Sunday, June 19, 2016

Steve Miller Buries The Hatchet With Rock Hall...Or Did He?

Steve Miller was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April. However, as we soon learned, he wasn’t particularly pleased with the organization. From the stage of the induction ceremony, he called on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to include more women, and shortly afterwards, he criticized the Black Keys (who presented him at the event) and the Rock Hall itself. 

“I came out here for my fans,” Miller said. “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 f—— become transparent. They need to stop lying. They need to stop all the bulls— 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 f—– board of this organization really needs to enlarge their gene pool. I think you understand.”

Now it appears Miller may have taken a step towards making amends.

Photos from the Rock Hall’s official Twitter account shows the artist with a School of Rock group from Cleveland.

Greg Harris, the President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum said in a prepared statement, “It was great to host 2016 Inductee Steve Miller at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and to show him what we do to honor rock history: [we] tell the stories of how it influenced all of us and use it to educate people of all ages. During his visit, we showed him the space dedicated to his godfather Les Paul, our featured exhibit 'Louder than Words: Rock, Power and Politics,' as well as the new 2016 Inductees exhibit, where we honor him and display some of his items. I think the highlight for everyone was seeing Steve jump on our stage to offer advice to young School of Rock students who were performing on our outside stage. Best of luck to Steve as he kicks off his 40-date tour here in the rock and roll capital!”

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is not the exact same as the Rock and Roll Foundation, which handles the Hall of Fame induction process. So while he may enjoy the actual museum, he may not have buried the hatchet with those responsible for deciding who gets inducted.