On Nov. 26 -- the way I measure time the day after the Carolina Panthers play New Orleans in Charlotte -- Led Zeppelin will reunite to play one concert.
The three surviving band members, plus the son of the drummer, will do this as a tribute to Ahmet Ertegun, the label boss whose eclectic taste and daring made him a recording genius.
I want to go to the concert. I dont know if I can afford to fly to London, where they'll play in a building on the banks of the River Thames, let alone get a ticket. But I don't know if I can afford not to.
I like the White Stripes, U2, REM, and dead blues artists such as Leadbelly and Robert (never Bob) Johnson. But if my life had a soundtrack, Zeppelin's Robert Plant would sing on it and bandmate Jimmy Page would play lead guitar.
When people that don't know the band well think of Zeppelin, they think of the hair or the guitar theatrics or the volume. Unfortunately, so do many other musicians. Zep has spawned more bad imitators than any band in history. The imitators got the hair and the volume, but never the artistry.
The last time I saw Zep, which broke up in 1980 after the death of drummer John Bonham, their best set was accoustic. You can't lie when you sit on a chair at the front of a coliseum stage and play accoustic guitars. They never had to lie.
Zep fused blues and rock like nobody ever had, and I'd like to think nobody ever will. They led me to the music of such blues artists as Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon.
I could go on. There's a small group of us in and around Charlotte that do go on when we talk to each other or email. We can't help it. We understand. It's as if the music is ours.
Tickets to the reunion are L125, which is $251.15. Demand has been predictably overwhelming; tickets are sold only through a website, which on a single day received 120 million hits.
There's a lottery, and I submitted my name. If I don't get tickets (each winner is entitled to two), or can't get away, there's hope.
I know that the band will work hard to be great one last time. I hope that they like what they hear enough to, after playing a triumphant gig in November, go on tour.