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Rage Against the Machine Tour Sold Out in Minutes, Thousands of Tickets Bought by Scalpers

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I, like seemingly everyone else on my social feeds, attempted to get tickets for Rage Against the Machine’s reunion world tour yesterday morning. I was unsuccessful. Extreme sad face.

Despite the band’s efforts to prevent tickets from going to scalpers, which were certainly admirable, thousands of tickets are currently available on secondary market sites like StubHub. For one of the three shows the band is playing at Madison Square Garden (the third added after the first two sold out), I currently count 27 tickets posted for the GA pit section alone, and those start at nearly $400. Seated tickets are available for less money in exactly the way you’d expect, with cheaper seats available the farther away from the stage you’re willing to sit.

That in spite of the band’s effort to keep things equitable by pricing EVERY seat in EVERY venue at $125, regardless of location. I love that move and can’t remember a band ever doing anything like it. I sincerely hope that most of those tickets went directly to fans.

The band added six more shows within an hour of the initial on-sale yesterday, and those all sold out within minutes, too. Now they’re back online, on other websites, for you to buy at astronomical prices.

The morals of the story here? 1) Demand is HUGE for Rage Against the Machine right now. 2) Nothing they, or anyone, can do is going to stop scalpers. The system is fucked. We need a band like Rage to un-fuck it… but how?

If you want to try your hand at finding reasonably priced tickets on StubHub, go for it… but good luck. Newly added dates are listed below in bold.

03/26 El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
03/28 Las Cruces, NM – Pan American Center [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
03/30 Glendale, AZ – Gila River Arena [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
04/10 Indio, CA – Coachella [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
04/17 Indio, CA – Coachella [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
04/21 Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
04/25 Portland, OR – Moda Center [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
04/28 Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
05/01 Vancouver, BC – Pacific Coliseum at the PNE [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
05/03 Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
05/05 Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
05/07 Winnipeg, MB – Bell MTS Place [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
05/09 Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford Premier Center [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
05/11 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
05/12 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
05/14 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
05/16 St. Louis, MO – Enterprise Center [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
05/19 Chicago, IL – United Center [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
05/20 Chicago, IL – United Center [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
05/23 Boston, MA – Boston Calling [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
06/19 Dover, DE – Firefly [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
07/10 East Troy, WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
07/13 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
07/15 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
07/17 Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Bluesfest [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
07/18 Quebec City, QC – Festival d’Été de Québec [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
07/21 Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
07/23 Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
07/24 Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
07/27 Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
07/29 Cleveland, OH – Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
07/31 Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
08/02 Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
08/04 Washington DC – Capital One Arena [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
08/05 Washington DC – Capital One Arena [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
08/07 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
08/10 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
08/11 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
08/13 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
08/28 Leeds, UK – Leeds Festival [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
08/30 Reading, UK – Reading Festival [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
09/01 Paris, France – Rock En Seine Festival [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
09/04 Stradbally Laois, Ireland – Electric Picnic Festival [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
09/06 Berlin, Germany – Lollapalooza Berlin Festival [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
09/08 Prague, Czech Republic – O2 Arena [Ticketmaster / StubHub]
09/10 Krakow, Poland – Tauron Arena [Ticketmaster / StubHub]

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