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AC/DC Live At River Plate Premiere
Hammersmith Apollo, London 6 May 2011
lucky enough to grab a quick word with both Malcolm and Angus Young. I
asked them whether we will see another album and tour and the answer was
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'.
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.
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.
see's the European premiere of their new live DVD 'Live At River Plate'
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 absence of some thirteen years from the country.
chose to premiere the DVD at one of their spirtual homes. AC/DC
regularly played at the Hammy O on all tours leading right up to the
'For Those About To Rock Tour' in '82 before the arenas beckoned.
played a special one-off here to promote the 'Live At Donington 91' DVD
in 2003 , a colossal gig that I was lucky enough to experience. AC/DC
also played their first ever UK gig in Hammersmith way back in 1976 just
a few hundred yards up the road at the Red Cow pub (Now known as the
had won free tickets through numerous competitions to be here this
evening and there was excitement in the air as the band were to make a
personal appearance too. Outside the Odeon, two cannons were
standing guard with the 'Hell's Bell' proudly on show at the doorway.
premieres where a red carpet is the only way for V.I.P's to make an
entrance, there is a special 'Black' carpet with the red AC/DC logo
emblazoned on it.
Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones was one of the first up the carpet,
who was so influenced by AC/DC that he too favours the cherry red Gibson
SG guitar that is used by Angus Young.
I got to ask
Kelly what his favourite AC/DC memory was and he said ''That I use to
dress up like Angus as a schoolboy.'' and that his favourite album is ''Powerage.''
complete pandemonium when AC/DC arrived on the carpet with fans
clamouring over the security gates trying their best to snap a photo of
their heroes or to grab a prized signature.
All the band
were here except drummer Phil Rudd who had to stay at home in New
Zealand to be with his family after their home was recently damaged in
the typhoon that struck the country.
I was lucky
enough to grab a quick word with both Malcolm and Angus Young. I asked
them whether we will see another album and tour and the answer was
mentioned that the Rolling Stones and Chuck Berry are still going, how
much longer can AC/DC do it?
doing just fine'' affirms Malcolm Young whilst Angus gives me the big
thumbs up when I mentioned Chuck Berry.
A big hero
and influence of his, if it wasn't for Berry there would be no duck walk
for Angus. The band are back in the studio and hope to have an album
released within the next two years. There's still plenty of high
voltage in the band yet.
Odeon before the film started there was a hilarious video from Ozzy
Osbourne saying how much he admired the energy of the band, whipping up
the frenzy of the Odeon with cries of ''AC/DC,AC/DC,AC/DC'', followed by
the band walking on stage to make a little speech before they took their
seats. A little surreal that AC/DC were sitting down at Hammersmith
watching AC/DC in concert.
It was 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.
David Mallet who has also worked on many previous AC/DC videos 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
is the must have souvenir for anyone who saw them on the 'Black Ice'
tour, you can almost feel Angus' sweat covering you watching this.
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.
Hell they were even singing along here at Hammersmith too.
is exhilarating and if you been unfortunate enough not to have seen the
band before, once witnessing this you'll be first in the queue next time
tickets go on sale.
mammoth set is included with some of the biggest classic rockers you'll
ever hear in your life.
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
Johnson is the lovable frontman who 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 tightest, most
formidable band in the world. A winning formula that they have stuck to
for many years that leaves many in the dust.
The DVD is
the must have souvenir for anyone who saw them on the 'Black Ice' tour,
you can almost feel Angus' sweat covering you watching this.
as one of the most spectacular live DVDs I've ever seen for which I must
give AC/DC a 21 gun salute. Tonight , Hammersmith Ain't A Bad Place To
Be. It was 'El Monumental' indeed.
Photos by Neil
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