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Pearl Jam Announces New Album 'Lightning Bolt'

Pearl Jam, 2013.
(photo: Danny Clinch)

'Lightning' strikes Oct. 15. Hear lead single 'Mind Your Manners' now.

Pearl Jam today revealed that its long-awaited new album is called "Lightning Bolt" and that it will arrive on October 15 in the U.S. (October 14 internationally). The band also announced and released lead single "Mind Your Manners," which is available for download on PearlJam.com today (July 11) and is now playing on the radio.

Above: Listen to "Mind Your Manners"

The Brendan O'Brien produced "Lightning Bolt," for which a full tracklist has not yet been divulged, can be pre-ordered on PearlJam.com and iTunes beginning today. News of the album came as a second countdown clock on the band's site hit zero hour today, and follows an extensive North American fall tour announcement earlier this week. PJ had been working on "Lightning Bolt," its 10th studio effort, off and on since 2011. In May, guitarist Stone Gossard told Billboard the album was "sounding great. I think people are going to be excited about it." It is the band's first album since 2009's "Backspacer," a No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Pearl Jam Sets Fall 2013 North American Tour

Kicking off the slate of new music, "Mind Your Manners" is a hard, fast rocker in the vein of Pearl Jam's "Spin the Black Circle" (1994) and "Comatose" (2006). On "Manners," Eddie Vedder's muscular vocals lead a guitar-drum-bass workout. An instrumental portion of the song, which was also teased uncredited in the band's tour announcement video earlier this week, plays throughout an official album announcement clip posted to YouTube today that shows the band in the studio.

As previously reported, the Seattle group's North American arena tour in support of "Lightning Bolt" runs from October 11 through December 6.

Before the new album arrives, Pearl Jam will play at Chicago's Wrigley Field on July 19 after a smaller show at London, Ontario's Budweiser Gardens on July 19. The two concerts, both billed as "An Evening with Pearl Jam" sans opening acts, are completely sold out.