Black Sabbath Talks About Hall Of Fame Chances

While some 800 music industry professionals decide whether or not to welcome Black Sabbath into the hallowed grounds of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, the band isn't really sweating the outcome.

"It would be nice, but if we don't, I'm not building my hopes up with this," Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne told MTV News recently while making the rounds for "Reunion," a double live album that marks the first recording from the group's original line-up in 20 years.

"We were up last time, but we didn't get it so we'll see," guitarist Tony Iommi added.

While the band readily admits that has always been more popular with fans than with critics, Sabbath also points to the 14 other artists who were nominated for induction this year (including Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Curtis Mayfield and Steely Dan) in playing down their chances.

"They

got people like McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, all the rest of them are like huge, so if we get in we get in, if we don't we don't," Ozzy said.

For other members of the group, other concerns were more pressing.

"It would be nice to have heavy metal music as part of, you know, be accepted into that part of the rock community, so that would be nice," drummer Bill Ward noted.

"You got to wear a bow tie though then Bill," Iommi pointed out.

"Oh, you do? Well in that case forget it, I'm not going to wear a bow tie if we get inducted," Ward said.

"And you have to wear underpants," bassist Geezer Butler noted.

"I didn't know that. Oh O.K., forget that."

"And you have to have a wash,"

Ozzy added.

"Oh you do? I didn't know that. In that case I'd like to reverse my position on that, so I don't really care," [28.8 RealVideo] Ward said.

Sabbath will have to wait until next month to see if they should give Bill a sprucing up as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 1998 will be announced in November.

You, on the other hand, only have to wait until Friday to catch much more from Black Sabbath in our MTV News Online feature of the week. Friday will see the launch of a multi-media Sabbath feature boasting plenty of RealVideo of the band, as well as our complete conversation with them.