The forthcoming album would be the band's first studio album in five years.
The Pearl Jam machine is officially fired up again.
Over the weekend, the grunge gods dropped their new tune “Can’t Deny Me,” initially as a fan club exclusive. Now in a wider release, the band has confirmed that the song, which finds Eddie Vedder seething over deep grooves and a revved-up blues-rock riff, is the first single off a forthcoming Pearl Jam album.
Details are slim (read: nonexistent) at this point and it’s unclear when said album will see the light of day. But the fact that the Seattle juggernauts are back in the studio is a welcome sign for fans eagerly awaiting a follow-up to 2013’s “Lightning Bolt.”
The track, which you can stream below, was recorded last month in Seattle with longtime Pearl Jam collaborator Brendan O’Brien.
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Last fall the band released the live album “Let’s Play Two” preceding a concert flick of the same name filmed during two Wrigley Field shows in 2016. In case you’ve been asleep in the dugout, the boys are set to play two “Home Shows” at Safeco Field this summer, a double entendre alluding to their goal of raising $1 million to fight homelessness in the Seattle area.
Last week the Recording Academy announced that it was honoring Pearl Jam guitarist and foster kid jam buddy Mike McCready for his work with addiction recovery programs. The industry group behind the Grammys will give McCready its Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at an all-star Seattle concert featuring a handful of rock ‘n’ roll heavyweights. Tickets ain’t cheap, but the money goes toward the academy’s MusiCares Foundation, which provides financial assistance and health and human services for musicians in need.