This is a letter from my best friend....
Dear Kid Rock,
My name is Amber Hughes and this is one of many emails I have sent out to different people in hopes of getting a response from anyone. The email will be the last one sent because I am hoping it goes straight to the source. The only reason I haven’t done this yet is because I was hoping not to share details of her life publicly. Since I haven’t heard any replies and it is getting so close to the concert, I have shared this letter with her because I was afraid I would never hear a reply. She then suggested that I post this one the fan club site that she is a member of because we know for sure that you read them. My best friend is in great need of some good fortune and is a HUGE fan of yours. If you would allow me a few minutes of your time I would like to ask for your assistance of an amazing gift to her at the concert on Feb 22ndin Greensboro. We already have tickets (not the ones we wanted but we have tickets) but I am looking for something that is just really going to rock her socks off. I have been sending out emails since before Christmas to surprise her. When I didn’t receive any replies I kept trying for a surprise for her birthday (January 19th) but didn’t get any replies back from anyone then either. I have tried Atlantic Records at 2 different emails and also several people at the coliseum in the administration offices, two of the local radio stations and several people at two of the more popular stations. So with no responses, I come to you with her story and my request for her. My best friend’s name is Amber as well (Amber Mcdowell). She just turned 28 and I am 27. We are from a small town in the mountains of North Carolina called Spruce Pine. It's about an hour from Asheville, North Carolina. She lives in the Greensboro area now and I will explain that later. Anyway, Amber has been a fan of yours since before I even met her. She is actually the one who introduced me to your music and now of course I am a big fan as well. I met Amber a little over 11 years ago and we have been best friends and even more like sisters ever since. I consider her to be family. She has had some real bad luck ever since her parents passed in 2003 and 2004. Her dad, Hall Taylor was a Vietnam Vet who served in the Army Reserves, and he passed away due to cancer right before Christmas of 2003. Then in March 2004 her mom (Liona Taylor) passed from blood clots in her heart. She was a Vise President of a bank. Ever since then Amber has just had bad stuff happen to her and I will try to keep it short in listing them. I just want to get my point across of how bad it's been for her and how bad she needs something great. She was once engaged to someone who she had been with for 9 year and then he changed for the worst. Amber was trying to get through college at Appalachian State and he just wasn't being very supportive of her. Then when her parents passed he wasn't there for her at all. He didn't come around in her time of need, and then all of a sudden just dropped her like she meant nothing to him. She had no other family to rely on to help get things back on track but she pressed on. Amber did have one good thing happened to her while at App state. She met someone after her devastating break up and he later became her husband. Things at their wedding however, went horribly all day, not to mention her parents weren't there to celebrate with her. His family of course was there but they were only making things worse. They were trying to get Amber to change the wedding program just an hour before the wedding started to the way they wanted it. They also were and still are disrespectful and mean to her. His mom has done nothing but judge her and says hurtful things to her all the time. Despite his family's opinion of her, he still loves her and stands up to them most of the time. But he has his ways as well. Because she is such a supporting wife and because of his selfishness she has had to move four different times in five years so he could find work he was satisfied with. She had to sell her family home that her dad built just to afford resettling and support him financially while he was out of work so many times. That’s how they ended up in the Greensboro area and will hopefully stay there a while. He is the only other family she has now, except for me, my husband and my little girl. We are very close friends and she doesn't seem to have very many of them left either. Her friends just seem to keep stabbing her in the back for something ridiculous. I admit that over the years we have had our rough times but we have always gotten through them. The worst was after I had my little girl but it was only because it was such a hard thing for her emotionally. She was such a trooper through my pregnancy and was even in the delivery room with me but it overwhelmed her. She found out about 4 years ago that she has a medical condition which pretty much prevents her from having children. This medical condition is also causing other health problems for her such as weight gain, borderline diabetic, high blood pressure, and pretty much constant pain. She just keeps pushing through and hoping that some medicine the doctors throw at her will work to get these things under control. There is only a 15% chance that she may be able to have children one day. She just had exploratory surgery done on February 3 to see if there was anything that any of the tests or scans may have missed. She has really put herself through a lot to come up with a solution, only to find out that there is now something wrong with her husband. So now he is taking medication to try to fix his problem. I am sorry if this seems like to much information but like I said before I'm just trying to give you an idea of what it’s been like for her. There have also been just small things of annoyance. For example, Amber is a member of your Fan Club and she has tried to get really good tickets for the concerts. We have been to every concert of yours that has been with in a four hour driving distance and we have never gotten really good tickets. So for this concert she waited for the presale for the Greensboro show on the fan club site so she could get really good seats. She signed in the minute it became available to get them and all of the real good seats were sold out. She was able to get the $75 tickets and we are in section A row 19 but we would love to have seats as close to the stage as possible. I was just really hoping that in writing this email I could be able to do something special for her at this concert. She has done so much for me in the past and I have never really been able to do anything big for her. She has stuck by my side through everything no matter what. She has provided me with a place to stay when I needed it, or a shoulder to cry on, or money if I needed it. She even bought me a $700 wedding dress when she found out I only had $100 to buy one. She was by my side when I got married and when I had my little girl and is now a big part of her life. She is the only true friend that I have. I know that what I am asking is probably a long shot but she really deserves something great to happen to her. It's really important to take care of your friends and family and do anything for them to make them happy. That's why I think that you would understand a request of this nature. You always take care of your friends and family and stand by them no matter what. That is what I am trying to do here. I know this would just really make her happy for a long time. I am hoping that you read this email in time before the concert and hope you find it in your heart to help me out in giving her this gift. Anything would be good really. Getting to meet you of course would just be the ultimate gift to her, or an invite to the after party, but if not then maybe closer seats or some autographed free stuff or even just a shout out from you when you’re on stage. I am asking just for anything to make her feel good again and boost her spirits. Amber really is a wonderful person who has done so much for me in the past. If she doesn't deserve something I don’t know who does. PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE help me out in making this a great day for her. Please email me if there is a possibility of this request at email@example.com
Thank you for your time in reading this email,
See you at the show,