Steve Miller is thrilled to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — even if, in his words, it took "a long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long time" for the Hall to vote for his induction.

Despite the delay, Miller told Rolling Stone he was never really upset about being kept out of the Rock Hall. "I never felt offended. I kind of enjoyed having people complain that I wasn't in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame more than I think I'll like being in it," he joked. "I'm sure now that I'm in it, I'll be forgotten about and nobody will have anything to complain about."

If there is any kind of serious issue with Miller's induction, it's that he's getting it on his own, rather than sharing it with any of the various members of the Steve Miller Band who've filtered through the lineup over the years. "They were definitely part of what made the band, and of course I couldn't have done it without any of them. It wasn't my decision, and I didn't have any input into any of it," said Miller. "If they had asked me what do, I think I would have said, 'Here's a list of everyone that was ever in my band. They all ought to be here.'"

Admitting he's always adopted the "Marine mentality that praise is Kryptonite," Miller's nevertheless excited to step in front of the podium next April — if only because of what it'll mean to the fans who've lobbied for his induction all these years. "I haven't really spent a lot of time thinking about my acceptance speech," he said. "But it's exciting and really nice for my audience and people that are really concerned about it. It's good for them, too. I'm very happy for them."

See the Steve Miller Band and Other Rockers in the Top 100 Albums of the '70s

Rock's Worst Grammy Snubs

More From Ultimate Classic Rock