London premiere review
The London world premiere of AC/DC’s ‘Live at River Plate’ took place yesterday at the HMV Apollo in Hammersmith. Hundreds of fans gathered to try and get a glimpse of the band as they arrived in a minibus to attend the event.
Some held their mobile phones high and others were decked out with cameras and other recording devices to get prized pictures for their albums and to send to friends and family.
Fans had descended on the venue from all over the world, many won tickets for the prestigious event, including some fans who were jetted in by the bands own official website which not only included the tickets but also flights and accommodation. For this occasion, no expense was spared.
The film was introduced by another rock God, Ozzie Osborne, who gave a speech and announced the band to the awaiting audience who erupted with rapturous applause and cheering as they emerged from the left side of the stage. All five members of the band were expected to be in attendance, however, Brian Johnson explained that drummer Phil Rudd was unable to be there as a result of his home in New Zealand being hit by a storm.
As the screening commenced the crowd erupted again with cheers, chanting and clapping as if at a real show. The 140-minute screening included footage captured on 32 HD cameras of three shows which were recorded in Buenos Aires, Argentina in December 2009.
During the brief time the band were in London they took time out to be interviewed by the media who were keen to know what the future holds for the band and were treated with the spectacular news that the band were planning to do another album and tour. No firm dates were forthcoming, however, the band’s 40th anniversary is in 2013 and a celebratory tour would be a fitting tribute.