Review: Rush create geek-rock nirvana at Tampa's 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
"This is CHRISTMAS!" shouted one guy. "I'm opening presents!"
This was the scene at Friday's Rush concert at the 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre in Tampa, which was the epicenter of dude-rock nerddom thanks to Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson and hits like Tom Sawyer and Spirit of Radio.
Naturally, with this much unhinged, geeky testosterone in the audience, the reviewer was ... 20something Deal Diva Stephanie Hayes. She writes:
The 100-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre crawled with dudes in their 30s, 40s and 50s. Confirming the demographic, the New York Times had set up a booth outside supplying Rush T-shirts with subscriptions.
There were more women than I imagined. Some looked utterly irritated, checking Facebook on their phones, yawning, sipping margaritas as warned. Others, though, looked positively thrilled. A group of guys rushed around one, calling her "hot and into Rush." And a blond woman in a pink halter top next to us was skilled in every air instrument.
Photo (not from Friday's show): Getty Images