Paul McCartney released a new video July 7 for his song “Early Days,” a track from his most recent album, “NEW.” The track, released a day after the 57th anniversary of his meeting John Lennon, is a song about his Beatles past. It would have seemed natural for the video to have a couple of Lennon and McCartney lookalikes with several direct references in it to their partnership. But that's not the case at all. Instead, director Vincent Haycock developed a universal storyline about all aspiring musicians, not only the Beatles.
“This video is about them, and every band, and every kid who has suffered the ups and downs of starting a band, whether or not they became successful,” he said. “The universality of their story was a big inspiration of setting the film in Mississippi during the '50s. This is a time period that inspired The Beatles – American Rock and Roll and the Mississippi Delta Blues of the 50s. 'Early Days' is about the spirit and inspiration young musicians find in each other.”
The video also includes another appearance in a McCartney video by actor Johnny Depp. "I happened to ring Johnny Depp. I said, 'Come along and we'll sit around and jam with these blues guys.' He said, 'Yeah, OK, count me in, man.' I knew it was an offer he couldn't refuse," McCartney told Rolling Stone. It makes Depp's third McCartney video. He was also in “Queenie Eye” and “My Valentine.”
The song got instant attention on social media. According to a spokesman for McCartney's record company, the track shot up to No. 2 on the Twitter Trending 140 chart shortly after it was released Monday morning, then hit No. 1 momentarily, but was replace by the new Alt-J track “Left Hand Free.”