Rolling Stone talked to Bill Withers (“Lean on Me” “Ain’t no Sunshine”) about making the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The interview is hilarious, a must read even if you care about neither the hall of fame nor Withers. A couple of highlights:
If you think about it, it’s an odd collection of people, from Elvis Presley to Miles Davis, in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I just never felt that anyone owed me this. It’s something that’s nice that happened. I guess I’ll have to go buy a suit.
About people thinking he’s already died:
A very famous minister, who will remain nameless, actually called me to find out whether I was dead or not.
What did you say?
I said, “Let me check.”
About whether he wants to perform at the induction ceremony:
So, putting aside the question of whether you physically can perform at the Hall of Fame, is it something that you would want to do?
Of course I want to play. We can get into “want to’s.” I want to pose nude in Playboy magazine if they still have one. I want to walk around with my shirt off, oiled-up on a hot day and making women’s socks roll up and down. There are some people that can sing in their later years and some of them that can’t. I don’t want to be on of those old guys that sounds like a gerbil trying to give birth to a hippopotamus. So, we’ll see. Now you’ve got me all motivated. Now, I’ve gotta see if I can’t conjure it up. One of my favorite shows is the Big Bang Theory. You know that episode where Shelton is going to concentrate and try and make Leonard’s head blow up? [Laughs] I’m going to be like that.