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Tickets for Rage Against the Machine are ridiculously expensive and people are furious

Rage Against The Machine (RATM) announced a handful of new dates for their upcoming 2020 tour earlier this week, including nine new Canadian stops. 

The band will play in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Québec City and Hamilton as well as two shows in Toronto this summer, and tickets for the much-anticipated tour went on sale at 11 a.m. this morning. 

But unfortunately, prices were slightly higher than fans expected considering the band is all about raging against capitalism. 

"Can’t wait to surprise my wife with a Rage Against the Machine ticket for her Valentine’s Day gift," Edmonton journalist Chat Hucaluk wrote on Twitter.

"I’m not looking forward to telling her I had to take out a second mortgage to afford the tickets, however."

Some fans were shocked to find that the cheapest seats were selling for over $100. 

And some were so turned off by the exorbitant prices that they chose to stop being fans of the band altogether. 

But while RATM tickets are certainly pricier than many expected, some of the steep costs fans are complaining about are thanks to scalpers and resell websites buying up tickets and selling them at much higher prices. 

Some resell tickets are currently going for as high as $500.

The issue is so pervasive, in fact, that RATM actually put out a statement about it on their website

"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)," they wrote.

"We will donate 100% OF THE MONEY over the fees and 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."

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Scott Penner

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