Daniel Knighton/Getty ImagesSteve Miller capped off what he describes as "a great, great year" by getting the exciting news that he will be among the artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this April. In addition to the honor, Miller says he's looking forward to doing plenty more touring with his band in 2016, and he Tells Abc Radio that he's planning to revamp his concerts for the New Year.
"We're working on putting together a whole new show," he reveals. "We had a great, great year. This last year we did 71 cities, and we just got on a roll and every show was just better than the last one. And when that happens, that's really special."
Miller says he thinks the quality of his playing, and that of his band, has been improving partly because of his association with New York City's Jazz at Lincoln Center venue, whose artistic director is jazz great Wynton Marsalis.
"I know my time in New York and hanging out at Jazz at Lincoln Center makes me wake up in the morning going, 'Wow, Wynton was so great last night. I need to practice my scales on my guitar this morning,'" explains Steve, who curates and hosts select shows at the venue. "And that's kind of the way my year was, and it really improved my playing a lot more than I ever even thought it would. And the band responded."
Miller says that, while he may be 72 years old, he's healthy and he's feeling very enthusiastic about his upcoming musical endeavors.
"I've got a great band. I've got a great crew. I've got a wonderful audience that supports us," he declares. "We're doing, you know, 70 shows a year, and we're just on a roll and we want to enjoy it and make it better and better. And, of course, the older you get the more you want the time to be special. You don't want to waste time doing things that aren't important. So, it's working out the way it should."
As for his upcoming Rock Hall induction, Miller tells Abc Radio that he's hoping that in receiving the honor, it will give him the chance to change what he considers the institution's exclusionary policies with regard to whom they recognize.
"I see it as an opportunity to maybe help the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…increase their reach, broaden their scope and make them more inclusive instead of less inclusive," he says.
Among the things Miller takes issue with is the current fan-voting system, which he maintains doesn't have any significant effect on who actually gets chosen for induction.
As previously reported, Miller will be welcomed into the Rock Hall along with Chicago, Deep Purple, Cheap Trick and rap group N.W.A. at a ceremony held April 8 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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