BTS Appear As The Beatles with Stephen Colbert

BTS Appear As The Beatles with Stephen Colbert

The biggest boy-band plays tribute

The biggest boy-band plays tribute

Text: Mayzie Hopkins

Boy bands have the tendency to fluctuate in relevancy and demand. Some years, they're all people can talk about, cry about, and buy merchandise of. In others, they seem like box-cut, capitalist machines run by an older British guy who wears too-small shirts. Obviously, it all began in the 60s with the Beatles and the ensuing Beatlemania. The 90s saw *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, Boyz II Men, Take That and more. (Note that boybands differ from groups, like Oasis, Nirvana etc.) Westlife, The Jonas Brothers, and One Direction shortly followed after, before inevitably fizzling out due to either themselves growing up or their fans. Maybe both. And after the Late Show With Stephen Colbert, it's come full circle with BTS.

Since it's 2019 and music is becoming more and more diverse every day, it makes perfect sense that the next mega boy-band would be a seven-member South Korean one named BTS. They formed in 2013 and have since amassed 17.8 million followers on Instagram and have fans from Charli XCX to Ariana Grande. Just yesterday, CNN reported that fans slept camped out in the rain for days to see their performance in Central Park. Also, their fandom is known as the ARMY. All caps.

In honor of the OGs of boybands, BTS performed their latest single "Boy With Luv". The twist? It's in B&W and they're dressed as The Beatles, recreating the 1964 performance of "Twist & Shout" on the Ed Sullivan Show. This marked the 55th anniversary of the Beatles first US-televised show and paid tribute to the band as BTS marked their third consecutive No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart in just under a year, something not achieved since The Beatles.

The recreation was so accurate that even the drums look the same, but with the BTS letters.

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