Ozzy Wants Sabbath's Name Removed From "Meaningless" Hall Of Fame Ballot

Metal fans have been hoping that 2000 will finally be the year that Black Sabbath gets into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Sabbath vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, however, doesn't share the enthusiasm of his headbanging followers.

In a press statement released on Monday, Osbourne expressed both his disdain over the Rock Hall nomination and his wish that Black Sabbath's name be removed from the ballot.

"Just take our name off the list," Ozzy's statement began. "Save the ink. Forget about us. The nomination is meaningless, because it's not voted on by the fans. It's voted on by the 'supposed' elite of the Industry and the Media, who've never bought an album or concert ticket in their lives, so their vote is totally irrelevant to me."

He concluded, "Let's face it, Black Sabbath have never been media darlings. We're a people's band and that suits us just fine."

This is the third year in a row that Sabbath has been nominated for inclusion into the Hall Of Fame (see

"Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Queen, Clapton Lead List Of Nominees For Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Class Of 2000").

Of course, Ozzy has been doing more than just writing press releases lately. He is currently hard at work on his first solo album of new material since 1995's "Ozzmosis." According to Ozzy's official Web site, his album will feature the backing band that supported him on his solo shows on the 1997 and 1998 editions of Ozzfest: guitarist Joe Holmes, former Suicidal Tendencies member Robert Trujillo on bass, and ex-Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin.

And even though Black Sabbath will supposedly call it quits after a few final European shows in December, Ozzy is slated to appear on the debut solo album by Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi. Other guests said to be on the album include Henry Rollins, Phil Anselmo of Pantera, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and Smashing Pumpkin Billy Corgan (see "Sabbath

Iommi Solo May Feature Rollins, Anselmo, Grohl, Corgan, Others").