It’s a busy night in London. Katatonia headlining the Koko, performing Last Fair Deal Gone Down in its entirety and filming for a new DVD. Marty Friedman is at the Camden Underworld, widdling away and giving the guitar geeks all the musical porn they need to fretwank to. New York bruisers Emmure are headlining the Relentless Garage, providing the perfect downtuned soundtrack for some brutal pit action and dance moves people choose to forget when they wake up. DETAG.
Six things we learned at the AC/DC DVD premiere in London:
1) It’s not everyday you get an invite to the world premiere of the new live DVD from the world’s biggest classic rock band. Live At The River Plate documents AC/DC’s return to Argentina after 13 years to a crowd of almost 200,000 fans over three sold out nights. Fair enough, AC/DC already have over 10 official live videos available, but we think you should buy this one because the others don’t have songs like ‘Big Jack’ and ‘War Machine’ off the latest Black Ice record.
2) Outside the Apollo, it felt like the premiere of a Harry Potter movie. There was a black carpet instead of a red carpet. That was nice. Inside, the event started with a foreword video from Ozzy Osbourne and then an introduction from the band themselves who then came to sit and watch the DVD two rows in front of us. Imagine throwing popcorn at Angus Young? We would never dare… but we could have.
3) It really felt weird to be in a cinema that had been converted into a venue but turned back into a cinema for people to sit and watch other people watching a band who were also in the same room watching themselves. Total headfuck.
4) What made matters even more confusing was the free tequila and Kelly Jones from Stereophonics walking around pretending to be everyone’s best mate. WTF? Do you wanna be mates with Kelly Jones? Having him around would make you feel really tall.
5) This DVD was shot entirely in HD with 32 cameras capturing all the stage and crowd action and comes brimming with bonus features and behind the scenes footage. We really think you should buy it because South American fans are proper mental and AC/DC are proper great. If Danny Dyer wrote this he’d say it was “Pwopa Nawtey”.
6) It all started out as a civilized affair but within an hour the afterparty was full of London’s industry, press and blagger elite – all stumbling around with half pints of Tequila topped with tonic water. Which is surprisingly tasty. Don’t believe us? Try it before you knock it. We didn’t stay til the end but apparently loads of people got naked and had an orgy singing along to ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’. No, we don’t believe it either.
AC/DC Live At River Plate track listing:
1 Rock N Roll Train
2 Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be
3 Back In Black
4 Big Jack
5 Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
6 Shot Down In Flames
8 Black Ice
9 The Jack
10 Hells Bells
11 Shoot To Thrill
12 War Machine
13 Dog Eat Dog
14 You Shook Me All Night Long
16 Whole Lotta Rosie
17 Let There Be Rock
18 Highway To Hell
19 For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)