Patti Smith visited set during filming

Actor Johnny Depp guest stars in a brand new video for Paul McCartney’s ‘Early Days’ – click below to watch.

The clip sees McCartney playing acoustic guitar alone, but gradually he’s surrounded by a group of blues guitarists – including Depp. Patti Smith was present at the recording (pictured below), but does not appear on camera.

Director Vincent Haycock conceived the film as an homage to the beginnings of John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s relationship, with scenes inspired by his conversations with McCartney.

Haycock said: “Their story at its core is a universal one, two young kids who bond over their passion for music and form a band and friendship. 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. 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.”

Filmed over the course of a month in LA, Natchez, Mississippi and Faraday, Louisiana, the video was recorded in local churches, schools and record stores and includes local characters found by open casting.

Haycock described filming McCartney’s scene as “one of my favourite days of filming ever”. He said: “Paul’s scene was incredibly fun to create. It was just him, some blues players and Johnny Depp jamming on set all day. Patti Smith also turned up on set and hung out, which made the crew very happy!”

‘Early Days’ is taken from McCartney’s 16th solo album, ‘New’, which was released in 2013. Paul McCartney resumed his Out There tour over the weekend, after taking off almost two months following a virus. The former Beatle played Times Union Centre in Albany, New York on July 5, telling the crowd “It’s great to be back,” and opening his three-hour long set with ‘Eight Days A Week’. In May, McCartney was taken ill and hospitalised in Tokyo, Japan. He subsequently postponed a series of shows in Lubbock, Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Nashville and Louisville on his ‘Out There’ tour, which have now been rearranged for October.