Paul McCartney Reacts to BTS Singing “Hey Jude”


OH, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, YOU
ARE HERE FOR A VERY SPECIAL NIGHT. VERY SPECIAL NIGHT HERE IN THE
ED SULLIVAN THEATER. I JUST CANNOT WAIT, JON. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
HERE WE GO. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, YOU KNOW
MY FIRST GUEST TONIGHT BECAUSE HE’S PAUL McCARTNEY! ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
( BAND PLAYING ) ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
( BAND PLAYING ) ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )>>Stephen: PAUL, WE’VE GOT TO
TAKE A COMMERCIAL BREAK. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK. ( LAUGHTER )
WELCOME BACK TO THE ED SULLIVAN THEATER.>>THANK YOU! GREAT TO BE BACK. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: I MEAN, THE FIRST QUESTION, OBVIOUSLY, IS WHERE
DID YOU GUYS PERFORM THE FIRST TIME YOU WERE HERE? WAS IT UP THERE? I ALWAYS GUESSED IT WAS RIGHT UP
THERE, RIGHT ABOVE THE PRECENIUM.>>I DON’T KNOW.>>Stephen: IF YOU DON’T KNOW,
WHWHO KNOWS.>>IT’S CHANGED SO MUCH.>>Stephen: IS THAT WHAT IT
LOOKED LIKE BACK THEN?>>KIND OF THE SAME. IT WAS SIMILAR. OH, MAN, IT’S SO LONG AGO, AND
WE WERE SO NERVOUS.>>Stephen: WERE YOU REALLY? YEAH. IT DOESN’T SHOW TOO MUCH. WHEN I LOOK AT IT NOW, I THINK
WE DON’T LOOK NERVOUS AT ALL.>>Stephen: YOU LOOK PRETTY
HAPPY.>>YEAH, BUT WE WERE NERVOUS.>>Stephen: AS A PERSONAL
QUESTION, AS A PROFESSIONAL, ON BEHALF OF ANYBODY WHO’S TRIED TO
WRITE ANYTHING, WHO HOWE DO YOU DO IT? HOW DO YOU EVER GO LOOK BACK AT
YOUR OWN CATALOG AND SAY HOW DO I DO THAT?>>THAT’S TRUE, BECAUSE WHEN I
DO THEM IN THE SHOWS, I’M SINGING, LIKE, ELEANOR RIGBY OR
SOMETHING, I’M THINKING, WHOEVER WROTE THIS WAS PRETTY GOOD. ( LAUGHTER )
YOU KNOW, IT’S –>>Stephen: SURE, SURE. YEAH. BUT WHERE DO YOU THINK IT COMES
FROM? PEOPLE TALK ABOUT A MUSE OR
SOMEONE WHO IS SORT OF TOUCHED BY GRACE. WHY DO SOME PEOPLE BECOME PAUL
McCARTNEY AND OTHER PEOPLE BECOME STEPHEN COLBERT? ( LAUGHTER )
>>SERIOUSLY?>>Stephen: SERIOUSLY. YOU KNOW WHAT? MY DAD WAS VERY MUSICAL, AND I
USED TO LISTEN TO A LOT OF WHAT HE DID, SO A LOT OF MUSIC WENT
IN, YOU KNOW, I LISTENED TO THE RECORDS AND WATCHED FILMS AND
STUFF. SO I ALWAYS THINK OF IT LIKE MY
COMPUTER GOT LOADED WITH A LOT OF DATA FROM ALL THE SONGS I
HEARD, ALL THE OLD SONGS. SO WHEN I FINALLY CAME TO WRITE,
I KIND OF PRINTED IT ALL OUT. SO I THINK THERE WAS A LOT OF
INFORMATION IN MY BRAIN –>>Stephen: SO YOU HAD A LOT
OF REFERENCE.>>A LOT OF STUFF, YEAH. AND MY FAMILY WAS VERY MUSICAL. WE WOULD HAVE MUSICAL EVENINGS,
ALL THE OLD LADIES, ALL THE OLD AUNTIES WOULD BE SINGING ALL THE
SONGS AND GETTING GRADUALLY MORE AND MORE DRUNK. ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: IT’S A GOOD CROWD, ACTUALLY. ( LAUGHTER )
>>MY DAD WAS THE PIANIST FOR THAT. SO, YOU KNOW, IT WAS ALL THE OLD
SONGS. AND THEN, EVENTUALLY, HE GOT
ARTHRITIS, SO I BECAME THE PIANIST FOR THAT.>>Stephen: OKAY. O, YOU KNOW — ( SINGING )
>>SO I KNOW ALL THAT STUFF. AND WHEN I FINALLY CAME TO
WRITE, I THINK I HAD A LOT OF CLUES AS TO HOW TO WRITE. PLUS I’M A GENIUS. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
( PIANO RIFF )>>Stephen: THAT’S CALLED
BURYING THE LEAD. SO YOU’RE RECOMMENDING TO YOUNG
PEOPLE, JUST BE A GENIUS.>>WELL, YEAH, WHY NOT.>>Stephen: WHAT WAS THE FIRST
TOUR LIKE IN THE UNITED STATES IN 1964?>>PRETTY COOL.>>Stephen: YEAH? IT WAS, IT WAS MAGICAL
BECAUSE WE LOVED AMERICAN MUSIC, STILL DO. EVERYTHING WE WERE SINGING,
EXCEPT THE STUFF WE WROTE OURSELVES, WAS AMERICAN. SO TO COME TO AMERICA FOR THE
FIRST TIME, COME TO NEW YORK AS KIDS WHO KIND OF MADE IT OVER IN
ENGLAND, SO WE WERE COCKY LITTLE GITS, SO WE FELT LIKE, HEY, THIS
IS COOL, GET THE CIGARETTES OUT. SO IT WAS MAGICAL. IT WAS LIKE EVERYTHING WE
EXPECTED AND MORE. AND WE WERE ON THE RADIO.>>Stephen: THAT’S BIG TIME. TUNING IN, YEAH, TUNING IN TO
LITTLE STATIONS AND WE WOULD BE ON THE RADIO, WE WERE SO
EXCITED.>>Stephen: YOU DID A LOT OF
COVERS. WHO WAS YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST TO
COVER? WHAT COVER DID YOU MOST ENJOY
DOING?>>I THINK “TWIST AND SHOUT” WAS
A GREAT COVER.>>Stephen: PEOPLE FORGET THAT
WAS A COVER.>>YEAH. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
PEOPLE THINK WE WROTE THAT.>>Stephen: RIGHT. WE HAVE TO SAY, NO, NO, THAT
WAS THE EISLEY BROTHERS. I USED TO LIKE DOING
“KANSAS CITY,” LI LITTLE RICHARD>>Stephen: A LOT OF PEOPLE
HAVE COVERED YOUR MUSIC AS WELL. I THINK YESTERDAY IS THE MOST
COVERED SONG OR ALL TIME OR THE MOST RECORDED SONG OF ALL TIME
BY VARIOUS ARTISTS. DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE COVER OF
A BEATLES SONG? AND KEEP IN MIND THERE’S A
CORRECT ANSWER. ( LAUGHTER )
>>YEAH, I HEARD IT WAS RECORDED 3,000 TIMES OR SOMETHING.>>Stephen: YESTERDAY, YEAH. O I SAID TO ONE OF OUR GUYS,
I SAID, WELL, GET ME THE TOP TEN, JUST WHAT YOU THINK ARE THE
BEST TEN. SO HE DID, AND IT WAS LIKE
SINATRA, ELVIS, RAY CHARLES, MARVIN GAYE — I THINK I LIKE
MARVIN’S BEST.>>Stephen: UH-HUH. BUT THE FUNNY THING ABOUT
SINATRA, MARVIN AND ELVIS, THEY CHANGED THE WORDS IN THE MIDDLE. I GO — I SAID SOMETHING WRONG,
NOW I LONG FOR YESTERDAY — WELL, ALL OF THEM SAID, I MUST
HAVE SAID SOMETHING WRONG — BUT THEY’RE NOT OWNING UP. I MUST HAVE — I DON’T KNOW. ( LAUGHTER )
( APPLAUSE ) SEARCH ME.>>Stephen: THAT’S LIKE THOSE
APOLOGIES THAT ARE LIKE, IF ANYONE WAS OFFENDED. ( LAUGHTER )
>>I MUST HAVE DONE SOMETHING WRONG.>>Stephen: THE CORRECT ANSWER
IS STEVIE WONDER’S “WE CAN WORK IT OUT.” WE CHECKED WITH THE JUDGES, AND
THAT’S THE ORIGINAL ONE. NOW, ARE YOU EVER STUNNED BY THE
REACH OF YOUR WORK, HOW MANY DIFFERENT CULTURES HAVE EMBRACED
IT? BECAUSE WE HAD ON — DO YOU KNOW
THE KOREAN POP BAND B.T.S.>>YEAH.>>Stephen: THEY’RE THE
BIGGEST THING ON THE PLANET RIGHT NOW.>>SO I’VE HEARD.>>Stephen: WHEN WE HAD THEM
ON, I ASKED THIS QUESTION — JIM?>>Stephen: YOU ARE THE FIRST
GROUP AS I SAID BEFORE TO EARN THREE NUMBER ONE ALBUMS IN A ROW
SINCE THE BEATLES. DO YOU GUYS HAVE A FAVORITE
BEATLES SONG?>>StephenSONG? —
♪ NAH, NAH, NAH, NAH-NAH-NAH-NAH ♪
♪ NAH-NAH-NAH-NAH ♪ ♪ HEY JUDE ♪
( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>THAT’S IT.>>Stephen: WHAT DO YOU THINK
IT IS ABOUT YOUR MUSIC THAT TRANSCENDS GEOGRAPHIC AND
LANGUAGE BARRIERS SO THAT THOSE SEVEN GUYS WOULD JUST JUMP UP
AND START THE NAH-NAH-NAHS?>>EASY LYRICS.>>Stephen: THAT’S TRUE. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) WELL, WE HAVE TO TAKE A LITTLE
BREAK BUT DON’T GO ANYWHERE…

100 thoughts on “Paul McCartney Reacts to BTS Singing “Hey Jude”

  1. He might have said it as a joke, but there's no doubt about it. He's a fucking genius

  2. I love love this man and The Beatles. I so happen to coincidentally be in Liverpool and visiting all of the original Beatles sites. So awesome. Does anyone know if Paul is doing any gigs any time soon?

  3. For my money, Earth Wind & Fire's cover of Gotta Get You Into My Life is the best cover of a Beatles song.

  4. You could easily tell Paul was hit with nostalgia once BTS started singing. Maybe even sad : (

  5. Love, love that the band played "Getting Closer" when Sir Paul came out! Someone's a true connoisseur!

  6. Always the same questions… and the same answers of course… come on Stephen Colbert

  7. As a person who grew up listening to The Beatles, and as a person whose favorite group as an adult is BTS, this video really made me emotional. The Beatles and BTS – my past, my present, and my future

  8. I am still not sure that Americans can appreciate what a small, slightly backward, slightly faded country The Beatles were essentially escaping from in 1964. I'm not describing it as third world or anything, but the glory days were kind of behind us. And American music was an exotic import, understood at the level of swing jazz, but possibly not much more. I still marvel at their success outside of Liverpool, in a notoriously class-conscious culture, let alone outside of England.

  9. "So what do you think about this talentless manufactured boyband cult singing your song offkey"

  10. Time is so very cruel !… Oh my God ! What a pity when you was one of the Beatles ! Whatever thank you Sir McCartney. Good retirement old man

  11. I wonder now how long we will be talking about Paul McCartney and remember him? Will people arguing him and talking about him like we do Beethoven now? I mean keep in mind Beethoven has been dead for 192 years now and musicians are still learning and studying his music today. Can we say the same for Paul McCartney in 192 years from now?

  12. At least Paul admits he's a genius and boy has he had some work done on his face…but he does looks great.

  13. I'm not a BTS fan. They just dance and sing about problems in Korea while the Beatles weren't considered a boyband and were true rock legends, but I totally agree on music breaking down language barriers. There's this Japanese band RADWIMPS and if you haven't heard of it check it out right now its dope

  14. When you see him don't video the songs. You already know all those. Video what he says in between. He tells amazing stories. That's what we did. His stories are priceless.

  15. In 1969 I was on R&R in Changmai, Thailand. My buddy and I were walking around and came upon two young Thai girls (teens) as they were singing Hey Jude with sheet music. My friend and I sit with them and sang along. They were really ecstatic that we did that. I will never forget that moment in my life.

  16. Paul McCartney is one of the few human being who can say "Plus, I'm a genius" and not causing people to attack him for being a cocky bastard.

  17. This crap where Paul McCartney just gets his ass kissed is silly. Interviews like this are a waste of time.

  18. Well I'll just tell you right now I wouldn't mind at all if they did a major major infusion of a vegetable based meat products into our meat diets wouldn't mind it one bit

  19. Yeah I know liberals you always congratulate one another of course you're going to do that s***why do you always act like it's such a surprise

  20. Love Sir Paul McCartney and HUGE BTS fan. Beatles in my youth and BTS in my golden years.. LOL

  21. you give liberals an inch they always take a mile and they're never satisfied and they grow only more discontented the more they get their own way this is a historical pattern that you cannot get around and what's so funny to is they always act like they're just targeting one person, one issue at a time, again it's always about being selective. It's only in the last 20-plus years that you've become all bold so to say in spite of yourselves

  22. The opening music Getting closer to the heart…. From Back to the Egg Album.. Hardly ever heard album.. Very under rated.. Listen to it and enjoy….

  23. "Plus, I'm a genius." One of the few guys who could get away with saying that and get a laugh at the same time.

  24. You can't expect this guy to remember what the Ed Sullivan Theater was like in 1964, remember that Paul McCartney died in November 1966.

  25. Paul McCartney, ma man. How can a man so old still be so young? Paul McCartney is going to live forever

  26. Stephen, you see … you are wrong about the best cover of a Beatles song. Of course Stevie Wonder’s We can work it out is brilliant, as he always is, but it is not up to the standard set by Joe Cocker’s With a little help from my friends… not sure those judges were being fair. 🤪

  27. He's a fuckig has been living off John Lennon! He never ever gets this applause in 🇬🇧 UK

  28. Idk why but I'd like to ask him if he has any more specific future goals in life. Would be interesting to hear… he'd probably say something inspirational as usual.

  29. Paul is the only man in his 70's that I know that gives answers like a 5 year old.

    Stephen: How was the tour like in 1964
    Paul: Cool

  30. The opening to "Band on the Run" still gives me the willies. How lucky are we to be alive to hear this magic.

  31. El artista vivo mas importante del mundo. Gracias Paul, eres lo maximo junto con John, George y Ringo.

  32. I refuse to believe this has 566 dislikes. Paul & The Beatles made this studio as famous as it is.

  33. I love Paul. I love em all. The Beatles legacy is so ingrained it just lives inside of those infected. Like another vital organ.

  34. Listen to music..that sums it up..everyone should hear as much music as they can when they are young…it inspires

  35. I used to like this guy, but it seems that success has gone to his head and pocket. What a shame.

  36. That must be so strange for Paul to see a group like BTS which play zero instruments and are manufactured by the music industry. Its the exact opposite of the Beatles – an organic group writing their own songs and playing their own instruments.

  37. after this whole society thing turns into mad max hey jude will live on as a folk song (a concept originally portrayed by steven king)

  38. There re very few people who can walk out and make such a wonderful impression without speaking. PM as always, relaxed in his own skin, understated and completely without affectation .

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