act, but because that’s when the show ends) and plays free shows for families and middle-aged festivalgoers. Harwell should be happy people cared enough to even make the effort to drive north just to see the band.
The throwing of bread should have been overlooked by Harwell. He should have moved past it and continued to play for the crowd. It’s bread. It’s actually a funny thing to throw, and it’s relatively harmless.
Besides that, the crowd at the Taste of Fort Collins was probably just people who like free stuff. They’re mainly just there to eat festival food and drink in mass quantities. They’re not necessarily there for the music. It’s not like Bonaroo, a festival where music fans pay large amounts of money to experience music.
I’m not saying Hawell is a wussy, but Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl just played a show with a broken leg. This marks the difference between a good artist writing a hit song that defined a generation (Grohl’s “Everlong”) and a mediocre musician creating a funny song that’s mainly regarded as only fun, not epic (Harwell’s “All Star”).
The frontman owes the crowd an apology for getting butthurt over something so innocent. And for taking forever to start the only song people wanted to hear.
It must sound stupid to him now, “yeah, I was really pissed because someone threw bread at me and then I made an ass out of myself to a crowd of children.”
And that’s when you know you’ve hit rock bottom.