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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. 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.

  2. 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. 🤪

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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)

  7. 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 .

  8. …….a bit like Cliff Richard, McCartney has looked remarkable for his age for 20 years, but now he's got that old man's voice which no cosmetic surgery can hold back.

  9. I can't believe McCartney made the same mistake everyone else makes! The Isleys DID NOT WRITE Twist and Shout. They had a hit with it in '62. It was written in '61by two professional songwriters, Phil Medley and Bert Berns and was recorded by a group the Top Notes. Shame on you, Paul.

  10. BTS is possibly the greatest boy band that ever lived and deserve respect for that. But all you fanboy and fangirls gotta relax. Dont even dare to put them alongside the fucking Beatles. Please, get a grip like damn. They not even in the same dimension of musicians.

  11. Sir Paul is a humble genius, like his other brothers, Sir Richard, John and George. Happy #AbbeyRoad50 guys! Don't forget to check the latest video from them. #herecomesthesun

  12. Did you all see the Carpool Karaoke with Paul and James Corden, I think it was last year. If you haven't, look it up. Best thing EVER!

  13. In mid 90's, not many people in Russia speak English, but they all could sing "Hey Jude"
    It's true story, from a backpacker who experienced the moment on the train, he couldn't make any conversation with anybody, coz nobody speaks English but as soon as "hey Jude" was played, they all sang it out loud….. 🤪😆😅

  14. Paul McCartney is truly a humble man. So I'll tell you what Paul was actually thinking watching BTS – "What the bloody hell!"

  15. Stephen: "What was that first tour like, in the United States, in 1964?"
    Paul: "Pretty cool."
    They don't come any more down-low cool than Paul McCartney. Today's pop stars could learn a lot from watching him.

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