Monday, December 3, 2012

AC/DC Rides Again!

The Rock And Roll Detective® is happy to share this forum today with a guest writer who is also a music author, historian and researcher - to tell us about the first new album from Aussie Rockers AC/DC in twenty years! Rock it Susan…

Live at River Plate-AC/DC

By Susan Masino

AC/DC has just released Live at River Plate, their first live album in twenty years, recorded in December, 2009 in Buenos Aires. Playing in front of nearly 200,000 fans over three sold-out shows, this was their first time back to Argentina in 13 years. The album captures the band during their Black Ice tour, where they performed to over 5 million fans in 108 cities in over 28 countries. After being off the road for 7 years, AC/DC resurfaced in 2008 with Black Ice, and their world tour ended up grossing $513 million. Live at River Plate offers fans the choice of a 2-CD package featuring a 24 page booklet, or for the old school fans, a special 3 LP red vinyl package which comes with an exclusive 24” x 36” poster. For purely digital fans, their new album and entire back catalog are now available on iTunes.

AC/DC is one of those bands that has to be seen to be appreciated, and Live at River Plate brings to life why their concerts are always sold out. The song list includes 19 tunes opening with “Rock ’N’ Roll Train,” and covering everything from “Thunderstruck” to Bon Scott classics such as “Dog Eat Dog,” and “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.” Included from the Black Ice album are the title song, “Big Jack,” and “War Machine,” the song that finally won them a long awaited Grammy award in 2010.

Listening to the roar of the audience especially when the band plays their two encores, “Highway To Hell,” and “For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)”, brings back the excitement of being in the audience. I had the pleasure of seeing the band four times on the Black Ice tour, and each and every time they wore me out. God only knows how they pulled that show off over 100 times in less than two years. Live at River Plate proves that AC/DC is as strong as ever, and are not even close to showing signs of slowing down.
Celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2013, AC/DC is one of the top five highest grossing bands in history, and their classic anthems will have fans rocking out for decades to come. For those of you who were lucky enough to see them on their last tour, you know what I’m talking about. For those of you who missed it, Live at River Plate is as close as you can get …until the next tour.

Susan Masino has been a rock journalist for over thirty years, and has written four books, created and hosted the Madison, Wisconsin  94.1 JJO Local Stage radio show from 1997-2004. She also appears in the Van Halen DVD, The Early Years, and Let There Be Rock-The Movie. Her book, Let There Be Rock-The Story of AC/DC, is now in 10 languages and can be found along with her new book, Family Tradition-Three Generations of Hank Williams at For more information please go to



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