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After The Elephant…
I began this journey on my own with nothing more than my piano and the dream inside. All thanks to you, my beautiful friends who have believed in me and given me the gift and the ability to continue to be the artist I truly am. I feel so blessed to have your continued support. I AM CALLING ON YOU AGAIN to bring me back to my core. For this next chapter I wish to strip it all back and start from a blank canvas with you.
ANGELS + ANIMALS was a beautiful success for all of us. It was a big production with a lot of moving parts and it went out and competed and kicked ass in the big world of mass produced corporate music all because of you. We were literally a part of music history changing the way that artists can make music today.
The interesting part of doing this next chapter through Pledge is that I have no idea what this music will be which makes it so much better to do it in front of you from beginning to end. Every part of this creative process will be unfolding in real time here. By PRE-ORDERING the next album now through PLEDGE MUSIC, you are allowing me to begin my work as you watch it all unfold. I promise an amazing experience for all who come on this ride with me.
I have been inspired recently by my intimate NYC solo performances to return to the mindset when I made my first solo work with SONGS FROM THE EYE OF AN ELEPHANT. I want to approach this artistically like that now. Stripped and raw stream of conscious and pure but with the perspective I have now.I am confident if you are reading this that you are in a way my extended family, so I will share with you the exciting news that I am about to embark on the journey of becoming a father in the next few weeks. As an artist this has inspired me to make an album that is close to the heart and pure. To do this in the year 2014 I CAN ONLY DO THIS WITH YOUR SUPPORT. By choice I have turned down offers to work within the corporate music machine because I feel what matters most to me and YOU is making the music the way I want to make it. I want to look at you, my family, my son and the whole world one day and say I DID IT MY WAY.
Thank you for your help.
Come grab drinks with me before the night begins. Lets hang a bit and then head over together to the venue for soundcheck. Once you give me the thumbs up, we will let the rest of the crowd in and then anything goes.
You will be on my personal guest list so no need to purchase tickets in addition to this exclusive. Choose Monday Feb 9th, Feb 20th & Feb 21th 2015.
Please note these events are 21+
THIS MUSIC WILL NOT BE ON ITUNES!!! I love you and you love me, but you opted out for a signed CD. I wrote that epic poem for you because I know you are buying these poly wrapped gems as holiday gifts for everyone you know.
Get a peak behind the curtain and watch us watch you watching us as we prepare the set for this most anticipated Rock Show. You will receive a password that will give you access to the ustream.
I am finally making guitar picks. Instead of waiting for me to throw them out to you in the crowd with blood and sweat, get your germ-free collector items now. Make a necklace, rock them with your own guitar, or throw them ninja style at your friends in class or work. Set of 5 signed picks.
THIS MUSIC WILL NOT BE ON ITUNES!!
This is your ONLY shot to get a digital version of this new work. Party like it’s 1992 and enjoy what is still the best way to hear HIFI music. Oh, and f*ck mp3’s.
You will only be able to purchase this limited run shirt HERE! This means that when I see you wearing it in person, I will give you some extra squeeze and sweat. Note: I still get asked all the time for the ANIMALS shirt for people who missed out last time. One time print and even I am grabbing one this time.
“I remember drinking as the stars were falling.” Choose your poison- Vodka, Whiskey, Mezcal or even Wheat Grass (hi mom) and enjoy it in a set of two customized RSTAR shot glasses. Note: this comes with a lifetime guarantee that if you bring it to a show, I will always personally have a drink with you. Bottoms up!
Another first time printing. “When I was a kid I’d travel, to all the different places inside my head.” A journal for me is the core of my creativity. To sit and fill up the empty pages is where everything begins. Maybe you are a writer or a dreamer or someone who keeps it all inside, but I promise you this journal will open your world and bring you more than you even put into it. As an extra, I will personally start you off by writing the first page for you (if you don’t mind). THESE BOOKS WILL BE PERSONALIZED AND NUMBERED FOR PLEDGERS.
Just like this new music isn’t gonna be on iTunes (F*CK DIGITAL), let me send you a disposable camera that I rock around NYC for a week of my life. Over 17 please- I can’t be responsible for explicit content scarring a child.
Over the years, these have been the most popular and in demand merch I have ever released. It has been a long time since the last one and these will be exclusive to pledge so grab them while you can.
In 3 generations, I am the only one not in the family jewelry business (my grandpa called me the smart one). I come from a long line of jewelers and my sister Kristen Farrell is a designer to the stars and one of the greatest artists I know. I also worked at the family jewelry store when I was a kid so it is beyond appropriate that I finally offer this to you. I can’t wait to see this on your necks. In RSTAR fashion, it is man enough for him and sexy enough for her (haha). In other words bad ass unisex.
PS. I am gonna rock this too so we will indeed have matching pieces.
Paint the town. ANGELS + ANIMALS featured art by PIXOTE, a world famous graffiti artist residing here in Brooklyn. Let me see what YOU can do now. I will supply you with an RSTAR stencil and everything you need to get rockin’- including an “RSTAR get out of jail free card” (my first brush with the law was when I was 17 and promoting my band STAGE’s show in NYC with a bucket of wall paper paste and posters when undercover NYPD got us. Oops). Everyone who gets this exclusive will also get a blog post from me to show the RSTAR world what they are up to.
This item is long overdue and by request from my environmentalist mother, I finally am proud to present to you the RSTAR TOTE.
I will rip out a page from my personal journal. You pick the date. Choose wisely and be ready to decode what might enlighten you, make you laugh, or freak you out forever.
Whats on your mind? Lets talk. 20 minutes.
In a collaboration with MAST BROTHERS CHOCOLATE FACTORY and THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT, I will create an art piece on this chocolate bar label. It is by far the best chocolate in the world and the blank canvas is perfect for me to get creative with you in mind. Lyrics, drawings, etc. Will be designed just for you.
It’s a mystery- all of the things I take off the stage after I am done with a set. From lyrics to setlists to random notes- I will personally choose one from the collection to send to you.
Limited run concert style poster. Numbered and signed. Note: this is my first official RSTAR POSTER. I can’t wait.
I am so psyched for this. I have never released anything on this incredible medium for art and sound. It has been a dream to have vinyl pressing so join me and be the first to grab this limited print of a classic format for my FIRST RUN. Each one will be numbered and signed to commemorate my first run ever.
Last time I released a limited run of only 5 copies of my earliest work. It featured songs of mine I was pre-pubescently working out in my basement while my family dealt with the walls shaking from my bass and drum performances. This is the next stage of these recordings. My voice is deeper so my angst is stronger as you will now hear the evolution and the true beginnings of who I am today (one song even features Justin from STAGE- the first time we ever jammed and the song kicks ass. Proof that I was growing up on this one). No one has ever heard these songs before and these have never been released. It is me playing all the instruments and learning my musical way. I ask again, please keep these offline. This CD will be truly personalized and hand made by me for your ears only.
As hot of a ticket as the show will be, this is the most exclusive and private way to hang with the band and hear what we have in store before anyone else. It will be loud so bring ear plugs and get ready to RRRROOOOCCCKKK! Show date: 3/21/2015.
Inspired by my real life events I have been moved by choice and necessity to write beautiful nursery rhymes and enchanting lullabies. I would be thrilled to record a piano and vocal song to put your young one to sleep. Completely personalized with the name of your choice. I promise you will love it. Sweet dreams.
It has become known as “before the elephant”. Intimate and pure- there are only 100 of these in existence forever. This is the second batch I am releasing and is only available here. These are personally hand crafted, signed and numbered.
This one is forever and special. It is an amazing way to show me and everyone out there how much you care and believe. As a fan, you might know how seriously I take my liner notes. I grew up reading and studying every word and punctuation. For me, it is the setting of the story. ANGELS + ANIMALS even had secrets placed in it that to this day only one person has written me and figured out. Seeing your name here with mine is genuinely one of the greatest feelings for me. Without you I am nothing. From my heart to yours- thank you.
Back by popular demand, get on the phone with me and let’s go deep. Ask me anything and then write it up. I will post and blast out to RSTAR.NET and all of my social media. Personal note: This is your only chance to get me on the phone and to do what most writers don’t when they speak to me-- GET REAL-- I want you to get me to open up. I want you to go deeper than anyone has ever gone before. I promise you NO BULLSH*T and NO FILTER. My most real moments with you. Ask the right stuff and maybe even go viral with this.
Get all of us in one place and ask us anything you want to know. Past, present, future – you will be speaking with lifelong friends who have shared a deep and profound time together. I promise many awesome answers but the greatest will no doubt come from Justin Parker- drums. Interview will happen on 3/21/2015.
Let’s picnic it up in one of my favorite NYC parks. Just a few of us and my little guitar for a truly unplugged performance with food and sing-a-long. Picnic date: 5/29/2015
I found these at my parents’ house over Thanksgiving. They are used, abused, and broken. Dated and signed by the entire band from the last STAGE rehearsal we rocked. Set of 2 drumsticks.
Choose your favorite song or allow me to pick one off the new album for you. I will hand write these and this time send you the coolest bottles from my personal wine and mezcal collection. Cabbage Patch Kid Style-- each one comes with a photographic birth certificate of me and the bottle as I am enjoying it during the making of this album.
What is promised to be one of the most special concerts you ever attend. Join me in NYC SOHO on March 23rd, at the Kristen Farrell Gallery for champagne and hors d’oeuves. Dress your best and join me for this winter’s hottest NYC concert. Not much more to be said. Simply-- IT WILL BE AWESOME!!
I have never done this before. It will be the moment of truth but I would love it to be with you. The first in the world to hear the new music
THE SETTING – A private screening room in Brooklyn, NY, March 22nd
THE TONE – Allow me to perform a song or two for you and then press play. I will walk you through the new music and then do a Q and A
THE AFTERPARTY – do I have to give details?… fine… drinks, food and fun for everybody as we hang and play my favorite game TRUTH or DARE JENGA
At first I was so hesitant to put this one up. A concert for me is not at all sitting in front of my computer in my studio, I thought. Little did I know it would be some of the most intimate and profound performances of my life. For the handful of people who experienced with me before, you would agree this is potentially the most special one-on-one time we get. I am forever changed by it so I hope you grab these and come on a once in a lifetime ride. Lets create some memories. Due to the intensity of these I can only do this limited number. I apologize for those who find it out their spending range. I will always make it up to you in other ways. 45 min
Many of you know I am a passionate photographer. I will do a one of a kind print for you and then hand write and paint lyrics over it. A true work of art. 16 inches x 20 inches
I don’t usually like to throw myself completely at the helm of you, but I am writing this in a good mood so here ya go. You pick it I play it-- from One Direction (please no) to Nine Inch Nails. I will send you an audio and video recording of me performing the song of your choice (in my own style of course). I have only ever covered a handful of songs in all my years of playing music, so make it good and remember that anything goes.
For my fashionable friends. Take a ride with me as I design you a pair of Customized Converse kicks. You will be the only one you know with these because it is totally limited and exclusive to pledge so get them before they are gone. This also comes with a feet selfie when I see you at the next show. I am so pumped about this I feel like MICHAEL JORDAN so thanks in advance. Get them while you can.
This wouldn’t be complete without me doing me. Allow yourself to be at my mercy while I go shopping for you. I will create, personalize, and send to you the ultimate tantalizing experience in a box. You have read Fifty Shades of Gray, now live it. RESTRICTIONS: 18 years of age and over only
These songs I am about to create are going to come from a spark of creativity. I will sit as I do with the tape recorder running and you will hear what I hear. If you ever wanted a piece of true instinctual creativity, this is for you. Specifically for this album- there are no demos, no writing sessions and no rules. Just me finding it and not letting it go. That’s what this album is gonna be about. I will personally copy you the collection of recordings here for the whole album and most likely a bunch of songs that don’t make the cut as well. This will not live online (with your help) but I will personally hand make the album for you-- making each one unique and one of a kind.
Come to the studio for a whole day and see all the magic of making this recording happen before your eyes.
Join me on a city adventure, I will be your host and your tour guide. It will be a day in the life and it will be the most fun day of the year. I promise. I can’t reveal it all for some surprises need to be had but let’s say it starts with the best espresso you will ever have and ends with the most spectacular drinks. In between all of this you will be swept off your feet not only by me rocking a memorable private show in the park for you, but by everything my town will offer you, RSTAR style. Together we will explore art, adventure, conversation and life. This will be a day to remember. Date: 5/30/2015 Trust me. -r
I have never done anything like this before. My medium has either been words in a journal, paint on the street, or sounds though a microphone. Explore with me my other voice. I am releasing TEN PIECES of original art on CANVAS. These are one of a kind and only available here. I am sure that unlike my music where I can reproduce easily, these pieces will be hard to part with. I can’t show you any pictures because I have not made them yet. I will get on the phone with you briefly before I start to work so you are on my mind and then I will begin your one of a kind piece.
This guitar will be played on my new album. I will then personalize a note on it for you. So far it sounds like an epic story this guitar will live. From here out it will be up to you to give it life. Don’t let me down.
It might be a harmony, a background vocal or a spoken word but somehow along this recording I will call upon you for your voice. Even if you can’t get here to my studio we can make it work. This excites me because it puts me in a place to extend the creativity to you and to forever be a part of the music together. I have never done anything like this before so we will both share a unique experience forever recorded for all to hear.
If you have seen me perform in the last 5 years, you have seen this microphone (Shure SM58) get used and abused. It has more miles on it than your frequent flyer card. It is still in working condition for you ROCKERS out there or for the sentimental type it has literally blood sweat and tears on it so treat it right. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY ONE OF A KIND AND IN OUR RSTAR WOLRD HERE-- A PART OF MUSIC HISTORY. It will be signed and include live photos and a note from me describing why it is so hard to part with but I’m happy to share with you.
Like a vampire full of power, please invite me to your home. Make it a party with all of your friends or just you and me. I have never done such a thing but I imagine we will create incredible memories together. This is rare for me but it will only make it more special. Lets do this.
NOTE: travel costs not included.
This is a ONE OF A KIND large leather bound book. I will personally be spending countless hours telling my story through the songs I have penned. Each parchment page will have lyrics to EVERY SONG I have ever released handwritten on it. Songs dated from Stage to Songs From The Eye of An Elephant all the way through to the new music I am about to release. It will be the most comprehensive catalogue of work all in one place. In a most beautiful hand crafted way, this will have all the attention to detail (also telling a story with select linear notes, photos and art making it a true bible) and telling the story from the beginning all the way up until now. The new music, the next chapter.
This is for real. Check it out. You and your guest come spend the day (and night) at Disneyworld with me. Bring out the kid in all of us. We will ride, rock and eat (and at times even cut the lines with rockstar service). Lets prance around with Mickey ears together and when you can’t walk anymore (from the fun, drinks and roller coasters) we will head back to the hotel (on me) and I will rock a few tunes in your room for ya before bed. Last time I was there, the band and I actually performed on the castle. I’ll throw in this giant Disney Ryan Star sign that has our showtime on it and is signed by the entire band. So to summarize everything- f’n awesome. BE THERE!
I am a super private person but at the same time I enjoy a little voyeurism. This is just one of those ideas that goes against my better judgement and against what any manager would allow me to do. I am going for it. I have no details to offer more than THIS IS REAL. I am opening a private live camera feed up to ONE PERSON. With this link you receive a text from me anytime I begin to work and I will allow you to watch me record every note of this album. You will not be permitted to record or broadcast this feed. It is a one time only ridiculously exclusive way to watch this all unfold. I am part scared and part exhilarated by the idea of this.
The bidding will begin at 10,000 and work its way down until ONE of YOU pick it up.
If you are in the blessed position of having enough means to support a true artist in the year 2014, think hard about this one. These days many talented people are dropping off the map to survive-- my only fear. You will not receive anything in return except my unwavering gratitude and respect. You will be a hero to me, the listeners and artists as a whole. With your support I can be pure and focused on only the vision I wish to create.
The world needs art, music and love as much as it needs air. Be forever a plus in a plus minus world here with me. Thank you for your consideration. -r