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AC/DC greet fans at London premiere of concert film

posted 6 May 2011, 17:15 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 6 May 2011, 17:18 ]

AC/DC were greeted by loud cheers as they arrived at the Hammersmith Apollo in London for the premiere of their new concert movie.

SONY - Fans chanted the band's name when Brian Johnson, Cliff Williams, Angus Young and Malcolm Young stepped out of the people carrier on to the black carpet.

Lead singer Johnson seemed to enjoy the atmosphere.

"I'm quite taken away. I really don't know what to say", the frontman said. "It's fabulous. I love this. It's good to see the fans again after ... the months off we've had, you know."

He added jokingly: "And I can't wait to come and see them again in the business end."

The band only finished their 22-months-long 'Black Ice World Tour' at the end of last year, their first since 2001. It has also become the most successful tour for AC/DC ever.

Johnson, who is known for his energetic singing on stage, says he cannot wait to get back to work and revealed plans for a new album.

"We've had a rest now and I think it's time to get back in the studio and start doing something and have a bit of fun again with the boys."

His bandmate Angus Young added: "We never stop. We keep going you know. After coming off the road you just get back in writing more tunes. And once you get a few good tunes together you go, it's time to get out there again."

There was no mention as to when the new album could be expected. Some of the hundreds of fans who turned out that evening were able to join the band later inside the venue to watch the new DVD.

'Live At River Plate' chronicles AC/DC's concert in Buenos Aires, their first after a thirteen year absence from Argentina. The DVD features performances as well as behind the scenes footage and interviews with the band, crew members and fans.

Inside the venue rock veteran Ozzy Osbourne introduced the band via a video message before the members themselves took to the stage to say thank you to their fans and everyone involved in the production of the film.

Members of Welsh band Stereophonics also attended the screening in West London and frontman Kelly Jones even shared some of his early AC/DC memories.

Jones said the first time he saw the band was in Brian Johnson's home town of Newcastle at the NEC, fondly known in Brian Johnson's home town as the NEC.

"First time I went to watch them was at the NEC, my old man drove me up in the car. But I was collecting all their videos on Betamax and all -- just been a ... (inaudible) forever really."

'Live At The River Plate' will be available on DVD, Blu-Ray and as a limited collector's edition from Monday, May 9.