Weeks after calling the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a "private boys' club" full of "fucking gangsters and crooks," 2016 inductee Steve Miller said he's "planning to investigate" the organization. "It's gonna get better. I'm gonna get these guys," the rocker told The Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM. "They're gonna be sorry that they treated all these people this way."
Miller said he's "planning to keep [the story] in the news," noting he already has the Rock Hall's public documents. "I wanna see where they're spending the money," he said. "I wanna see who's being paid. I wanna check it all out … The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's actually going to go to Cleveland. The Museum's actually gonna mean something. The funding they raise is actually gonna be used for music education before I'm done."
A representative for the Hall of Fame declined to comment.
After dubbing the Hall's nominating committee "fucked up," "inbred" and "off course," Miller addressed his awkward encounter with the Black Keys, who inducted the 72-year-old rock veteran during the ceremony.
"I never was introduced to the Black Keys," he told Stern. "I didn't know who they were personally. I walked in through security, and there's this guy [Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach] looking at me, making goo-goo eyes at me or something. I walk up to him, and I go, 'What are you doing tonight?' And he says, 'I'm reading your speech.' I say, 'Oh, great. I can't wait to get the fuck out of here.' And I didn't know who he was! If we had been introduced, I'm sure we would have gotten along because we like the same kind of music and they're working musicians and stuff.'"
Auerbach – who told Rolling Stone the band regrets inducting Miller – offered a similar story of their first meeting, but with a more uncomfortable slant. "I don't know, we read a lot of things and we got a really uncomfortable feeling when we first met Steve," the frontman 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 — he didn't even figure out who we were."
Steve Miller blasted the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and says that "this whole industry fuckin' sucks" in a candid interview.