Metallica Goes Sabbath For Rock Hall Induction

Metallica will not only induct Black Sabbath into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday (March 13), but the group will also perform a short set of Sabbath songs during the event at New York's Waldo

Metallica will not only induct Black Sabbath into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday (March 13), but the group will also perform a short set of Sabbath songs during the event at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Sabbath itself is not expected to perform that night.

"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 says 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 ceremony," the statement continues.

As previously reported, 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.