Smash Mouth share hate mail after controversial motorcycle rally gig

The group took the stage at the South Dakota event earlier this month

Maggie Zepeda, centre, dances as she watches a concert at the Full Throttle Saloon during the 80th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota Aug. 9, 2020. Michael Ciaglo / Getty Images

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Rockers Smash Mouth took to Instagram to share the hate mail they received after performing at the controversial Sturgis Motorcycle Rally amid the COVID-19 crisis.

The group took the stage at the South Dakota event earlier this month, with local news outlets reporting the concert drew “hundreds, if not thousands” of fans.

They also shared clips from the annual gathering of motorcycle aficionados, which didn’t adhere to social distancing guidelines and saw few concertgoers wearing protective face masks despite the event’s website encouraging them to follow the Centers for Disease Control’s pandemic guidelines.

“Now we’re all here together tonight. And we’re being human once again,” said Smash Mouth frontman Steve Harwell while onstage at the event. “F— that Covid s—.”

According to the Associated Press, 103 COVID-19 cases directly related to the rally have been reported by the health departments in eight states – South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming and Washington – and the band has been heavily criticized for their involvement.

In the caption of a photo showing a smashed up CD of the group’s music, along with a partially visible letter, featuring the words “kills”, “mother f——” and “selfish”, the group penned: “recent fan mail.”

Numerous acts including Night Ranger, Quiet Riot and many more also played at the events, which according to the rally’s official website “required (guests) to have a mask with them when they enter the amphitheater”. Masks were also apparently available for purchase at entry points.

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