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5 Best Quotes From Dan Auerbach About Inducting Steve Miller Into The Rock Hall

You know that phrase, “Never meet your heroes?”  The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney learned about it the hard way when they inducted Steve Miller into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last Friday (April 8th.) 

By now, Miller’s feelings on the whole Rock Hall experience have garnered plenty of headlines, but in the process, he completely alienated fans Auerbach and Carney, with Auerbach giving a very interesting interview to Rolling Stone with incredible pull-quotes galore.  (Seriously, you should read the entire interview.  It’s that good.)  With that in mind, here are our five favorite quotes:

On meeting Miller before the ceremony

“…We read a lot of things and 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…’  It was just a real eye-opener for us. Because as we get older, I hope that when I'm in my twilight years, I can look back and be grateful to the people who have appreciated me and to be able to give back.”

 

On what it was like being around Miller during the ceremony

“He said, ‘The whole process was unpleasant.’ And for Pat and I, honestly, the most unpleasant part was being around him.”

 

On whether he regrets inducting Miller in the first place

“Uh, yeah. Pat and I both regret it. It's unfortunate. Of course there are problems in the music industry. Of course. But, we were there, unpaid, on our own free will, to come celebrate his achievements and spread the joy of rock & roll. To inspire kids to pick up guitars. To play music. And it felt like we were doing the opposite.”

 

On Miller’s comments of the Rock Hall being “A Boys’ Club”

“He called the whole thing "a boys' club." The Steve Miller band has had 35 members and no women.”

 

On whether he would induct someone again

“Oh, I don't know. I don't know, man. I really don't know. I think I'd rather stay at home and hang out with my kids, to be honest.”

 

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.