The Black Keys regret inducting Steve Miller into the Rock Hall

danauerbachThe Black Keys were given the honor of inducting Steve Miller into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame on Friday, but after the experience they say they had with Miller, the duo seems to wish someone else had been chosen for the job.

After Miller took shots at the Rock Hall itself, the music industry, and his record label on Friday, Black Keys vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach told Rolling Stone that he and drummer Patrick Carney didn’t think the setting for Miller’s rants were appropriate.

“Pat and I both regret (inducting Miller),” Auerbach said. “It’s unfortunate. Of course there are problems in the music industry. Of course. But we were there, unpaid, on our own free will, to come celebrate his achievements and spread the joy of rock & roll. To inspire kids to pick up guitars. To play music. And it felt like we were doing the opposite.”

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Auerbach also said, “There’s a time and a place to stand up and be angry. But when people are honoring you for how great you are, that’s not the fucking time or place. It was the only story everyone talked about. It overshadowed Kendrick [Lamar]’s message of positivity and it’s totally unfortunate. And I hated being a part of that. I hated the feeling in my gut of being connected to that negativity.”

Auerbach told Rolling Stone that Miller didn’t seem to know much about who The Black Keys were, leading to some uncomfortable moments.

“I guess we felt, I don’t know, we read a lot of things and we got a really uncomfortable feeling when we first met Steve,” Auerbach said. “He had no idea who we were. No idea. The first thing he told us was, ‘I can’t wait to get out of here.’ He knew that we signed up to do this speech for him. And he made no effort to even [laughs uncomfortably] — he didn’t even figure out who we were.”

The entire interview is quite an interesting read as Auerbach also criticizes Miller calling the Rock Hall a “Boys club” (“The Steve Miller band has had 35 members and no women”, the immediate reaction to their encounter (“We were so disappointed that as soon as we got offstage, we left while he was playing”) and more. Click here to check it out.

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4 comments to “The Black Keys regret inducting Steve Miller into the Rock Hall”
  1. The time and place to speak your mind is when you have the stage – The Black Keys should reconsider that very concept…to speak your mind when no one is listening reveals a lack of courage…Bravo Steve Miller!

  2. All I know is that I’m a Baby Boomer and music that I grew up with is automatically great. Music was the best in the 70’s and has been terrible since I stopped listening in 1980. I have no examples of this, but I have a feeling. I can name zero bands who aren’t featured on classic rock radio, but I shouldn’t be forced to do that. Why would I bother?

    Because Steve Miller was popular when I was a teenager, his music is therefore “the best.” The Black Keys should be honored to share the stage with him, as they are much younger than he is and therefore “less great.”

    Everyone knows that the mere passage of time elevates even the most MOR and bland music toward excellence,
    Who are the Black Keys, anyway? I’ve never heard of them and this frightens me. I bet they weren’t even around in the 70’s. Man, I wish Cream was still around. Now there’s an old band!

    Well, I’m off to take my Lipitor and listen to Bad Company, who are almost as great as Steve Miller.

    Shorter of breath and one day closer to death!

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