Following an interview on the show, the seven-piece group joined Stephen Colbert at the iconic Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City on Wednesday night for not only a charming Beatles-inspired sketch but a performance of their latest hit, Boy With Luv.
It earned the boys their third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 in less than a year — making them the first band to do so since The Beatles, who earned that accolade with their 1995-96 Anthology trilogy.
The members of BTS — RM, Jungkook, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, Jin and V — appeared onstage clad in black suits and ties, much like the Twist & Shout rockers did back in ’64.
The boys were introduced as a “new batch of mop-top heartthrobs.” Their performance was filmed in black and white as a throwback to the old variety show, much like Colbert’s impression of the late Ed Sullivan.
A Ringo Starr drum replica even made an appearance. The only difference? The bass drum read “BTS” rather than “The Beatles.”
WATCH: Stephen Colbert introduces ‘BTS-Mania’ at Ed Sullivan Theater
An interview with the band revealed that Hey Jude was collectively their favourite Beatles tune. Singer J-Hope broke out into the song’s beloved chorus before being joined by RM and the rest of his bandmates, the excitable crowd and the Late Show‘s house band.
“If I — and I haven’t auditioned yet — but if I were to join BTS, what would you change about my look or my style?” asked Colbert, 55.
“I think you (could) change your hair,” replied Jin.
“Long?” asked Colbert. “Short? ”
“Pink colour,” said Jin. “And every day… smile.”
The 26-year-old’s suggestion was met with a roar of applause.
BTS is breaking non-stop records on a weekly basis and could potentially surpass numbers that The Beatles achieved throughout their career.
It’s not only the rapidly increasing success of the Seoul-based group that suggests a modern-day Beatlemania is what’s taking place but their dedicated fans — the BTS Army — too.
Here’s what some of their fans had to say:
Following the success of a short North American tour in 2018, BTS is expected to return to Canada in the future. Whether it’s to promote Map of the Soul: Persona or any future albums, however, is currently unclear.