And the countdown begins. In 36 hours, I'll be reunited with these guys:
For just the third or fourth time since he retired in 1997, Bill Berry — that's him on the drums, in front of the 40 Watt bulb — is leaving the farm tomorrow night to play with Mike Mills, Michael Stipe, and Peter Buck (oh, and Scott McCaughey, who's playing guitar on the far right). Why? Because R.E.M. is being inducted in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, along with Gregg Allman, Jermaine Dupri, and Dallas Austin. And I'm giddily clutching my tickets for the big event.
How the heck the Indigo Girls were inducted years before R.E.M. still mystifies me ...My beloveds will be playing three songs (and I sit up late at night wondering which ones — surely "Radio Free Europe" ... maybe "It's the End of the World as We Know It" ... can I hope for "Turn You Inside-out"?), and it's rumored they'll also back up Gregg Allman.
This is a black-tie affair, kiddies. My three-inch-heeled and well-baubled self will be rubbing shoulders and chewing rubber chicken with the great loves of my life. And — dare I dream? — maybe have a cocktail with them.
Be thinking of me Saturday night, beginning at 6:15 p.m. EST.