The Black Keys inducted Steve Miller into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame just a few days ago, but the rock duo are now saying how unfortunate the experience was for them. In fact, they regretted the whole night.
Their criticism came after Miller called the music industry and fellow inductees “a bunch of jackasses and jerks and fucking gangsters and crooks who’ve fucking stolen everything from a fucking artist" after the ceremony. He also completely shut down the event during his speech, where he claimed the Rock Hall needs to be more inclusive to female artists.
In a chat with Rolling Stone, Black Keys singer Dan Auerbach revealed "He said, 'the whole process was unpleasant.' And for Pat and I, the most unpleasant part was being around him." He continued:
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.
Listen, 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. And some of the things he said is just [pauses, sighs] I don't know. I really don't know. It's weird. He called the whole thing "a boys' club." The Steve Miller band has had 35 members and no women. It was just very disappointing. And I'm not looking for anything, really. I just wanted people to just know how Pat and I felt. That's all.
Watch an interview with The Black Keys at the 2013 Grammys rehearsals from our Fuse vault below: