SALT LAKE CITY — They’re arguably the biggest K-pop band in the world, and last night, they paid tribute to one of the most famous rock bands in the world: the Beatles.
On a segment of “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert, BTS took on the mop-topped, suited look of the Beatles from their U.S. debut on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964.
The band was introduced by Colbert (in black and white), who talked about “BTSmania” with Ed Sullivan flair. They later performed their hit single “Boy With Luv” in front of a BTS drum set.
“You can call them the ‘Fab Seven,’” Colbert said. “Has a nice ring to it.”
Watch BTS perform below.
The appearance was a fitting tribute to the Beatles and also to BTS’ success. The band recently collected its third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart in under 11 months with their album “Persona.”
According to Billboard, the last traditional group to snatch three No. 1 albums in a similar time span was the Beatles.
BTS performed a shortened, acapella version of “Hey, Jude” on the show in tribute.
The performance has been getting a lot of love on social media, with many celebrating the fact that an Asian band is getting similar recognition as the Beatles.
“Do you know what a significant moment in global pop culture this is, for an Asian band to be compared directly to The Beatles themselves? To be hailed as ‘history repeating itself’ and the modern parallel to the most legendary group in pop music? Proud of you,” Riddhi Chakraborty tweeted.
RM, a BTS band member and the spokesperson for the group, told Good Morning America Wednesday morning, “We’re all fanboys of the Beatles, of course. Who isn’t?
“We just feel so honored to be with the greatest names in music.”
Watch the Beatles Ed Sullivan performance below: