Rage Against The Machine have raised more than $3 million for charities so far from ticket sales of their upcoming Public Service Announcement reunion tour.
This came after the band publicly revealed their plans to thwart ticket scalpers while raising money for charity. In that announcement, the rockers said they planned to hold back 10% of their tickets to be priced higher than standard tickets – but still lower than scalper prices – with proceeds going to charities.
Now, in a recent Instagram post, guitarist Tom Morello has revealed sales from the so-called “charity” tickets have raised over $3 million in the two days since sales have begun. According to his post, the band have been able to “block approx 85% of scalpers trying to buy tickets”. Read the full post here:
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So far we have been able to block approx 85% of scalpers trying to buy tickets and in two days have raised over $3,000,000 for charity. Still, annoying scalpers (and misinformation) remain. We appreciate the overwhelming demand and are discussing next steps to ensure more of you will be able to come and see us.
There has, however, been some unhappiness from fans regarding the inflated prices. In response, Morello has taken to Twitter to shed more light on the sales model, ensuring fans that the outlook is promising.
“10% of all Tix reserved for charity. 100% of money above base price on each ticket goes to charities in that city”, he explained. “Charity price fluctuates to counter scalping. When we have final numbers [we] will list charities. Over $3m raised for charity in [the] first 48 hrs.” Read the full statement here.
Yes. Read it. 10% of all Tix reserved for charity. 100% of money above base price on each ticket goes to charities in that city. Charity price fluctuates to counter scalping. When we have final numbers will list charities. Over $3m raised for charity in first 48 hrs. https://t.co/ynAbtrSQT0
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) February 15, 2020
RATM announced their tour last week, following the split of Prophets Of Rage, the side project that featured rappers B-Real and Chuck D. Their reunion tour, the Public Service Announcement tour, is slated to take place over the span of seven months, including shows at this year’s Coachella, as well as headlining slots at Boston Calling, Firefly, Reading and Leeds festivals. They have also added six more tour dates, in response to overwhelming demand.
More information at ratm.com.