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Usher: No dudes allowed, ideally

October 30, 2008 |  1:29 pm

Hey guys, thinking Usher's upcoming date at the Club Nokia might make for a perfect date night? You may be safer with a fancy meal instead.

The Washington Post's J. Freedom du Lac sat in on a conference call with the R&B superstar this week, and then later advised East Coast men that there may be better investments than a $101.50 Usher ticket, plus the $25 or so in added service fees. (Two tix, plus dinner, plus parking costs: $350 or so?)

Du Lac quotes the "Here I Stand" author as saying, "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."

Usher says his musical bachelorette party is inspired by such pop/R&B legends as Teddy Pendergrass, Marvin Gaye and Prince, calling his tour a sort of "fantasy date." This will be clear, he says, from the lighting to the draping in the concert hall.

An earlier Billboard.com story quotes a spokesperson from Usher's label, Jive, as saying that men are more than welcome at the concerts. Indeed, being exposed to Usher's idea of romance will probably even be beneficial for most fellas.

But when it comes to getting out the vote, Usher has no male/female preference.

-- Todd Martens

Photo: Usher with cast members of Broadway's "Chicago," courtesy of the Associated Press