Photos by EVA RINALDI
Smash Mouth, known for its hits “Walking On The Sun” and “All-Star” will play the Canyon Club and The Rose this weekend.
The band, led by Steve Harwell and Paul De Lisle, have endured the ups and downs of rock stardom. Their music has become synonymous with the movie Shrek, which featured their Monkees cover of “I’m a Believer.”
But Smash Mouth never intended to be the heartthrob of youngsters and their parents worldwide. Co-founder Harwell started out in a rap band called Freedom of Speech. Harwell got together with De Lisle, a punker, and Smash Mouth was formed. Their 1997 album Fush Yu Mang went double-platinum powered by ‘Walking On The Sun.”
The current incarnation of the band, is Harwell, De Lisle, Jason Sutter, Michael Klooster and Sean Hurwitz.
Harwell and crew are no newbies to touring and recording as the group has been on the road and recording since they formed in 1994 in Northern Cal.