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‘F–k that COVID shit!’: Smash Mouth plays to thousands of bikers at rally – New York Post

August 10, 2020 | 4:49pm

They ‘aint the sharpest tools in the shed…

Thousands of people turned up to a concert headlined by Smash Mouth in South Dakota on Sunday night amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The 90s pop-rockers and their fans at the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally didn’t seem worried about gathering together during the viral outbreak that’s killed at least 160,000 Americans.

“We’re all here together tonight! F–k that COVID shit!” front-man Steve Harwell said on stage, earning cheers from the crowd.

The iconic 10-day festival was expected to attract some 250,000 motorcycle enthusiasts, scaled down from about half-a-million people who attended in previous years, according to USA Today.

Festival goers didn’t have to face many of the social distancing restrictions common elsewhere in the country, the newspaper reported. For example, those who traveled in from a virus hotspot for the event were not required to quarantine.

And while organizers encouraged the use of masks or face coverings, they were not required.

Footage from the festival’s Buffalo Chip concert series, where Smash Mouth performed performed, showed mask-less crowds packed together in front of the stage.

But the “All Star” band maintained it felt safe and took all safety precautions possible ahead of the event.

“Everything backstage was sanitized, etc. The band has their own Covid addendum to their rider as well and the promoter and venue adhered to all of our requests,” band manager Robert Hayes told Billboard in an email.

“We spent endless hours advancing this event to make sure that it was pulled off as safely as possible and we are very happy with the outcome.”

The performers said they didn’t have any control over what safety measures attendees followed, but claimed most of them were on their motorcycles “which eliminated a lot of physical contact between attendees and actually created a forced social distance.”

“The Smash Mouth organization is taking this pandemic very seriously and has taken measures to keep our band, crew and fans as safe as possible during this time,” Hayes said.

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The Last of Us Part 2 sales smash record to become Sony’s fastest-selling PS4 game ever – VG247

By Cian Maher,
Sunday, 21 June 2020 18:20 GMT

The Last of Us Part 2 sales have smashed the record for Sony’s fastest-selling PS4 exclusive, knocking Naughty Dog’s previous record holder by the wayside.

The news comes from a report published by, which concludes that The Last of Us Part 2 sales have knocked 2016’s Uncharted 4 off its perch as the fastest-selling PS4 exclusive of this console generation.

Sales from its opening week have been approximately 1% higher than that of Uncharted 4 — although the GamesIndustry report specifically clarifies that digital sales are not factored into this statistic, meaning that The Last of Part 2 may have smashed the record by an even wider margin.

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Launch sales for The Last of Us Part 2 have been roughly 76% higher than those of the series’ inaugural title. Alongside this, The Last of Us Part 2 has become the UK’s fastest-selling boxed game of 2020 so far, raking in approximately 40% more cash than this year’s previous sales juggernaut, Animal Crossing: New Horizons — which, interestingly, has finally fallen out of the top 10 after holding a consistent place there since its launch back in March.

At the moment, Ring Fit Adventure is the second-bestselling game for this week. As the report notes, it’s the third week in a row it’s had to settle for the silver medal.

In related news, it seems a lot of people are pretty impressed with The Last of Us Part 2’s rope physics. On top of that, The Last of Us Part 2’s facial animations — which are systemic in non-cinematic cutscenes, meaning that they are algorithmically defined as opposed to being the result of facial capture — have been described as “like nothing that anyone has ever seen in games.”

Also, remember how you could play Crash Bandicoot on a random PS1 in Uncharted 4? Well, in true Naughty Dog fashion, there are a couple of clever little self-referential Easter eggs in The Last of Us Part 2.

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