Steve Miller won some kudos for taking the music industry to task during his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last week, but the Black Keys, who inducted him into the hall, weren’t big fans of the display.
In an interview with Rolling Stone on Wednesday, Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach said he and his bandmate, Pat Carney, were disappointed by Miller, who complained about, among other things, the fact that the Hall wanted to charge his bandmates and their wives $10,000 to attend the ceremony.
Auerbach went so far as to say that he and Carney “regret” accepting the invitation to induct Miller.
“It’s unfortunate. Of course there are problems in the music industry. Of course,” Auerbach said. “But we were there, unpaid, on our own free will, to come celebrate his achievements and spread the joy of rock and roll. To inspire kids to pick up guitars. To play music. And it felt like we were doing the opposite.”
The musician continued, “I just want people to know that he’s allowed to say whatever he wants, of course. But he does not speak for me. He does not speak for Pat. … It was just very disappointing.”
Auerbach added that he and Carney were so disappointed by their experience with Miller that they left while Miller was playing.
“We left immediately. We walked right outside and left the fucking building. I went back home and picked up my guitar,” Auerbach recalled.