Rage Against the Machine fans freakout after being beat by scalpers for reunion tour

Posted by on February 14, 2020


Concert tickets being resold to Ticketmaster, and other secondary market platforms such as StubHub happens more frequently as many witnessed this with acts including Metallica and My Chemical Romance. While fans sit in agony waiting in those terrible “waiting rooms” on Ticketmaster’s website, they eventually notice their slim chance to obtaining their dream ticket as they witness the ticket resale in front of their very own eyes. Concertgoers are unable to purchase a ticket altogether due to the show selling out within minutes.

Despite the attempt to stop ticket scalpers and reseller markets, the same has happened to Rage Against the Machine’s upcoming reunion tour. Unfortunately, the band has claimed many tickets being resold are fraudulent as they were already on reseller sites before the tickets were officially on sale. Therefore, it’s uncertain as to exactly how many fans will arrive with a valid or invalid ticket on the day of the show. However, nothing stopped these scalpers from stealing tickets from genuine RATM fans. On Ticketmaster’s website, they are reselling tickets for $600-$700. Meanwhile, StubHub has a more “reasonable” deal with reselling tickets between $150-$250. Oddly enough, the group assured all ticket prices were the same at $125, and they allegedly made an effort to avoid the scalping from happening, stating:


“Since the announcement of our tour, scalpers and broker sites have been listing fake tickets for Rage Against The Machine. 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 organisations 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 Rage Against The Machine tickets from scalpers, and we are holding in reserve 10% of the seating – random seats throughout each venue – to sell at a higher ticket price, but low enough too undercut the scalpers.

“We will donate 100% of the money over the fees and base ticket price to charities and activist organisations 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 organisations and will be supporting multiple charities and activist organisations throughout the tour.”


As we saw angry Twitter reactions earlier this week, fans have once again expressed their rage on the social media platform on the issue and you can read a few highlights below:




Last year, Billboard issued a report on how major artists engage in the ticket resale market. It’s rather unfortunate how major ticket sites such as Ticketmaster appear to be in on this too. Devoted fans have a choice to either miss the show or pay an absurd amount just to attend their favorite concert due to the flawed system that doesn’t seem to be fixed anytime soon.






[via MetalSucks]




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