COVID19 Outbreak in 8 States Linked to Smash Mouth Sturgis Rally Concert
90’s band Smash Mouth is one of several musical acts connected to approximately 100 new cases of Covid-19. The band recently played the Sturgis motorcycle festival earlier this month with Night Ranger, the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Buckcherry, Lit, .38 Special, Quiet Riot, Reverend Horton Heat, and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.
During the Smash Mouth set, where festival attendees ignored social distancing guidelines, including getting close to each other and refusing to wear masks, lead singer Steve Harwell said:, “Now we’re all here together tonight. And we’re being human once again. F–k that COVID s–t.”
Unfortunately, COVID19 doesn’t give concertgoers a pass. A representative of the South Dakota Health Department said they have linked at least 40 Covid-19 cases directly to the rally. Meanwhile, The North Dakota Department of Health tracked 17 in-state cases related to the rally and further stated that at least 103 connected cases have also spread to Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Despite the seriousness of the COVID19 outbreak and its potential to spread further with devastating results, Smash Mouth doesn’t seem to be taking any responsibility. The band posted hate mail sent to them on their Instagram with the snarky comment as “fan mail.”
One comment reads, “Well, now over 100 people are sick in 8 different states because you had to have a concert for all both of your old hits.”
The Sturgis Rally had received plenty of criticism, with defenders comparing their right to gather to the Black Lives Matter protests. It should be noted that the rally has never been used for political protests, and also that no significant outbreaks have been connected to the BLM protests.