While most bands feel the need to evolve, jump on trends, or go to Africa and hire a rhythm section, AC/DC sticks to one simple principle: “If it ain’t broke, don’t ﬁx it.” They’ve stuck to their guns and continue to do what they’ve done best since the 1970s – rock their audiences into sweltering frenzy. With a simple blues-based songwriting formula that has remained intact since their inception, the band continues to deliver its dirty brand of rock and roll without apologies.
AC/DC Live At River Plate is the audio version of the DVD and Blu-Ray 2011 release of their Black Ice World Tour in 2009. Recorded in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the band rocks hard in front of 200,000 screaming fans in a jam-packed soccer stadium. The album comes with a two-disc CD or a three-disc red vinyl package, featuring multiple album covers, and a 24-page booklet.
Drummer Phil Rudd, bassist Cliff Williams, Brian Johnson on lead vocals, Malcolm Young on rhythm guitar, and spastic schoolboy Angus Young on lead guitar, bring their A game. It’s a ﬁery performance that whips the Argentinian audience into chanting, sing-a-longs, and mayhem. It’s 19 tracks of classics, deep cuts, and new tunes that seamlessly blends Johnson’s whiskey-soaked rasp, a tireless rhythm section, and that patented killer vibrato from Young that launched a million guitarists. The sound quality is excellent.
The band is relentless as it blasts its way through “TNT” and “Thunderstruck,” while “You Shook Me All Night Long,” “Back In Black,” and “Highway To Hell,” sends the audience over the top. New tunes like “Big Jack,” “War Machine,” and “Rock N Roll Train” ﬁt seamlessly, making this an extraordinary package for those about to rock.
This article originally appeared in VG‘s Feb. ’13 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.