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AC/DC Live At River Plate Sony(2011)
So good you can be drenched in Angus' sweat...


For Those About To Rock...I think it's fair to say that AC/DC are the biggest heavy rock band on the planet right now. The band have sold over 200 million albums worldwide, 22 million alone for the seminal 'Back In Black'.

After an absence of eight years AC/DC returned with their fifteenth studio album 'Black Ice', an album that went on to sell nine million copies and hit the number one spot in an amazing 31 countries.

The 'Black Ice World Tour' saw the band go on a mammoth tour around the world including North America,Europe,Oceania, Asia and South America starting in Pennsylvania USA in 2008 ending on a hot sunny night in Bilbao Spain in June 2010, a total of 108 cities in over 28 countries.

The tour was the third highest ever grossing tour bringing in some $442 million dollars finishing just behind the Rolling Stones and U2. Yes sir AC/DC are one of the biggest global brands you can find.

The new DVD 'Live At River Plate' was recorded over three sold out nights in December 2009 in Buenos Aires Argentina in front of some crazy enthusiastic 65,000 fans per night after an abscence of some thirteen years from the country.

Estadio Monumental is home to Argentina's most sucessful football team River Plate and it was here that in 1978 a long haired footballer Mario Kempes scored twice against Holland to secure victory in the World Cup Final for the host nation and will always be remembered for the millions tiny pieces of ticker tape raining from the skies.

It was another long haired man in shorts that's sends the loyal crowd into overdrive who during this concert make more noise than those who there there some 31 years earlier. Angus Young and the rest of AC/DC are greeted like long lost rock gods as soon as they hit the stage with their 'Rock 'N Roll Train' .

It's like being at a real concert with the volume turned up to a maximum, the concert footage is impressive ,filmed with the use of 32 HD cameras. Directed by David Mallet who has also worked on many previous AC/DC video's including the magnificent 'Live At Donington' as well as many of their recent promo videos. His work also includes Queen,U2, Rolling Stones and David Bowie.

Inside the stadium in Buenos Aires the crowd are going nuts from the off with heads bopping up and down all the way to the back singing along to every word. Not only singing along to the choruses but also every verse.

The footage is exhilarating and if you been unfortunate enough not to have seen the band before, once witnessing this you'll be first in the que next time tickets go on sell.

After the opening number Brain Johnson simply state's "That we don't speak very good Spanish but we do speak great rock'n roll" and from then on it's the music that does the talking.

The whole mammoth set is punctuated with some of the biggest classic rockers you'll ever hear in your life. Inflatable Rosie and Angus withering around on the floor one moment then running up the full ramp that stretches way out into the crowd without missing a note.

Brian Johnson is the lovable frontman that has established himself the perfect partnership for Angus just as much as Bon Scott had done many years before. With a perfect rhythm section AC/DC are the most tightest formidable band in the world. A winning formula that they have stuck to for many years that leaves many in the dust.

There's a nice little extra documentary called 'The Fan,The Roadie,The Guitar Tech & The Meat' which shows the first job for the crew was to take down the goal posts as River Plate had played a game just the night before.

Dedicated fans outpouring their love for AC/DC and a nice scene where a father and his son win two tickets at a radio show and both have tears in their eyes upon hearing the good news.

On the way back to the airport, you get to see a rare clip of AC/DC casually talking about their love of the good time they had in Argentina and how much they all enjoyed a good beefy steak whilst having a puff on a fag.

The DVD is the must have souvenir for anyone who saw them on the 'Black Ice' tour, you can almost feel Angus's sweat covering you watching this.

This rates as one of the most spectactular live DVD's I've ever seen for which I must give AC/DC a 21 gun salute ... Fire!


Review by Mark Taylor

DVD Premiere

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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