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OPINIONS: Are you an opera fan?

LIONEL BLAIR, actor: I can't remember what the last opera I saw was - I was bored out of my mind. But then that's me - I'm not a ballet fan either. I like musicals and plays but all these things are expensive. I'm not against the Royal Opera House getting the money, provided it's used to bring ticket prices down, so people who love it but can't afford it can get cheaper tickets.

Can't sing, can't dance. Looks great

OK, so you're ready to storm the charts with your head-melting new blend of Schoenbergian 12-tone, Dixieland jazz and Belgian techno. You're all set up to be the biggest thing since Michael Jackson's underwear bill, but there's a problem. Too much studio time and junk food has left you bleary-eyed and pimply and, frankly, your clothes suck. Man, you need image.

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THE CHANCE to select tracks from a store of thousands of compact discs using a computer and a telephone line is on offer from a small London-based company, in a move that challenges the structure of the music establishment.

FILM / From Wayne's World to the olde worlde: Wayne's World 2 (PG); Les Visiteurs (15); Bodies, Rest and Motion (15); The Blue Kite (nc); The Conformist (18)

WAYNE AND Garth, cinema's best-known teenage layabouts, are back and, what's more, they've grown up. This isn't just a matter of having hair 'in really weird places', either: Wayne (Mike Myers) has decided to do something with his life. Inspired by a dream in which he meets Jim Morrison on a sand dune, he decides there is no finer way to mark his entry into adulthood than by staging a huge outdoor rock concert. Its name? Waynestock, of course. Can this new- found role of impresario save his flagging relationship with girlfriend Cassandra (Tia Carrere), now wooed by a scheming LA producer (Christopher Walken)? Garth (Dana Carvey), despite the blond fright-wig, Joe 90 specs and nervous muskrat leer, is being romanced, too, though it is unlikely that Honey Hornee (Kim Basinger) wants him for his savvy on the sofa. 'Take me, Garth,' she pleads huskily. 'Where?' he asks, bemused.

ROCK / Led and Stones brought forth bubbles

CRAFT and graft; the sweating brow of the horny-handed son of toil; the simple satisfaction of a job well done; all the usual connotations of the suffix smith are appropriate to the band whose name begins with an oxygenated chocolate bar. There's only one Aerosmith, and the doughtily libidinous US hard- rockers have no trouble showing an affectionate Wembley Arena crowd - young enough, and numerous enough, to be their children - just why America regards them not so much as a band as a way of life.

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Loudon Wainwright III (Camden Dingwalls, 071-267 1999, Mon). One-off show for this witty explorer of angst-ridden masculinity.

ALBUMS / Dog leaves them begging for more

SNOOP DOGGY DOGG

GOING OUT / Beware: exploding emotions ahead

THEY EAT Pearl Jam for breakfast. Their current album, Geta Grip, has a picture of a cow with a pierced udder on its cover. They've got more funk in their little fingers than the Red Hot Chilli Peppers have in their entire family trees. Who else could this be but Bostonian metal deities Aerosmith (above), corruptors of America's youth for almost a quarter of a century? 'It's about emotion and just . . . exploding,' says guitarist Joe Perry of their music, an unusually supple hard rock hybrid, which has kept remarkably true to its R'n'B roots. Singer Steve Tyler (he whose lascivious lips made Mick Jagger look like Hilda Ogden) and the sure-fingered Perry might have cleaned up the appallingly self-destructive lifestyle that won them the nickname 'The Toxic Twins', but their music is as low-down and dirty as it ever was. And if it hadn't been for those years of insanity, Perry explains: 'We all might weigh a hundred pounds more and live in country homes and not make music any more, and I wouldn't like that at all.' Does he think they were lucky to get out alive? 'I know we were, man.' Aerosmith share their good fortune at Sheffield Arena, 0742 565656, Thur; Birmingham NEC, 021-780 4133, Sat & Sun; Glasgow SECC, 041-248 3000, 29 Oct; and Wembley Arena, 081-900 1234, 7 & 8 Dec. (Photograph omitted)

Opinions: Is a smooth body more sexy?

TERESA GORMAN, MP for Billericay: I like hairy men. I think they're very attractive. Men without hair are highly suspect: it's a sign that their hormones aren't working properly.

ROCK / Finding Nirvana in a lake of mud: The Reading Festival

BY THE last day of the Reading Festival, the physical conditions have reverted to type. Soggy survivors cluster on little islands dotted between enormous mud lakes, the comedy marquee has blown away, the second stage tent threatens to collapse, and everywhere the effects of over-priced beer and cheap drugs are kicking in. But the miserable surroundings cannot divert attention from the great issues of the hour: will Nirvana turn up; and, if they do, will they be any good?
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