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Old 01-09-2012, 09:46 PM   #1
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Why no live Acrobat?

Apologies if this is the wrong place.
Apologies if this has been asked and answered a thousand times.
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Old 01-10-2012, 05:35 AM   #2
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It has been asked about a thousand times, to all band members. And we've only had vague answers, like

Bono: Well in order for us to play it the Edge has to meditate in a tree for a week

or something like that.

So yeah, I do not have a clue WHY they won't play it. Perhaps they're afraid they can't live up to the expectations now since it's pretty much a legend amongst fans. Then again, they did rehearse it for the Outside Broadcast leg of ZooTv.
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And if U2 EVER did Hawkmoon live....and the version from the Lovetown Tour, my uterus would leave my body and fling itself at Bono - for realz.
Don't worry baby, it's gonna be all right. Uncertainty can be a guiding light...
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Old 01-10-2012, 01:28 PM   #3
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Thank you. That tree meditation quip sounds familiar.
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Old 01-10-2012, 04:11 PM   #4
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It's really frustrating that they can't just admit why they won't play it, and give us some bogus story instead. It's already annoying enough that they don't play their best song ever live.
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Old 01-11-2012, 01:06 PM   #5
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I guess probably because it's not that well known to the general audience like Beautiful Day, for example. The band prefers to play more well known songs instead of Acrobat.
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Old 01-11-2012, 01:44 PM   #6
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They played Your Blue Room and Scarlet this tour, the latter regularly.

And same could be said about ialw.
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well, if they do ever play the fecker live they better give us all a heads up so we can duke it out for the most hotly contested show ever ~ I am reasonably sure that I would sell my kids, my car, unwanted body parts if necessary to get there . . .
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Agreed. I don't care where in the world they're going to play it. I'll be there, and front row if I can help it!
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well, if they do ever play the fecker live they better give us all a heads up so we can duke it out for the most hotly contested show ever ~ I am reasonably sure that I would sell my kids, my car, unwanted body parts if necessary to get there . . .

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I remember seeing U2 in an 'unplugged'-type setting, where they played songs and answered questions. This question came up. The reason given was that it is written in a different time (musically) than any other song they've done. Somewhere else I heard mentioned that they attempted to do this song in rehersals before the AB tour, but could never find a live arrangement they liked.
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Yeah, but they played Breathe live without problem. So that argument doesn't stand anymore.


Dammit boys, just play it!

They did attempt it in rehearsals, Hershey Broadcast tapes are floating around on the internet. They tried to segue it into ZooStation.
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I don't care if I'm as far back from the band as possible, I'll be sure I'm at a show where Acrobat is played (if it is ever to be played that is). I just don't see them playing it. Which will be sad if they never play it, then I'll have that "well, what IF they played Acrobat?" going in my head. I wonder how much of the studio track was recorded all at once.
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The version on the AB outtakes is very nearly identical to the released version. If I recall correctly, it's a full band version as well.
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