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Old 03-06-2009, 12:32 PM   #1
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Letterman's audience - filled with paid "fans"?

This is just a suspicion on my part. But after watching the Beautiful Day performance I find it hard to believe that every single person in Letterman's audience would be on their feet and clapping (and instantly rise up when Bono tells them to). Of course, U2 has a vested interest in this week-long stint appearing successful. I wonder if they would stoop to filling the audience with paid shills ala Michael Jackson? Something seems fishy to me.
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Old 03-06-2009, 12:34 PM   #2
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Nah U2 are just that good .

Trust me if they need to pay audience members they should do it when acts like Lil Wayne or Fall Out Boy are on. You get mediocre applause at best. U2 just go the extra mile to really turn a performance into something more.
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there's already an existing Letterman thread.
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UH, I don't thinks so, as far a Bono telling the people to stand, he always does that. This week though I don't think that Letterman had to pay people, you couldn't get in to those shows at all.
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i was there on tuesday. no fans were paid. in fact we were told to sit down by lettermans people during the performance. so actually, if you tried to be more wrong, you couldnt!
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Actually, the producers coach the audience beforehand how to react at these kinds of shows. They usually cue the audience on when to applause and when to applause even louder. It's not exactly fakery, but the audience does need encouragement sometimes, because not everyone there is a fan of the band but perhaps a fan of a guest or just the show in general. I've been in the audience of a few talk shows and late night shows myself and that's always been the norm for me.
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there's already an existing Letterman thread.
I think this one can be a separate topic.
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Well, it's good to see you're on the case. Let us know what you find out.
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Actually, the producers coach the audience beforehand how to react at these kinds of shows. They usually cue the audience on when to applause and when to applause even louder. It's not exactly fakery, but the audience does need encouragement sometimes, because not everyone there is a fan of the band but perhaps a fan of a guest or just the show in general. I've been in the audience of a few talk shows and late night shows myself and that's always been the norm for me.
they told us that dave is funny no matter what, be enthusiastic for dave, etc. etc. but had no mention of how to act during U2's performance and they made fans sit down for it. at least on Tuesday. i know i complained when i was leaving, as did some other fans, and i wouldnt be surprised if U2 complained too given that Bono was instructing the crowd to stand up at multiple points this week.
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there's no way.. .. .. "Beautiful Day" I think won song of the year didnt it? It's a universally loved anthem, everywhere I go in the world people know it by heart.
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they told us that dave is funny no matter what, be enthusiastic for dave, etc. etc. but had no mention of how to act during U2's performance and they made fans sit down for it. at least on Tuesday. i know i complained when i was leaving, as did some other fans, and i wouldnt be surprised if U2 complained too given that Bono was instructing the crowd to stand up at multiple points this week.
who cares about that, how much did they pay you???!!
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they told us that dave is funny no matter what, be enthusiastic for dave, etc. etc. but had no mention of how to act during U2's performance and they made fans sit down for it. at least on Tuesday. i know i complained when i was leaving, as did some other fans, and i wouldnt be surprised if U2 complained too given that Bono was instructing the crowd to stand up at multiple points this week.
I'm talking about how these talk shows operate in general terms. In any case, the producers instruct the audience to do things as a whole, among them is to stay seated. Perhaps the applause was sufficient and the audience you were in may have been too rowdy. They don't want people going crazy and rushing the stage, I suppose.
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who cares about that, how much did they pay you???!!
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Anybody who thinks the fans were coached for what they normally do at concerts needs to get some evidence otherwise they look cynical.
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Come on people, this is the hottest show in town right now, there are tones of U2 fans out on the streets trying for Letterman, no matter what U2 play's I guarantee you the audience will go crazy as it's full of die-hard fans. U2 was all over the city earlier this week doing promotions, this is U2 week in NYC and everyone knows it!!!!
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I'd like to think that if you're getting to see the worlds biggest band in a small setting like the Ed Sullivan theater you'd be SOMEWHAT excited.
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i was there thursday and unfortunately i didnt get paycheck

the letterman people hype you up before and during the show and tell you to laugh and clap as much as possible. their house band plays songs during every commercial break and you are supposed to clap to the beat, and they have a couple stage hands leading the way. thus, by the time U2 gets on stage everybody is already conditioned to clap through entire songs, and of course everyone stands up when Bono tells you to.

so no u2 didnt pay anybody to be in the audience, its the letterman people who hype you up to be as excited and as enthusiastic as possible through the entire show.
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I'd like to think that if you're getting to see the worlds biggest band in a small setting like the Ed Sullivan theater you'd be SOMEWHAT excited.
especialy after having to sit through the rest of the show
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U2 payed me NOT to go.
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