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Steve Miller defends Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame comments, says The Black Keys have been ‘played’

Steve Miller defends Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame comments, says The Black Keys have been 'played'

Also states the people behind it are the 'opposite of the spirit of rock and roll'

Getty Rob McCallum, 15th April 2016 Steve Miller has defended his comments after his induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame to Rolling Stone last week, where he slammed the experience of the ceremony, the lack of female inductees and respect for artists, as well as the music industry in general.
In the aftermath earlier this week, The Black Keys said that they regret inducting “unpleasant” Miller into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, the latter dubbing people in the music industry “fucking gangsters and crooks”.
Now, speaking in a lengthy interview with Billboard, Miller has said that he feels bad for The Black Keys, adding: “I think their experience was as bad as mine. It shouldn't have happened, and if the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame would have had good enough manners to at least introduce us, we'd probably be friends. We have a lot in common, and I think they've been played pretty good by Rolling Stone.”
Miller continued, saying that the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame has been turned into an elitist group, and that those nominated are the opposite of the spirit of rock and roll.

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Defending his comments at the ceremony, he added: “You have to speak truth to these people. The whole experience is not like what you would think being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame would be. You'd think it would be a wonderful experience.
“The whole process feels like you're dealing with a company that wants you to give them everything and they're going to go make all this money and they're going to do everything with it, and you have no input into it, no say about any of it, take it or leave it. Probably what the general public thinks and what it really is are two different things.
“We all want to support the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, the public takes it seriously. But they've turned it into a really cold, hard-ass deal. It needs to be transparent, and it needs to be fair.”
Miller also elaborated on the “gangster and crooks” comments after his induction. In a damning reflection on the music industry, he said: “As everybody that has had a taste of the record business knows, they are gangsters and crooks.
“My record companies have grossed over $1 billion from my work, and I've spent 50 years auditing them to force them to pay me what my contracts call for. I caught them illegally selling hundreds of thousands of my records in markets worldwide. They've broken their contracts; they've broken their word. They have built-in theft in all their accounting.”
Watch The Black Keys induct Steve Miller into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in the video below.
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