Pearl Jam fans can look forward to big things from the band in 2018. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have unveiled a new single “Can't Deny Me,” which is the lead single from an as-yet-untitled studio album, slated to drop sometime in 2018 via Monkeywrench/Republic.
The Seattle grunge band debuted “Can't Deny Me” on March 12 via their official Pearl Jam website after making the track available as a surprise fan club exclusive download on Saturday. The song was co-written by frontman Eddie Vedder and guitarist Mike McCready with cover artwork supplied by bassist Jeff Ament in collaboration with videographer Kevin Shuss.
The upcoming release will be Pearl Jam's 11th studio album and their highly anticipated follow up to 2013's Lightning Bolt. Longtime collaborator Brendan O'Brien will once again produce the new effort.
In the 2:48 minute clip, drummer Matt Cameron provides a scathing intro as protesters are shown holding signs in silhouette. McCready climbs aboard with a raunchy four-chord rhythm structure as Vedder delivers the first verse, singing, “And now you want me to breathe/And be so grateful/Ah for the air that I need/Don't make me pitiful.”
The release of “Can't Deny Me” comes in conjunction with the launch of Pearl Jam's 2018 tour of South America, which launches on March 13 in Santiago, Chile, at Movistar Arena. The single is available to order in digital format here and fans can check out the video clip above.
Vedder and company will kick off a summer tour of Europe on June 12 in Amsterdam at Ziggo Dome, which includes a two-night stand June 18 – June 19 at London's O2 Arena. The “Last Kiss” hitmakers will then return home to the U.S. for a run of ballpark dates, starting with a two-night stand between Aug. 8 – Aug. 10 at Seattle's Safeco Field.