Steve Miller Reacts to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

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Steve Miller is being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2016, a pleasant surprised for the 72-year-old rockstar who appeared on the ballot for the first time this year.

Fans of Miller believe the induction has been a long time coming, and Miller acknowledged he's heard a lot of commotion about not being inducted prior from his more vocal fans.

After all, Miller first became eligible for the honor more than twenty years ago in 1993.

"I became eligible and nothing happened and it sort of went on for a while and the people started complaining about it and it became kind of weird," Miller told Billboard.

"Honestly I hadn't even thought about it.

I just got used to the idea that I'll probably be dead when it happens, if it happens, then out of the clear blue a few months ago people started saying, 'You've been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,' and I'm going, 'What are you talking about...?'"

Alive and breathing for his induction, Miller told Billboard he's happy with it and especially happy for his fans.

Another thing he's happy about? That he's being nominated on his own, as opposed to with his most well-known musical project, the Steve Miller Band.

"[H]e's...comfortable with how the induction is being handled. 'It's pretty much been my band, my music, my vision of what's going on, so I don't feel bad about the band,' he explains," according to Billboard.

He will, however, make mention of the musicians he's played with throughout the years during the upcoming 30th annual induction ceremony.

When asked by Rolling Stone if he thought that any of his Steve Miller Band bandmates would feel slighted, he speculated that its a possibility, but dismissed any backlash by saying it wasn't his decision.

On the subject of the other inductees joining him this year, he praised Cheap Trick's induction but mentioned that he would love to soon see The Spinners be nominated, as one of his "all-time favorite live groups."

The 30th annual induction ceremony will take place in New York City in April.