WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Smash Mouth headlined a packed concert Sunday night amid the coronavirus pandemic.
- The 90s band performed in front of thousands of bikers attending the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota.
- Organizers urged the use of masks or face coverings, but they were not required.
Smash Mouth headlined a concert in South Dakota on Sunday night where thousands of people turned up amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The 90s band played in front of their fans who didn’t seem concerned about the ongoing pandemic that’s killed at least 160,000 people in the United Staes.
The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is held yearly and the bikers are determined not to miss the event this year.
“We’re all here together tonight! F–k that COVID shit!” front-man Steve Harwell said on stage, getting cheers from the crowd.
The iconic 10-day festival was expected to attract some 250,000 motorcycle enthusiasts, USA Today reported. It has scaled down from about half-a-million people who attended the annual event in previous years.
Festival-goers didn’t have to face many of the social distancing restrictions common elsewhere in the country, according to USA Today. For instance, bikers who traveled in from a virus hotspot were not required to quarantine.
Event organizers said they encourage the use of masks or face coverings, but they were not required.
Video clips from the festival’s Buffalo Chip concert series, where Smash Mouth performed, showed mask-less crowds packed together in front of the stage.
But Smash Mouth maintained it felt safe and took all safety precautions possible ahead of the event.
“Everything backstage was sanitized, etc. The band has their own Covid addendum to their rider as well and the promoter and venue adhered to all of our requests,” band manager Robert Hayes told Billboard in an email.
“We spent endless hours advancing this event to make sure that it was pulled off as safely as possible and we are very happy with the outcome.”
The performers said they didn’t have any control over what safety measures attendees followed, but claimed most of them were on their motorcycles “which eliminated a lot of physical contact between attendees and actually created a forced social distance.”
“The Smash Mouth organization is taking this pandemic very seriously and has taken measures to keep our band, crew and fans as safe as possible during this time,” Hayes said.
Source: New York Post