Smash Mouth’s show on Sunday in front of a crowded crowd at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota drew wide outrage.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of cyclists flock to the small city of Sturgis on Friday to start the annual motorcycle rally. More than 250,000 people are expected to attend the 10-day rally, making it one of the biggest events to take place during the pandemic.
South Dakota has seen an increase in coronavirus infections in recent weeks.
The band is one of the featured artists at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip music festival.
Smash Mouth is one of several musical repertoire ̵1; including Trapt, Night Ranger, Saving Abel, Buckcherry, Reverend Horton Heat, 38 Special, Quiet Riot and Big Skillet – to play at the multi-day festival where admission is The entire event door is priced at $ 360 per person, according to the Buffalo Chip website.
Videos and pictures posted to social media showed many in the crowd seemingly following instructions away from society on Sunday night. Most of the attendees did not appear to be wearing masks.
Event organizers said signs will be posted at all entry points and focus areas reminding guests to keep social distance, encourage use of veils, and explain recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, a disease caused by coronavirus. According to the organizers, there should be masks for entry and we recommend keeping them.
Border Patrol Steve Harwell told the crowd, “We’re all here together tonight. F — that COVID s —“, a video showed.
NBC News contacted a Smash Mouth representative on Tuesday to comment on the backlash. The representative said the band did not have any further comments.
In a resident survey conducted by the city, more than 60% said the protest should be postponed, The Associated Press reported. But businesses pressured the City Council to proceed.
Several Twitter users mocked Smash Mouth, calling the line “I’m not the sharpest tool in the warehouse” from their song “All Star” in response to the decision to perform at the big event.
“Imagine the risk of Covid exposure for this … and voluntary Smash Mouth exposure at the same time,” tweeted one user.
Another user tweeted, “So Smash Mouth fans are willing to risk death to listen to All Star live.”
Smash Mouth is one of the newest musical productions to be put into play at a busy live event in recent months.
A charity concert starring The Chainsmokers in the Hamptons, New York last month garnered widespread outrage and a state-level investigation after videos showed seemingly attendees ignore social distracting instructions.