Paul McCartney Reacts to BTS on ‘The Late Show,’ So Maybe Our Parents Will Finally Care
Worlds collided as Paul McCartney dropped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday, Sept. 23. During the show, the legendary Beatles member sat down with Colbert to discuss his new children’s book, Hey Granddude! But the host briefly turned McCartney’s attention towards BTS — the world’s reigning boy group — who appeared in the late-night show on May 15.
In the Sept. 23 episode, Colbert previewed a clip of BTS’s impromptu cover of “Hey Jude” in the Ed Sullivan Theater, where The Late Show is taped. And of course, McCartney’s reaction to BTS sent ARMY into a whirlwind of emotions.
McCartney reacts to BTS’s cover of “Hey Jude”
When Colbert touched on McCartney’s international success, the host asked the music icon if he knew about BTS. “Yes,” McCartney replied. Colbert also referred to the K-pop idols as “the biggest hit on the planet right now,” to which McCartney answered, “So I’ve heard.”
The Late Show host then showed McCartney a clip of BTS’s previous appearance. “You are the first group, as I’ve said before, to earn three number one albums in less than a year since The Beatles,” Colbert said, speaking with BTS in the old video. “Do you guys have a favorite Beatles song?” Instantly, the Bangtan Boys — including members RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook — burst out into “Hey Jude.”
As the previous clip rolls by in the Sept. 23 episode, The Late Show crew edited McCartney’s reaction in the bottom left corner. And quite frankly, the legend’s reaction was downright precious. He nodded to the song and seemed to give a hint of a smile.
“Woo hoo,” McCartney said, clapping as the clip fades away. “That’s it.” Colbert then asked, “What is it about your music that transcends a geographic and language barrier so that those seven guys just jump up and start the ‘na-na-nas?'”
“Easy lyrics,” McCartney said simply. Hilarious.
ARMY responds to McCartney’s comments on social media
Per usual, members of BTS ARMY were ready to spread their excitement over McCartney’s statements about their boys on The Late Show.
“I just love Colbert so much for this. For having both BTS and McCartney on his show in 2019, asking them about each other,” a fan wrote on Twitter. “THAT is good television, its what people want to see and don’t know they want to see. And so helpful to keep BTS chatter up during this season.”
“Paul McCartney on Colbert reacting and clapping along to BTS singing ‘Hey Jude’ on Colbert is something that I thought I would never see in my lifetime,” another fan tweeted. “2019 keeps on giving.”
Meanwhile, other fans pointed out McCartney’s acknowledgment of BTS’s success is a big deal.
Rolling Stones writer, Riddhi Chakraborty, shared, “This made me super emotional. Things truly come full circle if you look at The Beatles’ career trajectory and now BTS’… what an iconic, heart-warming moment this is to see Sir Paul McCartney talk about them.”
“SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY KNOWS BTS,” a Twitter user wrote. “This is absolutely crazy and a HUGE honor!!”
Will BTS and McCartney ever collab?
For now, it’s difficult to say whether or not BTS and McCartney would ever collaborate in the future. However, at the band’s Wembley press conference on June 2, BTS noted they would be up for a collab with McCartney.
During the conference, both V and RM revealed they want to do something with Coldplay, according to The K-pop Herald. RM then added, “It would be such a great honor to collaborate with Paul McCartney.”
J-Hope also spoke up about BTS’s tribute to the Beatles on The Late Show in May. “I feel immensely honored,” he said. “We had a chance to re-enact (a Beatles concert) for the show, and it was such an honor because the Beatles are artists I really like.”
Nevertheless, the members of BTS have conflicted feelings about all the comparisons to The Beatles. Although RM called it an “honor,” Suga pointed out he hopes BTS has their own identity.
“It’s a bit of a burden to be called The Beatles of the 21st century,” Suga said, per NME. “We are BTS. We want to be the BTS of the 21st century.”
No one can deny it — BTS paved the way. Despite the comparisons, BTS and The Beatles have both made their respective marks on the music industry. That said, the wave of BTS’s popularity today certainly reflects The Beatles back in the day. Of course, McCartney’s reaction to the K-pop kings only draws that point across even further, and it feels — dare we say it — serendipitous.
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