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Todd Rundgren will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this month, but fans won't see him anywhere at the ceremony.

The 73-year-old rock legend shared with TMZ on Thursday that he's planning to sit out the ceremony and accompanying performances in Cleveland as he doesn't think the institution should even exist.

But the I Saw The Light singer's fans won't necessarily miss out, as he'll be playing a concert the same night in Cincinnati.

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'I've never cared much about the Hall of Fame,' Rundgren said during a virtual interview, adding that he didn't plan to 'go to any special effort' to support it.

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The guitarist said his fans were more interested in him being inducted than he ever was.

As far as he's concerned, 'the whole idea of a Hall of Fame' just doesn't work for musicians in the same way that it does for sports stars.

'You're retired from the game, all of your stats are there for everybody to judge, and they can measure you against other players in real terms — and not in subjective terms — and you're done with your career,' he explained.

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He thinks the Hall of Fame doesn't work for musicians because 'your greatest aspiration is to do it for the rest of your life,' and Rundgren isn't looking to rest on his laurels while he still has the motivation to perform and record music.

The superproducer also was annoyed by a fan poll from the first time he was up for inauguration at the Hall of Fame.

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Rundgren was first on the ballot in 2019, more than a quarter of a century after he was first eligible for a vote, and he said fans voted him at number 3 on a list of their preferred inaugurees.

But when the final list was revealed, Rundgren was nowhere to be found — but several other artists on the fan-chosen list were inducted, including people who place lower than him.

'The fans have practically no power to influence who gets into the hall,' he said, adding that they felt 'pretty burned' over him being shut out.

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Rundgren's working methods have changed in recent years, which doesn't work with what he sees as the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's competitive nature.

Though he's best known for his 1972 album Something/Anything, on which he performed almost every instrument aside from on a handful of songs, he's now more focused on working together with other performers and songwriters.

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'I'm not into the whole sense that there's some sort of competition between musicians to get into it,' he explained. 'I kind of abhor that idea that musicians are meant to compete with each other.'

His recent music 'has all been collaborations, so in that sense it's kind of antithetical to the idea of who wins it and who loses.'

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Rundgren nearly collaborated with Kanye West on his Donda album, but the rocker revealed to URC last month that he withdrew from the project after getting frustrated by the pace and lack of quality control.

'My involvement went on for a year, and in the end I realized why they hurriedly wrapped the whole thing up and put out what is obviously really raw, unprocessed stuff,' he complained.

The Can We Still Be Friends? singer believed that 'Drake was running the whole process,' as he though Kanye was trying to beat Drake's release date for his album Certified Lover Boy.

He added that he thought Kanye was a 'dilettante,' though he was still will to record for him before he lost faith in the project.

'And in the end, Drake ate his lunch anyway,' he said.

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