It's a good thing you put the mandatory "just kidding" in there, or I'd have to bring down a rucus on your head. Lol, just kidding.
Anyway, suffice it to say that I disagree. These three aren't up there for one-upmanship, or to simply try to out do the others. They're up there for the music. The fact that their music is very complicated and demanding is why it's usually mistaken for "virtuoistic one-upmanship".
Unfortunately, most people these days don't want to hear complex, interesting music. They just want to hear a few chords slopped together and some jackass vocals.
TrendKillah, I think international dates are TBA.