ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MAY 10, 2011
By Steve Newton
Local AC/DC fans whose hearing has finally returned after the Aussie earbusters’ November 2008 show at GM Place might want to check out a new concert DVD/Blu-ray released today. Those who were permanently deafened at that gig can just watch it for the pretty pictures.
Shot entirely in HD with 32 cameras, Live at River Plate captures the quintet on its massive Black Ice World Tour, in particular its three sold-out shows in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in December of 2009. The band’s back catalogue is well represented, featuring the best tunes from the Bon Scott period (“Shot Down in Flames”, “Highway to Hell”, “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”) and the top tracks from the ongoing Brian Johnson days (“Shoot to Thrill”, “Back in Black”, “You Shook Me All Night Long”).
Judging by the YouTube clips that have been posted recently, the concert was meticulously documented. The audio was recorded and mixed by Vancouver’s own Mike Fraser, who also twiddled knobs on the band’s hugely successful but ultimately overrated 2008 blockbuster, Black Ice.
Bonus features of the two-hour, 20-minute DVD include “The Fan, the Roadie, the Guitar Tech & the Meat”, which boasts interviews with the band, its crew, and fans, and an overview of the animated sequence that kicked off all the shows.
Expect to see some devil horns.