March 8, 2006

Metallica goes Sabbath for rock hall induction

By Jonathan Cohen

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Metallica will not only induct Black
Sabbath into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday, but will
also perform a short set of Sabbath songs.

Sabbath itself is not expected to perform during the
black-tied event, which will take place at New York's Waldorf
Astoria Hotel.

"Not only will we be inducting Sabbath, we are going to
make a humble attempt at playing some of their songs live in
front of the gathered masses, including, most humbling of all,
the four members of the band themselves," Metallica said in a
statement on its Web site.

"For all of us in Metallica, Black Sabbath are a major
influence not only on our music, but on our lives, and as you
can imagine, we're psyched to join Bill (Ward), Geezer
(Butler), Ozzy (Osbourne) and Tony (Iommi) for the induction

Metallica is gearing up for a run of South African dates
later this month, in advance of eight European festivals in
June and Japan's Summer Sonic Festival in August. The group is
also moving ahead on its next studio album, which will be
executive produced by Rick Rubin.

Also set to be inducted Monday are the Sex Pistols, who
have said they will not attend, Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd
and new wave band Blondie.