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AC/DC Named Highest-Earning Rock Act Of The Last Year

Written by Tom Williams on July 13, 2016

Aussie rockers AC/DC are the highest-earning rock act on Forbes‘ annual list of the world’s highest-earning celebrities, after taking home an estimated USD$67.5 million in the last year.

Despite the departure of guitarist Malcolm Young, drummer Phil Rudd and singer Brian Johnson from the band’s touring lineup, Acca Dacca managed to beat out the likes of The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and Sir Paul McCartney, who all earned over USD$55 million between June 2015 and June 2016.

“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,” Forbes says.

“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.”

AC/DC’s estimated earnings — which don’t include deductions like management and agent fees, production costs or other expenditure — puts them at number 17 on Forbes‘ Global Celebrity 100 list, which this year is topped by Taylor Swift, who made an estimated USD$170 million in the last 12 months.

Catch the list of the top-earning rock acts below, and the full list of top-earning celebrities over at the Forbes website.

Watch: AC/DC – Rock The Blues Away

Forbes Magazine’s Top Earners, June 2015 – June 2016 (Rock Acts)

AC/DC (17th overall) — $67.5 million
Rolling Stones (18th) — $66.5 million
Bruce Springsteen (24th) — $60.5 million
Paul McCartney (25th) — $56.5 million
U2 (30th) — $55 million
Muse (44th) — $49 million
Foo Fighters (45th) — $48.5 million
Dave Matthews Band (86th) — $33 million

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