Saturday, April 16, 2016
Steve Miller Fires Back at Black Keys and RRHOF
It seems Steve Miller who was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has heard some of the statements made by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and is also backing up some of the things he said recently about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Whereas Auerbach said Miller didn't know anything about The Black Keys, Miller also feels the reverse is true as well. In an interview with the San Diego Tribune, Miller says:
“The guys who inducted me are nice guys, but they didn’t know a thing about me. I was going to ask Elton (John). He knows me and has probably knows my music better than most people… But they said: ‘We’ll pick who inducts you, and it will be a surprise. Oh, and here are all these things you have to sign off on for licensing (for the show).’ I was like: ‘What are you talking about? You guys need to clam down.’
The inductions could be really elegant, really fun for everybody, really smooth, with a real easy contract. Everybody (being honored) is working for free. Hell, it’s costing us money, really. Because they don’t pay union fees, and they make you sign a contract that you understand that, and that you waive all your rights, and it goes on and on. It’s an endless list of stuff that just makes you wonder: ‘Why?’ ”
I can kind of understand where Miller is coming from in some respects, but I still think The Black Keys knew more about him than he gave them credit for. He was after all one of their influences. Plus, if you picked your own inducting person it would kind of make things less special. Given what Auerbach said that Miller was behaving like and saying backstage at the ceremony I still think Miller could have been a bit classier than he was.