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The Smash Mouth Rockers took to Instagram to share the hate mail they received after taking part in the controversial Sturgis Motorcycle Rally amid the COVID-19 crisis.
The band took to the stage at the event in South Dakota earlier this month, with local media reporting that the concert drew “hundreds, if not thousands” of fans.
They also shared snippets from the annual gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts, who did not follow social distancing guidelines and saw few spectators wearing face masks despite the event’s website encouraging them to follow the Centers’ pandemic guidelines. for Disease Control.
“Now we’re all here together tonight. And we’re human again, ”said Steve Harwell, frontman of Smash Mouth, on stage at the event. “F… this Covid is….
According to the Associated Press, 103 cases of COVID-19 directly linked to the rally have been reported by health departments in eight states – South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming and Washington – and the group has been heavily criticized for their involvement.
In the caption of a photo showing a broken CD of the band’s music, with a letter partially visible, with the words “kill”, “mother f—” and “selfish,” the band wrote: “recent fan mail . ”
Many acts including Night Ranger, Quiet Riot and many others also performed at events which, according to the rally’s official website, “required (the guests) to have a mask with them when entering the amphitheater.” . Masks were also apparently available for purchase at points of entry.