July 25th, 2007

Bono Spirit

Acrobat: An Essay.

Okay, so I've been meaning to write all this out since the Vertigo tour ended... over seven months ago. They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Maybe finally writing this will be my saving grace.

So once again, another tour has passed without Acrobat being played. Is anyone really surprised? To be honest, I actually decided to write this little theory up before the tour ended. Before the last leg of it even began, to be honest. Because I didn't expect Acrobat to be played, despite hearing reports of fans requesting it when meeting the band as those last dates of the tour drew near.
Of course, with Acrobat being the essential "holy grail" of U2 songs, there have been a number of theories for why it hasn't been played, and they all seem to revolve around the technical difficulty of the song (especially the time-signature), but my theory doesn't really address any of that (although I'm sure that has contributed to it not being played, considering the one time it was rehearsed, way back in 1992, it was played acoustically). I'm not going to discuss time-signatures or cymbal crashes or guitar solos. I'm instead going to get into the heart of the song.

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So there you have it. It took me THIS LONG to get around to writing it. But once I got started, it only took about a half hour to write the majority of it =P
  • Current Music
    Acrobat - U2