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Review: Metallica NEC, Birmingham

What can you do with heavy metal? Apart from turning it down, that is. You can wear tight trousers and long hair. You can play shrill, fiddly guitar solos which go on and on without ever really getting anywhere, like the M25. And in between doing that, you can punch the air. But really - what can you actually do with heavy metal?

Stone happy to ride the roller-coaster

Glenn Moore talks to one of the few England successes in Oslo this week on his up and down career at Forest

The monster, the bore and the wardrobe

Vanishing children, sex abuse, murderous squalor and ghostly encounters feature in a new crop of first novels. By Susie Boyt

Music KRONOS QUARTET / PHILIP GLASS Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

John Zorn's The Dead Man opens with what could well be sounds of disembowelment, and ends with a movement where the players use their bows to flail the air like carpet-beaters, creating a dust-storm over the stage. In between come loony-tunes of frantic cartoon music, like the Goldberg Variations in MTV-time. After that, Philip Glass sounded easy, even quaint.

review:The Music Biz

"This man is big in security," said the narrator in "The Performance", The Music Biz's (BBC2) deliciously unenchanted account of a Metallica rock concert. The man walking towards the camera could have been used as a fender for a cross-channel ferry - if you weren't worried about damaging the ferry. But he had, it seemed, earned the respect of the fans massed behind the gates. "You fat bastard, you fat bastard," they chanted, displaying the Metallica fan's legendary sense of social nicety. Those who were still sober enough to recognise the television camera flicked sociable 'V' signs in its direction.

Mama, I wanna sing

First River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves, now Johnny Depp wants to be a rock god. Why isn't being a film star enough? Ryan Gilbey reports

Letter: Why Ford made the better films

From Mr Alan Pavelin

Police unearth body in cellar

Police unearth body in cellar

Christmas crowds flock to J John Preacher `star' pulls in punters

AN evangelist preacher from Nottingham is becoming the most important Christmas figure to thousands of British people.

Peer to thrash out the meaning of modern music: Rhys Williams meets the improbable figure who will attempt to narrow the musical generation gap

MEET the seventh Earl of Onslow: hereditary Tory peer, Old Etonian, 56-year-old father of three, passionate about pony- trap riding and the Classics. Just the man then to become the biggest youth cult figure since Jim Bowen.

Cracks in the fabric of society:

KEY ACTION PROPOSED IN THE FIGHT AGAINST RACIST VIOLENCE

What the papers said about . . . Bradley Stone

'Stone, bruised but alert, left the ring at 10pm. 'I'll take a year off,' he said. But by 2.30am he was in a coma.' Times

CINEMA / Cowardly, but still comical

WIT FOR Woody Allen has always been less a rapier than a shield. His humour has a cool hilarity: the jokes help him keep his distance from other characters, the gags gag his feelings. So now, on a sea of troubles, Woody sets sail on a raft inflated with laughing-gas, seldom catching sight of the shore of reality. Manhattan Murder Mystery (PG) is the funniest film of the last year, but also a disappointment. It feels less like escapism than evasion.

The Westminster Scandal: Doctor unearthed 'immoral' policy: The Complainant

IN THE BEST traditions of the doctor who cares for the local community as well as treating the sick, Dr Richard Stone began to unearth the trail that yesterday led to the biggest scandal ever known in local government.

Making a spectacle of themselves: Six students have become the stars of a living television soap. Owen Slot joined them for episode one

Friday night at 7.15, and six Manchester students sit down to watch television. After months of waiting, months of warning, after being told that they are mad and will be stitched up like turkeys, it is time to face the music and watch themselves as the stars of BBC 2's The Living Soap.
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