AC/DC have topped business magazine Forbes’ annual earning list for rock acts, after making an estimated $67.5 million between June 2015 and June 2016.
The Aussie giants racked up the equivalent of $185,000 every day in music, ticket and merchandise sales – despite enduring the losses of mainman Malcolm Young, drummer Phil Rudd and vocalist Brian Johnson, along with the impeding retirement of bassist Cliff Williams.
Their total is greater than the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, U2, Muse, Foo Fighters and the Dave Matthews Band’s individual incomes, although all of them brought in more than $30m over the 12-month period.
Forbes say: “The nearly half-century-old Scottish-Australian band hit a bump in the road when lead singer Brian Johnson had to drop out of their world tour due to a medical condition. But AC/DC found an incredible replacement – Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose, and so far, fan demand is undeterred.
“It’s a long way to the top, but the group is right up there once again.”