The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is just like the Grammys--it's not about artistry. It's about celebrating business decisions made decades ago that have continued to enrich a handful of people at the expense of artists. Steve Miller made music in the 1970s that has elevated him to the level where they couldn't keep him out of the Hall of Fame anymore. And when he attended the ceremony, he came face to face with the man who made millions from his music and screwed him over.
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.
Next time, don't show up. Next time, say no to the corporate bullshit. Next time, take a pass on the bump in sales and the free media coverage and walk away.
If the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame calls, have the integrity to tell them to go fuck themselves. Or, better yet, do what Miller did and piss all over their self-congratulatory nonsense and say it to their faces. You can be rest assured that, next year, no one will be allowed to cut loose like this.