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Thursday, 12 March, 2015 1:38 AM

Smash Mouth to perform free concert on March 14 in Palm Springs, CA

New live album on the way plus tour stop during the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

PHOTO CREDIT: Jay Blakesburg

American rock group Smash Mouth


by Jason Rzucidlo



PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- Smash Mouth is best known for the hits “Walkin’ on the Sun” (1997), “All Star” (1999) and who can forget “I’m A Believer” from the original Shrek film.

Vocalist Steve Harwell and bass guitarist Paul De Lisle have been part of the group since its start in 1994. The rock group has gone through several band member changes over the years. Michael Klooster currently plays keyboards while Jason Sutter is on drums and Sean Hurwitz plays the guitar.

I recently did an exclusive interview with De Lisle via phone. First, I wanted to know what’s kept him going this whole time?

“That’s true, I don’t know,” he laughed. “Steve and I are the two sole survivors that’s for sure. I guess what’s kept us going—Steve and I talk about this. We just feel like we’re not done yet. We still feel vital in that we have songs to do and our concerts are better than ever. We simply don’t see any reason to stop.”

The bass guitar player also wrote the song “Pacific Coast Party” from their 2001 self-titled album. How did that come about?

“I wrote that right when we got off the Astro Lounge tour,” De Lisle answered. “Greg [Camp] and I moved to Santa Cruz and we had a little bit of a break when we really didn’t have that much to do. I was just playing around and I wrote this song, it was like a disco song. I wasn’t going to show it to anybody. Greg came over to my house about a month later and worked up songs for our third record. He says to me, ‘You got anything?’ I said, ‘No, I don’t got anything.’

“Right then, my then wife walked by and goes, ‘Show him the disco song.’ So I played it for him and he kind of laughed and then he said, ‘Play that again.’ I played that again and then he just leaves me house. He turns and goes, ‘Yyou don’t know what you just did.’ The next day he invited me to the studio and he actually recorded a track for it. Then, I was really excited. Greg kind of championed it. He was the one that said, ‘Paul wrote a really good song.’ That was kind of a nice thing and it ended up being the first single.”

“All Star” was among your biggest hits. Did you know it was something special when you were working on it?

“Honestly, I remember this as clear as yesterday, we just finished the album and I had been doing some session work," De Lisle said. "As soon as I got back to Santa Cruz, I was at this bar and Greg came running in at around one in the morning and he goes, ‘come out to my truck.’ He had done demos of ‘All Star’ and ‘Then the Morning Comes.’ After I heard the first two together, I thought that ‘Then the Morning Comes’ was going to be the bigger hit. What do I know? It was a hit, but not as big as ‘All Star.’ Greg has presented them to me at the same time. I knew they were both great. I guess that’s why I don’t choose the singles.”

You’re going to be performing along with Smash Mouth on March 14 in downtown Palm Springs. Can you give me a preview of that show?

“I can’t wait for our live album to come out, because it’s going to be a lot like that," the bass guitarist explained. "We’re a different band live than we are on our records. It’s much more of a real rock band. We have a great drummer. Everything is kind of ramped up a few notches. We’re a solid live band—that’s what people can look forward to. It’s much more explosive live. The reason we can keep touring so long is we have five or six albums of original material to choose from. We know there’s five hits that we have to play. Beyond that, we can mix up our set list and keep it exciting. I think that has a lot to do with our longevity as well.”

Will that be your guys first time playing in the southern California desert?

“No, we’ve played Palm Springs a lot.”

When can we expect that new live album to hit store shelves?

“At the very latest June, but probably earlier. I think it’s going to be out around May. It will definitely be released by June when we start our big summer tour.”

I noticed you’re from Exeter, Ontario, Canada. How often do you get to visit your hometown?

“We keep talking about a full Canadian tour, which we might do in the fall," De Lisle said. "I don’t get back there as often as I’d like. I went and visited by cousin in Kingston not too long ago. Both of my parents are from Ottawa, my whole family is up there. They are always up there in the summer and that’s our busiest time.”

I’m from Detroit. How many times have you played the Motor City?

“My father was an airline pilot, he was in the Canadian Air Force," he added. "I lived in Ann Arbor for a couple of years. I was too young to know that the MC5 was going on and everything. Personally, I love touring. Like Greg used to say, ‘I can’t wait until I go on tour so I can get some rest.’ When you get home, you don’t know what to do with yourself. For me, the fun part is playing every night. I enjoy the camaraderie. It’s a great way to spend the summer.”

Do you have favorite places you like to stop—whether it be restaurants or bars along the way?

“There’s always the truck stops, the good old Flying J at three in the morning. Waffle House is always good.”

Can we expect some new material from you guys anytime soon?

“Yeah, we’re always recording new music. Then, we just kind of slip it into our set. Sometimes we’ll throw in a cover song or something we’ve done throughout the years. We have such a catalog of music that make our sets kind of new everything we go out.”

Since you’ve been in the business since 1994, what kind of advice do you have to those trying to break in?

“Don’t do it. Be persistent. The key is you have to love playing. If you’re just doing it because you’re trying to make it, you’re probably not going to stick around too long. We simply love what we do.”

Look for Smash Mouth to perform a free concert on March 14 in downtown Palm Springs. If you’re thinking of attending, it will be located at the corner of Calle Encilla and Andreas roads. For those of you in Detroit, we’ve got you covered. Smash Mouth will perform on Sunday, May 31 before the start of the second Chevrolet Dual in Detroit IndyCar race on Belle Isle.

For more information about Smash Mouth, visit their official website at, their Facebook page and their Twitter page.

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Smash Mouth will entertain audiences in Palm Springs on March 14.



They will release a new live album before kicking off their summer tour in June.



Smash Mouth will perform at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on Sunday, May 31.







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