By Robyn Collins
Auerbach said that when Miller met Dan and Pat (Carney), he had no idea who they 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. And for Pat and I, honestly, the most unpleasant part was being around him.” The Black Keys left Barclays Center during Miller’s performance.
Miller verbally attacked the music industry saying “this whole industry sucks” and calling it “a bunch of jackasses and jerks, f—ing gangsters and crooks”.
“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.” Auberach went on to say, “… me personally, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has only ever really brought me joy since I was a teenager! I used to go there with my dad [when] they would do workshops. They’re responsible for a lot of really positive things in my life. So when they asked us to do this, as much as I wanted to do it for Steve Miller, I wanted to do it for the Rock Hall. Because it has been a form of inspiration for me. It really has. I don’t care if it sounds corny or not, but they have been. It just all felt pretty terrible”
Unfortunately, Steve Miller stole the night in the worst way possible. However, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President and CEO Joel Peresman responded, “At the end of the day, Steve Miller, unquestionably from his musical legacy and influence, deserved to be inducted. That he feels this way I feel badly for him. But, again, we’re thrilled and happy he was inducted. He deserves to be inducted. We’re happy to have him in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”