Ok, to my dear friends and Zep freaks, PLEASE DONT KILL ME. This was a lucky shot of all lucky shots. Seriously. Here's what happened.
I visited. www.ahmetertegun.com the second I knew they were doing an internet lotto for the tickets.
The site shut down because of overload, but the next day I managed to register Riks and my mother’s email addresses to go in the pot. You had to provide name, address, tel. and email and were told specifically that this was a lottery and if you were chosen, you HAD to get the tickets.
Then my dad told me that 20 MILLION people signed up. Like we had a chance in hell…but its worth a try.
Skip to 3 weeks later.
My mother emails me saying she got confirmation that “her email was chosen out of 20 mllion to continue in the running” and that they would let her know on Oct 1 if she was chosen. We smile and say “oh well, it’s a one in a million chance, but what the heck, you’re still in.”
I totally forget about it.
Skip to last night about 1030pm. Im in bed, miserable from this sinus infection, and rik comes in the bedroom…with HIS phone…saying its my mother. Im thinking someone has died.
No, its my mother, screaming that SHE GOT A CONFIRMATION CODE. Here IS The email she read me.
I commented halfway through that getting tickets will be more difficult than flying El Al to Israel btw)
I say mom, we HAVE to go. We MUST go. We hit the FUCKING LOTTERY WE HAVE TO GO SEE LED ZEPPELIN BEFORE THEY ALL DIE BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT GETTING BACK TOGETHER EVER EVER AGAIN AND I DON’T CARE ITS $350 A TICKET.
Mom stays up until 4am culling together our frequent flyer miles and it turns out we have enough for BOTH of us to fly round trip from Orlando (as I’ll be in FL for thanksgiving anyway!) to London FREE!!!!
Needless to say she bought the tix – they are floor General Admission. I’m SO buying Doc Martens for this one.
(a SPECTACULAR VENUE!!)
Begin forwarded message:
> From: "email@example.com"
> Date: October 1, 2007 10:40:07 PM EDT
> To: (MOM)
> Subject: Ahmet Ertegun Tribute
> Reply-To: "ahmettribute.com"
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> Congratulations we are very pleased to be able to offer you tickets
> for the Ahmet Tribute concert at the O2 Arena in London on the 26th
> November 2007. Please read the below information carefully before
> you proceed to booking, by continuing to the booking page you are
> agreeing to all the below.
> You have 72 hours to book and pay for your tickets.
> Your individual passcode can only be used once and will be invalid
> after the deadline as mentioned above has passed.
> NO tickets will be mailed out. All concert goers must pick up their
> tickets and non-transferable wristbands in advance of the show at
> the O2 Arena between 10am and 6pm on Sunday 25th November and
> between 10am and 6pm on Monday 26th November. To avoid long queues
> on the day of the show you are strongly urged to pick up your
> tickets and wristbands on Sunday 25th November or arrive as early
> as possible on Monday 26th November, please be aware that ticket
> collection will be busy at peak times and you should anticipate
> having to wait to be served.
> To collect the tickets each original purchaser and the person
> accompanying them to the show must be present in order to pick up
> the tickets and wristbands. NO exceptions
> Each original purchaser must provide the actual credit card used
> for the purchase along with valid state-issued PHOTO ID in order to
> receive the tickets and non-transferable wristbands. All wristbands
> will be fitted immediately.
> There will be no exceptions to the above, no name changes or
> letters of authorisation will be accepted under any circumstances.
> On the night of the show EVERYONE will be required to present BOTH
> the WRISTBAND and TICKET for entrance to the show. Wristbands must
> NOT be removed or tampered with prior to entering the show or your
> access will be refused. Original ticketholders must bring photo ID
> to the show as they may be required to present it upon entry to the
> The original conditions of sale will be enforced. These tickets are
> non-transferable and any resale will void the transaction without
> If you book the tickets and are unable to attend we will refund the
> face value of the tickets (£125 per ticket) if you contact us
> before the 20th October 2007. No refunds will be accepted after
> this date.
> Customers with disabilities should forward this email and contact
> phone number firstname.lastname@example.org to book accessible seating
> (subject to availability).
> We are doing our best to keep the tickets for this event out of the
> hands of secondary ticket sellers and in the hands of the fans so
> please help us by adhering to the above.
> Your Passcode is XXXXXXXXXX
> To purchase tickets please go to the below link and follow the
> instructions to enter your passcode. XXXXXXX
> Thank you for supporting the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund we look
> forward to seeing you there! For more information and FAQ please go
> to www.ahmettribute.com