BTS Channel The Beatles' 1964 Ed Sullivan Moment For Colbert Performance
Last night on CBS' The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, history was made... again. Superstar Korean-pop seven-piece BTS appeared on the show dressed in the same threads - and performed on the same stage - as the Beatles did for their historic 1964 appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, ushering in the British Invasion that shaped the 1960s and beyond.
Today, BTS whip up a similar hue of hysteria, a phenomenon Colbert coins "BTS-mania" in the image of the Beatlemania that swept the nation five and a half decades ago. During BTS' appearance on the show, which was shot in classic black-and-white, fans dressed in '60s mod while screaming and holding signs, and Colbert slicked back his hair and did his best Sullivan impression. The K-pop outfit even broke into a verse of "Hey Jude" during the interview and delivered a well-choreographed rendition of their lsingle "Boy With Luv" from their latest album, Map Of The Soul: Persona, which dropped last month.
Kitschy history aside, BTS' arrival in the U.S. has been headline news over the past year, complete with record-breaking sales, streams, and more. They are currently on the North American leg of their Love Yourself: Speak Yourself world tour. Their next stop is Saturday night in East Rutherford, N.J., at the MetLife Stadium.