Steve Miller Wants to Investigate the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Nearly two months after his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Steve Miller is still upset at the way he feels he was treated. Yesterday (May 31), he revealed that he's starting an inquiry into their finances to make sure that their charitable efforts are on the level.
"I'm planning to investigate them," he said on Howard Stern's SiriusXM radio show (embedded below). "I've already got all their public documents, and I want to see where they're spending the money. I want to see who's being paid. I want to check it all out."
Miller went into further detail about the talks between himself and the Hall that left him with a bad taste in his mouth. Calling it "three months of insults and bulls---," Miller said that their approach to him was geared more towards having him on the telecast than being inducted into the Hall. "It was like, 'Shut the f--- up. If you don't do what we tell you to do, we're gonna cut you from the show.' 'Really? Cut us from the show.' So, then they'd say, 'OK, we're not gonna cut you from the show and you can have five tickets for the band.' 'F--- you. We want tickets for the band, the wives and stuff. It just went on."
During his induction speech, Miller began his criticism of the Hall, saying it needed to be "more inclusive of women and to be more transparent in your dealings with the public, and most importantly, to do much more to revive music in our schools.” In the press room after the ceremony, Miller expressed his dissatisfaction with what he said was the Hall of Fame's shoddy treatment of its artists, claiming his band members had to pay their own way and spend up to $10,000 for tickets. Over the next few days, he stepped up his attacks, calling it "a bunch of jackasses and jerks and f---ing gangsters and crooks" and asking what the Hall of Fame does "besides talk about itself and sell postcards?"
While many may have expected Miller's anger to die down, what we've seen is just the tip of the iceberg. "I'm gonna get these guys," he told Stern. "They're gonna be sorry that they treated all these people this way. ... And the funding they raise is actually gonna be used for music education before I'm done."
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