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“WE WISHED FOR LOTS OF THINGS WHEN WE WERE 17, WE’RE WAITING FOR IT NOW, WAITING FOR IT NOW…” – r. star, the world i used to know, animals ep
These words have never meant so much to me. I am proud of the things I have done so far in music, but it is funny the way dreams work. When I was a young musician, I prayed that one day I would be signed to a big record label and they would make me a star, but that was the wrong idea.
I have learned my real dream is to play music for as many people who care for and love what I am doing as I can—to feel that emotion I put out on every record and at every show right back at me. The dream is having my connection with you – direct, untainted and real.
TO GET THIS NEW ALBUM OUT TO THE WORLD, I NEED YOUR HELP.
I found myself in a situation where this music was going to take an indefinite amount of time to be released to you (nobody puts baby in a corner). Without taking anything personally, I just decided to go to my loyal and cherished supporters who have always been there for me—those who know me better than anyone and the reason I play music in the first place. I am hoping I can count on you to help make this all a reality. We can show the world that nobody can stop the music if people want to hear it.
By PRE-ORDERING the album now through PLEDGE MUSIC, you are getting behind me and allowing me to finish and to get this music out NOW. I have always wanted to open the door so you can look into the creative process with me, so by PLEDGING you will also gain access to all of the things I will be doing here as we complete this new album. The above video is a piece of the newest song – “Sailing On.”
Beyond just the NEW MUSIC, I was also able to create unique experiences for us to share and to make the absolute most out of this experience. Not every artist gets the opportunity to connect on these levels so this is truly exciting for me, as I am hoping it is for you. Above all, this will be fun.
ME AND YOU!
Let’s show them what we got!!!!
All my love,
By pledging, you will get my new album download as soon as it’s finished. You will also gain access to behind the scenes updates for the making of the new record.
Exclusively made for pledge campaign, Animals T-Shirt (show your support by being the only ones with this hand made, silkscreened Animals Tee).
Get your hands on a physical copy of the new album
Released digitally, a very limited number of EPs are being printed
The most surprising exclusive, even to me.
Nothing else to say. If you know Stage, then you will not miss the
first time in ten years we have all been in the same room with our
hearts out for all to see, pumping the life blood that made us who we are.
With this pledge, you will gain access to a private UStream of the
full band rehearsal on November 4, 2013. 7-9pm EST.
Physical copy of the new album, signed by me.
Signed copy of “Animals” and signed copy of the new album.
They made these things before sexting was a word and I got my hands on a few of them. I am gonna run around the city with an old school disposable camera and send it to you. As my Instagram followers know, photography has always been a passion of mine, so I’m psyched to do this for ya).
The only other time I did this, I was in second grade. Like email never happened, let’s go back and forth a few rounds and get to know each other like it’s 1988. (Exchange 5 postcards over the next 6 months, this will be fun).
Designed by our OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR, STONEY (HYPEMAN, GURU) we saved all 5 of the original setlists from the A N G E L S + A N I M A L S Record Release Show. Each one is different and will be signed by the entire band. Get yours before they are gone. I will also throw in a signed guitar pick.
The new album on CD signed and the new tee.
Night 1 of the sold out RSTAR NYC TAKEOVER concert poster. It’s the only one in existence and it was posted outside the legendary club promoting the show. It’s authentic (meaning its wrinkled and crinkled but its awesome. If you don’t take this I’m gonna hang it in my studio).
Some of my favorite moments have been just getting to know my fans. I would love to get on the phone and chat (learn about you, learn about me, help you with homework or whatever is on your mind). Let’s get real, let’s talk! – warning – your life might make it into one of my new songs. (I’m in no way a 900 number but I figure around 20 minutes should be cool before it gets too hot).
OK let’s call it what it is. A diary. The day you pledge I will rip out a “diary" entry of that day and send it off to you. When I am old and gray you can read it back to me.
BE MINE AND BE THERE!! See how crazy a one man show can be. I am bringing it back to where it all started for me years ago-- I will be playing a very private and intimate piano set at the legendary Rockwood Music Hall in NYC. This will be in their new speakeasy room in the basement. The setting will be magical.
A very limited number of seats here to celebrate the success of this pledge campaign and Valentines Day. Maybe we will even get pizza together afterwards. :)
50 seats available. You will receive a secret password to get in. Fingerprinted, eye scanned and DNA cheek swabbed as well to confirm your entrance into this secret lair.
Date of show: February 14, 2014, 10:30 p.m. 21+
Made for pledge campaign – signed, numbered and personalized – this book captures the behind the scenes memories from one of the greatest musical experiences I have ever had.
When I was a child and while all the other kids seemed to be learning the cheat codes to Zelda and Mortal Combat, I locked myself in the basement to learn music. It was 1992-1994 and I had a 4-track cassette recorder, a drum set , some mics and various other rock instruments laying around and set sail on
my musical adventure. These tapes circulated around my school and essentially were the calling card to me becoming the front man of my band STAGE. (only for the most die hard RSTAR historian—these are beyond precious to me and have so much innocence and exploration in the rawness. Some songs sound like a girl is singing but I assure you it is me before the hair on my chest was growing) Besides my parents and some random junior high school kids, NOBODY HAS EVER HEARD THIS MUSIC – please keep it offline.
(1 handmade cd-r to replicate the original 4-track cassette)
STAGE Original Release: Historical Underdosing.
In 1995, a group of local school friends got together to make some music and change their lives forever. While they should have been in their SAT
prep course, they made an album that they wanted to change the world.
Only 1,000 of these are in existence. From my personal stash I bring
you one of the most proud works of my life. This was my rite of passage into music as I put my all into this – including the photography for the cd package. This is everything to me and it means a lot to be releasing only 3 of these out to the world because once they are gone they will not be reprinted.
Before there was my first solo album, Songs From The Eye of an Elephant, there was a collection of work I created called “movie music” that I never released. No one has ever heard it ‘til now. I will create hand made cdr’s each numbered and signed for you to enjoy. Please keep this offline!! Thx
Growing up I can’t say I read every assigned book on the syllabus, but I did have an obsession with memorizing liner notes. I know we are in a digital age, but we are going old school and your name will be printed in my album package, forever uniting us in record heaven.
Find the reporter in you. Let’s get on the phone and do an interview. Your questions, your rules and your writing. I will post this on my site for the world to see. I am excited to get real with you. (30 minutes)
Handwritten lyrics of your choice inside a wine or Jaeger bottle – great for your mantel, if you have a mantel.
For the greatest and most hard-core fans. You will not be disappointed. From my band STAGE to RSTAR and everything in between, each will be absolutely one of a kind and filled with only things I have personally held onto over the years of making music.
There is an rstar legend of a mythical DVD that was created after Stage recorded their major label album in NYC. Through the tumultuous times of 9/11 this album and the recording had a weight on it that will forever remain in my memory as a truly creative and powerful time. This DVD is as good as they say it is. My friend and filmmaker RANDY SCOTT SLAVIN recorded and created it as a fly on the wall at the legendary AVATAR STUDIOS. I personally held on to 5 copies of it. You can not get it anywhere else. Out of my own collection I will be letting 3 go along with a signed ADVANCE COPY of the STAGE album this film documented and also the official cd single of “I Will Be Something” and the Maverick Records cd sampler.
All are out of Print and from my personal collection that I have been holding onto for the most special occasion.
The center of the art world is in SOHO. A magical place in New York City that is known for it’s loft spaces and artists that have changed the world. To accompany the Album Release and successful pledge campaign in early January 2014, come experience a private solo acoustic show at my sister Kristen Farrell’s Gallery. Only 30 of us will experience an evening of flowing champagne and a musical set we will all remember.
just me and you. Songs of your choice as I play a set for you from chai b recordings – My private Brooklyn studio. We will chat between songs, get personal and create an experience we will both remember forever.
(Running time – half hour with songs of your choice if you want).
Let’s picnic it up in the world’s greatest park. Just a few of us and my little guitar for a truly unplugged performance with food and sing-a-long.
Please Note: this will take place over the course of two days. Two small groups.
I always knew one day my band STAGE would release the music that was never heard. I know for certain that although one day the music will get out there these physical copies will NEVER BE REPRINTED. This is it. From my personal collection to you, I am exclusively releasing only ONE COMPLETE SET of stage ep’s. This was our journey to get our band signed and out to the masses. These were the cd’s we only produced only 300 of to hustle around to fans and music exec’s.
They are all gone -- this offer is open to the other members of Stage so if you want a piece of our history you better beat them out to the PLEDGE!
This drum head was hand made by musician, street artist and friend GAMBIT. It will appear in the upcoming Bullet music video. To me, it represents the new chapter of the rstar story. I’ll also sign it.
For those who know me better than anyone else – It is understood that
I am a creature of habit and my clothing follows. This very worn and
abused touring t-shirt was forced into retirement and into my closet’s
hall of fame for most at bats. My favorite t, some of my greatest
moments were in this shirt and then it went global in the the Start A
Fire music video. At some moments it felt like a 6th band member. On a
more spiritual note, I need to add that the writing on this shirt is
powerful. Nothing Sacred – it is a simple idea to me about keeping it
light and letting it all flow. ~namaste.
Any musician will tell you sometimes the song just comes from the instrument. The last three years I have not gone anywhere without this special little guitar. It was with me from the first note I wrote on this new album all the way to my writing trip down in Costa Rica, the slopes of Aspen and the beaches of Puerto Rico and Montauk. This has been one of the most special instruments I have ever owned and as I wrap up this album I feel ready to let it go to a new home. Take good care of this one for me. (bring it to a show in the future and I will surely need to jam with it and say hello)
This drumhead was used at the SOLD-OUT BEYOND CAPACITY Record Release Show for A N G E L S + A N I M A L S. January 14th, 2014 at The Bowery Ballroom was an amazing way to celebrate this album coming to fruition. Designed by street artist and friend, GAMBIT, the new logo appears here and this will truly be a piece of memorabilia to commemorate one of my proudest works. This will also be signed by myself and the band.
This one needs no introduction-- Back by popular demand this will be the FINAL article of clothing from my closet. I had to retire this incredible – ANGEL MAKER RED T – after countless shows and photo shoots. The reputation of me never changing my clothes was because of how much I loved it. For those who were on the ride with me when Breathe was hitting the airwaves you will remember this was the shirt that was used in all of the art work. It is rare that I wear color and will forever be one of my favorite t’s.
As you know some of my favorite tunes like LULLABY SUICIDE, SCIENTISTS CANVAS, I KNOW WHERE YOU ARE, FAIRY TALE, BULLET were all written and some performed just stream of consciousness. I press record and just let the song come out. It is my favorite form of writing. I will literally press record on my tape deck and send it to you. It will not be digital. It will be the only copy in existence and it will be yours. One of a kind. You might even hear it grow up and become a fully produced tune one day.
(If you do not have a tape deck I can also send an mp3 version if preferred – just keep our little secret offline)!!!
Sorry for the scratches but it still rocks!!! (Epiphone ebony dot hollow body)
Signed – from 2009–2012 – My fearless, primal and one of a kind band and I went around the USA and rocked with this RYAN STAR logo drum head. Only one in existence and we are ready to move on and let you have it. It will be signed by all of us and will look amazing wherever you put it.
I originally was asked by the HARD ROCK CAFE (for real) if I would let them put this up behind the glass. I turned them down because I wore this Helmut Lang (yes, super couture and was purchased in Soho for more money than I believe I had in my bank account at the time) runway MOHAWK HOODIE for one of my most famous and memorable TV performances. I am more proud and excited for you to keep this safe for me. Rules : I might absolutely and certainly call you to borrow this hoodie on my next tour.
I grew up obsessed with Jim Morrison journals. They were part of my education in writing my emotions and songs.
I have been carrying this journal around for 3 years working out songs. I have always kept these because they are some of my most precious memories, but for this experience I feel it is right to let you in. Keep it safe and enjoy the insanity of my writing process. Treasure it the way I would and enjoy having a real special part of my art in your hands. I am so excited to share this one. This is what it’s all about.
Come to a private dinner party hosted by me at my Brooklyn apartment. Enjoy the view of Manhattan as you sit and eat an incredible dinner around my piano as I perform the new album in its entirety. Post dinner and performance, we head off to Brooklyn Bowl for a night of bowling and partying. Then we head across the street to finish the night with some drinks up on the deck of the coolest rooftop bar in Brooklyn, where I will also be putting you up to stay at the famous boutique and super hot WYTHE HOTEL. This package I thought long and hard about. It is destined to be a night to remember for all of us. I am thrilled to be doing this and anticipate it being an absolute highlight of this whole album experience. Come spend the night with me.
Please note: this exclusive does not include airfare, but everything else including the hotel stay is covered. All inclusive baby! – let’s party
My sister and world famous jewelry designer to the stars dressed the Impossible video with a ton of bling. This one of a kind hand made ring played a character in the story line and has all of the magical powers that any Kristen Farrell piece possesses. It is true art by a true artist.
(This ring retails for $28,900. I will also contribute 5,000 to the charity of your choice -- 18 karat white gold angel wings ring by Kristen Farrell with 1.70 carats D/VVS1 round brilliant cut diamonds)