Black Keys Regret Inducting Steve Miller Into Rock Hall: 'He Had No Idea Who We Were'

The Black Keys
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Dan Aurerbach and Patrick Carney of The Black Keys induct Steve Miller onstage at the 31st Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on April 8, 2016 in New York City. 

Steve Miller had some choice words for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when he was inducted on Friday night. Turns out, the band that inducted Miller wasn’t too thrilled to be on hand at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center either.

“The whole process was unpleasant,” Black Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach told Rolling Stone in a recent interview. “For [drummer] Pat [Carney] and I, the most unpleasant part was being around him.”

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The Keys introduced and inducted Miller via a speech referencing their childhood fandom. Apparently, their admiration wasn’t exactly reciprocated. Auerbach explained:

We got a really uncomfortable feeling when we first met Steve. 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. I don't live in New York City. This is like three days out of my life flying from Nashville and leaving my kids at home.

Now that all is said and done, Auerbach wishes he stayed with the kids. “Pat and I both regret it,” he admitted. “Of course there are problems in the music industry… But we were there, unpaid, on our own free will, to come celebrate his achievements and spread the joy of rock 'n' roll. To inspire kids to pick up guitars. To play music. And it felt like we were doing the opposite.”

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He also lamented the negative vibes overshadowing Kendrick Lamar’s “message of positivity” in inducting N.W.A.  

During Miller’s induction speech, he called the event a "lazy night" with "a bunch of fat cats.” Backstage after the show, he told reporters that "the whole process is unpleasant" and it "needs to be changed from the top to the bottom." By then, the Black Keys were already gone; Auerbach admitted to leaving the Barclays Center midway through Miller’s performance. 

For more, check out Billboard’s coverage of the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony


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