It seems to me what you're saying here is that Rush can't be prog because they're Canadian, whereas all the other great prog bands you mentioned are British, as they (Rush) certainly fall within the stylistic and temporal boundaries. In my opinion, at least. You probably disagree.
No it's not because they're Canadian. It's because stylistically the have more in common with Led Zeppelin than anything progressive.
Originally Posted by Bonnie the Cat
Hey, Gu - in contrary to you, I just happen to appreciate the new generation of proggers trying their best. From your comments, I can't conclude otherwise than that you've NEVER even tried to listen to bands like Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Riverside, Anathema, Oceansize, The Pineapple Thief, Anekdoten, Hypnos69, et al. And many more....
My question to you, have you EVER even heard anything of their music at all?
I have. They're boring and derivative to me, when they're not pure musical masturbation.
If I wanted to listen to Genesis-like music, I'd listen to Genesis. The same applies to other neoprog bands.