I'll go ahead and skip the usual band introduction paragraph for this review, because, 1) I have already done it with my three other AC/DC concert DVD reviews, and, 2) if you are not already familiar with AC/DC, then you have probably been holed up in some cave in Afghanistan awaiting further orders from Bin Laden. Don't hold your breath. Wait...do hold your breath. I will say one quick thing about AC/DC, though, it is goddam miraculous that these old Aussies are still going strong and putting on some of the most thrilling rock concerts in the business.
AC/DC's Black Ice World Tour was my first opportunity to see this legendary band live, and I rate it right up there with some of the best rock concerts I have ever seen - and I have seen a lot. Live At River Plate brilliantly captures AC/DC's three-night stand in December of 2009, at River Plate stadium, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, during their world-conquering Black Ice World Tour. Black Ice was the band's first album in eight years and it reached #1 in 29 different countries, including the United States. The tour featured 168 shows in 31 different countries, and lasted almost three years. It is now the third highest-grossing concert tour of all time.
A total of about 200,000 fans showed up for the three sold-out Buenos Aires shows to welcome AC/DC back to Argentina after a 13-year absence. And welcome them back they did! Typical of every concert DVD filmed in South America (see Rush - In Rio, and Megadeth - That One Night: Live In Buenos Aires for starts), these fans simply lose their collective minds during these concerts, jumping up and down and singing non-stop for the entire two-hour show. It's got to be a bit of a letdown to play anywhere else in the world after playing in front of these insane crowds for a few nights.
I didn't really know what to expect from these guys, seeing that they were all closing in on 60 years old (Brian Johnson was 61 at the time), and because they hadn't toured since 2000/2001's Stiff Upper Lip world tour. Well, this video will certainly drop-kick any doubts out of your puny skulls as to whether these balding rock gods can still deliver the goods. From the opening power chords of "Rock N Roll Train," to the closing cannon blasts of "For Those About To Rock," this band was more well-oiled than that big freight train that comes crashing through the back of the stage to open the show.