The massive Sturgis Biker Rally has been a cause of growing concern, with some experts predicting that it could become a “super-spreader event” for COVID-19.
Despite these fears, Smash Mouth singer Steve Harwell let fans know exactly how he feels about the highly contagious virus during a performance at the controversial rally.
“F**k that COVID s**t!” Harwell could be heard telling the crowd in video footage from the event. “Now we’re all here together tonight,” he added.
ZZ Top was to have been one of the performers at the 2020 edition of the annual rally, but cancelled due to COVID-19, along with other scheduled acts including Willie Nelson, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more.
The rally itself, however, wasn’t cancelled, and is currently underway, with an estimated 250,000 bikers congregating in the small South Dakota town for the 10-day event.
Anyone thinking this seems like an extremely bad idea in the midst of a global pandemic is not alone, with experts concerned this could become a super-spreader event like no other, while news outlets such as the Chicago Tribune are reporting that social distancing is non-existent and faces masks are few and far between.
TMZ further reported that even though ZZ Top pulled out of the performance, a tribute band called ZZ3 performed at a jam-packed Sturgis saloon.
“The bar was packed and there was almost no social distancing,” reported TMZ, noting that fears of COVID-19 were “clearly was not on the minds of the saloon audience.”
According to the Tribune, a biker who rode to Sturgis from his home in Arizona summed up the situation succinctly.
“This is a major experiment,” he said. “It could be a major mistake.”