There’s no question that AC/DC are easily one of the biggest and most successful rock bands of our time. Following the release of their sixteenth (yes, sixteenth) full-length studio, 2008’s ‘Black Ice’, the Australian rock quintet set about on a world tour to promote the release. One stop of the tour consisted of three dates in Buenos Aires in December 2009, all of which were recorded on 32 separate HD cameras, and compiled and edited into what is ‘Live At River Plate’.
Even if you’ve never been to an AC/DC concert before, if you’ve got at least some knowledge of the band you’ll have a pretty strong idea of what to expect, and your expectations are probably bang on. They’ve got their own custom stage, lead guitarist Angus Young is sporting his famous school uniform, the long walkway in the centre of the stage, and of course a setlist composed of many of their classic world famous tunes: ‘T.N.T.’, ‘Thunderstruck’, ‘Shoot To Thrill’, ‘Back In Black’ and many others all make a warmly welcomed appearance. The crowd’s dedication and love for the group really shines too, it’s not often that a crowd will sing along to a band’s guitar riff aswell as their lyrics.
Of course, with the amount of money the band are generating they’re able to bring into their performance some impressive props and stage visuals, such as the huge train model from ‘Rock N Roll Train’, the huge blow-up woman during ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’ and the series of war cannons fired throughout set closer ‘For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)’.
Usually when live DVDs are compiled with several different performances and shows, it can really ruin and dampen the whole atmosphere and full effect of what the show is meant to deliver, but on rare occasions such as that on ‘Live At River Plate’, the different dates where the songs were shot are incredibly challenging to differentiate, maintaining the whole rock vibe throughout. As with every AC/DC release though, all the songs don’t really sound too different from one another, and unless you’re a seasoned fan of their work you might not be able to recognise the change in songs until they reach the chorus hook. Still, who doesn’t enjoy singing along to the likes of ‘Back In Black’ and ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’?
Ultimately, ‘Live At River Plate’ manages to capture exactly what you’d get out of any AC/DC performance in the comfort of your living room, except from obviously the mass of sweaty fans jumping about and crushing you. It manages to maintain its strong deliverance despite being shot across several different shows, something that’s hard to come by. If you’re not already a fan of the band, you probably still won’t be converted, but unless you hate them it’s a fun watch regardless.
Written by Zach Redrup
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