He may have sung "The Joker," but Steve Miller isn't joking.
Immediately after his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, he wasn't shy talking about what he says was a difficult road to get there.
"Everything. They need to change everything," Miller said backstage in the press room, after a reporter asked what he'd like to see the Hall of Fame change going forward.
"It shouldn’t be this hard to get in here. … And they're trying to steal footage. ... They said, 'You can have two tickets, one for your wife, one for yourself.' I said, 'I'm performing!' They make this so unpleasant."
Miller, the '70s era rocker whose hits include "The Joker," "Fly Like an Eagle" and "Take the Money and Run," said if he wanted additional tickets (ones for his band members' wives, for example), he would have to pay thousands for them.
"This is how close this came to not happening," Miller said. "Because of how the artists are being treated right now."