Don't Go There: Usher's Rules Of The Road

Usher.jpgUsher's confession: If it's a man's, man's, man's world, then he wants out.

Listen up, guys: Usher doesn't want you at his election-night concert at the Warner. You might have thought he was kinda, sorta kidding when he named his brief, mid-size venue tour "Ladies Only/One Night Stand."

But he's totally serious.

Ladies? "Yeah!"

Fellas? Bzzzt!

Save your $102 (plus service fees), boys. Usher doesn't want to see you filling the stately old theater.

Here's what he told reporters on a conference call yesterday:

"Well, actually, the concept of the show came from, you know, older performers like Teddy Pendergrass, Marvin Gaye and Prince. These are all artists that I've respected very, very well, very, very much. And, you know, they did things special like this for, you know, their female fans.

"I actually never really opened the show up for male - males, period. However, I cannot you know inhibit them from buying tickets. I can't prohibit them from buying tickets and being a part of it, I - you know obviously you can't discriminate in America. However, you know, I do want them to know that in the event that they decide to come, this show is catered specifically towards women."

The veteran Detroit music scribe Gary Graff asked Usher if he'd be bummed if the front row was filled with guys.

Usher said he hoped it wouldn't be, then added later:

"It's like a fantasy date in a way, you know. So I'm telling the story through the music but also playing out certain pieces of it. You know when you actually walk into the theater, you're going to feel as though you've walked into a different experience from what you - if you've ever seen a conference in that hall you're going to notice the difference.

"You're going to notice in the way that it's draped. You're going to notice the difference in the lighting. You know when the actual curtain drops or ... rises, you're going to notice, you know, a different setting. You know, the concept and idea of the show look was intended to feel as though you were looking into my great room. You know, and here we are about to have a party in this house."

Party on without me, dude. I'll be at the all-genders-welcome Bad Brains show instead.

By J. Freedom du Lac |  October 29, 2008; 3:42 PM ET Concerts , Crowds , Girls In Their Summer Clothes , Rules
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Post Rock blog topic: who would other performing artists include or exclude if they pulled an Usher?

First easy target: Amy Winehouse, "Serious Addicts / Basket Cases Only"

Posted by: SSMD1 | October 29, 2008 5:05 PM

Tori Amos is already a girls only show, and Rush is already guys only. I've never had such an easy time (Tori) and a hard time (Rush) getting into the men's room.

Posted by: Hemisphire | October 29, 2008 5:17 PM

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