Somebody once told me the world was gonna roll me, am I right guys?
On Sunday, at the Taste of Fort Collins festival, a Smash Mouth set devolved into a leavened hellscape after a few haters took a gift previously popularized by Jesus Christ (free loaves of bread, given out to the hungry masses by one of the food-and-music festival’s vendors) and used it to carry out a modern miracle (throwing bread at the lead singer of Smash Mouth and making him so angry that he jumped into the audience, trying to fight).
“I’m gonna beat your ass, whoever you are out there,” intones bread-injured Steve Harwell, in a video at the Coloradoan. “Walk your bad ass up here. Come on, badass... I’m telling you right now, I’m gonna beat the fuck out of you. You fucking, punk, bitch.” A few ska-lite guitar strains whip through the tense, beautiful air. “You’re ruining a show for thousands of people right now, because I’m gonna walk offstage and guess what, you’re paying for it, motherfucker, OK?”
A chorus of booing thickens, like fog on a field at dawn. Steve Harwell, lead singer of Smash Mouth, jumps offstage, prepared for the fight of his life. Security runs after him and pulls him back onstage. The guitar riff solidifies, and the entire crowd—this really happened—starts singing “All Star” along with the leaderless band.
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