Steve Miller Expands On Rock Hall Criticism: “Everybody Is Kind Of A Dick … This Whole Industry Fucking Sucks”

Classic rocker Steve Miller was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on Friday, but he didn’t seem terribly jazzed about it, probably because the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame sucks. (More like Rock And Roll Hall Of Lame, am I right?) Miller criticized the Rock Hall during his acceptance speech, commendably encouraging it to be “more inclusive to women and more transparent to the public,” and in the press room afterwards, he really let loose, calling the whole process “so unpleasant” and slamming the Hall for disrespecting and mistreating the artists it’s supposed to be honoring.

In another post-induction interview with Rolling Stone, Miller hits many of the same talking points, but he broadens his criticism and his anger to include the entire music industry at large. First, he calls the whole Rock Hall induction process “an amateur production,” explaining that it entails “A hundred thousand phone calls; the contract work. The licensing still isn’t signed and isn’t complete. Everybody is kind of a dick and an asshole. And every artist you talk to will tell you that. You’re lucky that everybody didn’t fucking walk out.” Then he moves on to his record label rep: “All the people that were sitting in the front row tonight, like the guy that came from my record company, I wanted to pull him by his necktie and kick him in the nuts.” Why? As he puts it:

He’s made a billion dollars off my work over the last 50 years and the motherfucker just came over and introduced himself tonight. That cheery little thing. You know he won’t do any contract work, he won’t clean anything up, he won’t get anything done.

This whole industry fucking sucks and this little get-together you guys have here is like a private boys’ club and it’s a bunch of jackasses and jerks and fucking gangsters and crooks who’ve fucking stolen everything from a fucking artist. Telling the artist to come out here and tap dance.

I came out here for my fans. I came out for the people who take it seriously. And if the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame wants to be taken seriously, they need to put their books out in the public. They need to fucking become transparent. They need to stop lying. They need to stop all the bullshit and they need to clean it up and they need to expand it. They need to include a lot more people. And the most important thing is the fucking board of this organization really needs to enlarge their gene pool. I think you understand.

Read the full interview here.