Steve Miller continues to speak out against Rock Hall

Steve Miller isn’t backing down from his criticism of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the music industry after being inducted to the Hall last week.

Miller made headlines in part from a Rolling Stone interview published Monday, in which he ripped the Rock Hall induction process, among other things. “This whole industry f—ing sucks and this little get-together you guys have here is like a private boys’ club and it’s a bunch of jackasses and jerks and f—ing gangsters and crooks who’ve f—ing stolen everything from a f—ing artist,” Miller said to Rolling Stone. “Telling the artist to come out here and tap dance.”

Miller gave another interview to Billboard later in the week, and while he wasn’t quite as fired up as he was in the Rolling Stone interview, he wasn’t about to apologize for anything he said.

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“I spoke the truth as I experienced it, and as I have experienced it over the years,” Miller said. “Basically, as everybody that has had a taste of the record business knows, they are gangsters and crooks. The history just proves it.”

One thing that Miller said set him off was looking out into the audience during the ceremony and seeing people who he had been fighting for royalties over the years.

“Well, the audience that I saw was just a bunch of people at tables,” Miller said. “I looked out there and I didn’t really see any friendly faces — I basically saw people I had been suing and auditing for years.”

Miller also gave some suggestions on how to improve the induction process.

“I think they need to stop dividing people and being so dismissive of some acts, and they need musicians on the board,” Miller said. “The people who are doing the nominating are the opposite of the spirit of rock and roll. They’ve turned it into a very elitist little group of people deciding who is important, who isn’t.

“We all want to support the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the public takes it seriously. It needs to be transparent, and it needs to be fair. They should rotate the nominating committee, they should have musicians on the nominating committee, they should have a dinner for the inductees, they should spend some time explaining who they are and what they do to the inductees. They shouldn’t consider it, ‘you don’t have time to do that, you wouldn’t come in for a dinner, why would you want to do that?’ They’ve turned it into a really cold, hard-ass deal.”

Miller also weighed in on The Black Keys, who after inducting him said to Rolling Stone that it was an experience they regretted.

“I think their experience was as bad as mine,” Miller said. “It shouldn’t have happened, and if the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame would have had good enough manners to at least introduce us, we’d probably be friends. We have a lot in common, and I think they’ve been played pretty good by Rolling Stone. I don’t know them, and I don’t have any bad feelings about them at all. I feel badly for them, because they’ve got to think, ‘welcome to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, kid, here’s how it works.'”

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