Longtime STEVE MILLER fans Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney took to the stage at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York to pay tribute to Miller, but the veteran singer was far from happy with the honour and launched into a scathing rant about the Hall of Fame organisers backstage.

He said "the whole process was unpleasant" and later told RollingStone.com everybody working at the ceremony was "kind of a d**k and an a**hole".

The Black Keys have now tried to distance themselves from their idol, who they grew up listening to, as they are deeply disappointed in his behaviour and don't want to be connected to his negativity.

"There's a time and a place to stand up and be angry," Auerbach tells the website on the duo's behalf. "But when people are honouring you for how great you are, that's not the f**king time or place. It was the only story everyone talked about... And I hated being a part of that. I hated the feeling in my gut of being connected to that negativity."

Auerbach admitted he has had sleepless nights over the ceremony, and had a "really uncomfortable" feeling about Miller when they met him before their induction speech as the veteran had no idea who they were.

"The first thing he told us was, 'I can't wait to get out of here'. He knew that we signed up to do this speech for him. And he made no effort to even... he didn't even figure out who we were... It was just a real eye-opener for us...

"Because music is about sharing and passing on inspiration and that was his opportunity to do that; not just lashing out in a way that was just completely unfocused... And for Pat and I, honestly, the most unpleasant part was being around him."

The duo, who were not paid for their appearance, were so disappointed with meeting their idol that they skipped his performance and left the ceremony as soon as they had finished their speech, which they had flown to New York from Nashville, Tennessee specifically to do.