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Mammoth crowd watches Smash Mouth perform at biker rally despite pandemic


Thousands of fans have got together at a bike rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, at the weekend to watch Smash Mouth perform live despite the prevalence of the coronavirus pandemic still.

According to The Associated Press, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally expects to see 250,000 people spectators come through its doors over the course of the 10-day event which would make it the largest public event in the United States since the pandemic began.

South Dakota has no rules in place that prevent indoor crowds from taking place or mandatory mask-wearing. Governor Kristi Noem reportedly backed the rally after President Donald Trump’s rally at Mount Rushmore last month did not cause a virus outbreak.

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally began August 7th and will run until the 16th. Other acts who are set to perform at the South Dakota event include Night Ranger, the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Buckcherry, Lit, .38 Special, Quiet Riot, Reverend Horton Heat and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.

Many videos from the Smash Mouth event seem to show crowds of thousands attending the set with the footage highlighting the lack of people in the crowd wearing masks and also not appearing to adhere to social distancing measures.

Check out footage of the concert below, which includes Smash Mouth frontman Steve Harwell saying at one point: “We’re all here together tonight! Fuck that COVID shit!”