The album was recorded live at the Pavillon de Paris in Paris, France on 9 December 1979, during the Highway To Hell World Tour. A motion picture of this concert, entitled AC/DC: Let There Be Rock, was released theatrically and on videotape in 1980 (see 1980 in music). However, the movie does not contain the performance of "T.N.T." included on this album, while the album does not contain the band interviews found on the film.
One highlight is lead guitarist Angus Young breaking a string while soloing during Whole Lotta Rosie, and a roadie strapping on Angus' replacement guitar while Angus plays on.
Though this album shares a name with AC/DC's fourth studio album, Let There Be Rock, it also includes live versions of songs from High Voltage (Australian), T.N.T., Powerage, and Highway to Hell. The cover used on "Disc Three" of the Bonfire box set featured similar cover art to that used on the international and current Australian editions of the Let There Be Rock album, and on the movie poster and videotape package of AC/DC: Let There Be Rock.