Rage Against The Machine Vs. Ticket Scalpers
Tickets for the bands El Paso and Las Cruces shows' are on sale now. Here's how Rage Against The Machine are fighting after ticket scalpers.
Professional ticket scalpers somehow crash on-sale dates for big shows, buying up large numbers of tickets then forcing fans to pay sometimes exorbitant prices for them. Rage Against The Machine has always been about fighting the power and they have a plan to at least limit the scalping and to do some good.
According to the bands' website:
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).
On top of that, all ... 100% ... of the extra money that the band does charge for those "saved" seats will be given to charities in each of the cities where the tickets are sold. Taking it a step farther, all profits from the first 3 shows, (of which El Paso and Las Cruces are two), will be donated to immigrants' rights organizations. (RATM)
Kudos to them for fighting scalpers and being cool dudes while they do it.