The world-famous rockers from Down Under have smashed Australian crowd numbers after selling more than 212,000 tickets for their upcoming stadium dates, breaking previous records for an outdoor crowd in Australia.

AC/DC are due to play three dates at Sydney’s outdoor ANZ Stadium and have sold 212,729 tickets, according to Australia’s Daily Telegraph website.

Brian Johnson (left) and Angus Young (right) on stage for the Black Ice album tour.

You may think the ‘classic’ rock band are just a bunch of geriatrics by now, but clearly their stage antics are enough to rope in the crowds, with this current tour estimated to have earned close to $AU30 million in gig takings and merchandising combined.

The band’s tour managers, however, stressed to the Australian Daily Telegraph that there’ll be large amounts of the money they won’t see.

But AC/DC won’t be investing all those takings for six hours work in the past five days in their super fund.

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Promoter Garry Van Egmond said: “The major costs of a tour like this are staff and freight and we’re employing 500 people at every concert in Australia.

“Hotel accommodation has also been at a premium during the band’s visit with people coming from everywhere for the shows.”

It seems that they’re nowhere near ‘too old’, as critics of the band may claim. They’ve still got plenty of spring left in their step, with the band having recently announced they will be headlining the main stage at this year’s Download festival in Donnington.

The Australian Daily Telegraph page also included a breakdown of the top 11 outdoor and indoor performers in Australia, based on ticket sales:

Outdoor

  • AC/DC, three concerts at ANZ Stadium: 212,729
  • U2, three concerts at ANZ Stadium: 211,747
  • Robbie Williams, two concerts at Sydney Football Stadium: 105,157
  • Rolling Stones, one concert at ANZ Stadium: 60,000

Indoor

  • Britney Spears: 66,247
  • Coldplay: 59,391
  • Justin Timberlake: 57,788
  • Eagles: 51,501
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers: 45,329
  • Bette Midler: 44,622
  • Neil Diamond: 43,780

Source: The Daily Telegraph (Australia).

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