RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE Dealing with Scalpers
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE (RATM) earlier this week announced a massive world tour titled “Public Service Announcement.” and with that announcement saw a lot of scalpers and bots scoop up tickets to their upcoming shows. Even though tickets don’t go on sale until today, tickets are already up on re-sale sites like StubHub. The ticket prices of course are ridiculous. Some shows were listed for $287 plus service fees. A pair of tickets to the show in Oakland with fees can run you almost $800
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Yesterday, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE‘s official web site posted a statement regarding scalpers and resale sites saying:
“Since the announcement of our tour, scalpers and broker sites have been listing fake tickets for RATM. We want to do everything we can to protect our fans from predatory scalping and, at the same time, raise a substantial amount of money for charities and activist organizations we support in each city. At many concerts, up to 50% of the seating is scooped up by scalpers and then resold to fans at much higher fees.
“We are doing everything we can to protect 90% of the RATM tickets from scalpers and then WE are holding in reserve 10% of the seating (random seats throughout each venue) to sell at a higher ticket price (but low enough to undercut the scalpers) We will donate 100% OF THE MONEY over the base ticket price to charities and activist organizations IN EACH CITY.
“We are confident this will help many more fans get tickets at face value and put a big dent in the aftermarket gouging. WE HATE SCALPING AS MUCH AS YOU DO and will continue to try to find ways to combat it. Additionally, we are donating all profits from our first three shows to immigrants’ rights organizations and will be supporting multiple charities and activist organizations throughout the tour.”
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RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE is made up of singer ZACK DE LA ROCHA, guitarist TOM MORELLO, drummer BRAD WILK and bassist TIM COMMERFORD. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHEIN’s tour will begin in March at several cities along or near the Mexican border, with all the proceeds for the first three shows going to organizations helping immigrants. Following these shows RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE will headline COACHELLA this year in Indio, California.
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE last concert happened in 2011 at L.A. Rising. together in 2011. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE hasn’t released an album of new material since 1999’s “The Battle of Los Angeles.”