Tampa-bound Rush is 'greatest rock band of all time,' but only if you're a dude

November 1, 2012 

There's a scene in the comedy "I Love You Man" where Paul Rudd and Jason Segel's characters declare Rush the "greatest rock band of all time!"

They form an instant bromance and it's hilarious because that's what Rush has done for decades: united dudes who aren't afraid to let their geek flags fly.

But Rush, nominated to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month after years of whining by its millions of male fans, also does an equally good job alienating women -- or anyone else who appreciates music with at least a modicum of soul.

See, lead vocalist Geddy Lee sings about sci-fi adventures while making gremlin faces and sounding like a constipated Donald Duck.

And then there's Rush's masterful prog-metal musicianship, which really only impresses if you're a male whose band came "this close" to making it back in the day.

Sexy, right?

Rush will be in Tampa on Saturday to plays songs off their new concept album "Clockwork Angels" and probably plenty of older stuff culled from fan-adored full-lengths from the 1970s and '80s like "2012," "Permanent Waves" and "Moving Pictures."

Dude, time for a man date!

Details: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3, Ask Gary Amphitheatre, 4802 N. U.S. 301, Tampa. Tickets: $40-$125. Information: 813-287-8844 or www.ticketmaster.com.

--Wade Tatangelo

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