Smash Mouth

Melissa Moniz
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Friday - July 25, 2008

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The rock band that made the opening scene of Shrek equally as fun as its colorful characters is coming to Hawaii next month.

Smash Mouth is taking over The Waterfront at Aloha Tower Marketplace Aug. 2 along with opening act Go Jimmy Go. Go Jimmy Go will take the stage at 7 p.m. and Smash Mouth will follow at 7:30.

Just this week, the concert changed venue from the Waikiki Shell, for which it was originally planned. Those who already purchased tickets need to exchange them for new ones at discounted prices. Tickets for the concert are on sale, and prices vary from $55 to $45 for pre-sale general admission and $50 at the door. Limited VIP seating is available for $55. Tickets are available for purchase at the Honolulu Box Office at or 550-8457. Refunds for previously purchased tickets can be made at point of purchase.

Presented by Verizon Wireless, Hawaii Pacific Entertainment and JP Productions, the California-based band will perform hits such as Walkin’ On The Sun, All Star, I’m A Believer and many other catchy tracks off its five multi-platinum-selling albums.

Smash Mouth has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide and is best known for its 1997 No. 1 hit Walkin’ On The Sun and its 1999 release All Star, which topped three national radio charts and hit No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The band, composed of members Steve Harwell on vocals, Leroy on guitar/vocals, Paul DeLisle on bass/vocals, Mitch Marine on drums, Michael Klooster on keyboards and Mark Cavantes on percussion, released its fifth CD, Summer Girl, on its very own label, Beautiful Bomb Records (RED Distribution), in 2006. The first single, Story Of My Life, hit the Top 20 at Hot AC Radio and the single So Insane is featured in the film Zoom starring Tim Allen and Courtney Cox.



MidWeek caught up with Steve Harwell, lead singer of Smash Mouth

What can Hawaii fans expect at your upcoming concert here?

If you could picture going on your favorite roller coaster ride over and over again and not having to wait in line ...

When was the last time you guys were in Hawaii?

I was in Hawaii for my 40th birthday and first anniversary on Jan. 9 last year (I put them both on the same day so I never forget ... ha ha). My good friend Sammy Hagar was kind enough to open his home to us for a week.

Will there be any time for sightseeing and touring when you’re here?

Yes, we are staying some extra days so we will have plenty of time to get wet and wild!

What are you looking forward to doing?

Sightseeing, snorkeling and good food.

Which would you say was your bigger hit, Walkin’ On The Sun or All Star?

For me, I never think of one bigger than the other. I consider them all great songs and equally as fun to play.

Was Shrek one of the biggest deals for the group?

Yes, Shrek was one of the biggest licensing deals Smash Mouth has done, among many others.

Any plans to work on another movie soundtrack?

Any time you write a song, in the back of your mind you are always thinking movie, TV., etc.

What’s your favorite song to perform live?

I’m A Believer. It’s a great audience participation song, so I get a lot of enjoyment out of it.

What do you credit to the group’s longevity?

You always have to believe in yourself. The day you quit believing in yourself is the day it’s going to end.

Are you guys working on album No. 6?

Yes, we are in the process right now and are about three songs into the record.

What else do you guys want to conquer/accomplish?

Earlier this year I recorded a solo country record in Nashville. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.


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