Release date: November 20, 2012
Legendary boogie and blues rockers, AC/DC return this week with the third live album of the band’s storied career. “Live at River Plate” follows up on the 1978’s “If You Want Blood You’ve Got It” and 1992’s “Live”.
“Live at River Plate” finds the Australian quintet in full force on what AC/DC has declared to be its final massive world tour. A tour which found the band performing to over five million fans in 108 cities in over 28 countries. The setlist was recorded over three sold-out nights in Buenos Aires, Argentina in December 2009 for nearly 200,000 fans. The band originally released “Live at River Plate” in May 2011 as a DVD/Blu Ray. This represents the audio version. The two-disc set contains all 19 tracks from the DVD version.
The tour was in support of AC/DC‘s fifteenth studio album, “Black Ice” and the show starts off with that album’s first single, “Rock and Roll Train”. The album is also represented by the title track, “Big Jack”, and “War Machine”.
From the Bon Scott era the band tapped into numerous classics like “Hell Ain’t a Bad Place To Be”, “Shot Down In Flames”, “The Jack”, “T.N.T.”, “Let There Be Rock”, “Dog Eat Dog”, “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”, “Whole Lotta Rosie”, and of course “Highway To Hell”.
From the current Brian Johnson era, aside from the Black Ice tracks, the band also performed hits like the anthemic “Back in Black”, the ever-rousing “Thunderstruck”, “Hells Bells”, “Shoot To Thrill” and the monster show closer, “For Those About to Rock”.
Noticeably absent from the set is anything from the AC/DC’s three mid 80s efforts; “Flick of the Switch”, “Fly on the Wall” and “Blow Up Your Video”, or the band’s last two albums “Ballbreaker” (1995) or “Stiff Upper Lip” (2001).
Still fans have nothing to complain about with this setlist. Both eras of AC/DC are brilliantly covered in that classic romp and roll garage band magnificence that made them rock and roll icons. AC/DC has never changed its style to fit into current trends. Instead founders and principal songwriters Malcolm and Angus Young stick to straight forward riff powered rock and roll. Longtime vocalist Brian Johnson, bassist Cliff Williams and drummer Phil Rudd, round out the band’s seminal line-up.
One would never guess that these guys are all weathered and worn grandfathers of the old school, for they take the stage with as much energy and passion as they did 40 years ago. That vibrancy permeates every track on “Live at River Plate”. This is a must have set for all AC/DC and classic rock fans. Seriously, who doesn’t love AC/DC?