Pearl Jam's new single, "The Fixer," made an abbreviated debut last night (July 14) during Fox's broadcast of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The track officially goes to U.S. radio and digital retailers on Monday.
As previously reported, Target will be the exclusive big-box retailer in the United States for Pearl Jam's self-released ninth album, "Backspacer," due Sept. 20.
The clip for "The Fixer" was only a few seconds long, but it was long enough to discern catchy "yeah yeah yeah" shout-outs in its chorus and frontman Eddie Vedder imploring that when "something's gone, I want to fight to get it back again."
Yesterday, Pearl Jam's official Web site, began taking pre-orders for CD and vinyl versions of "Backspacer" as well as a 7-inch single for "The Fixer" backed with "Supersonic."
The order page confirms the 11-track contents of "Backspacer," which features three songs recently premiered during Vedder's U.S. solo tour: "Unthought Known," "Speed of Sound" and "The End." The band debuted "Got Some," another "Backspacer" track, on June 1 on "The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien."
As previously reported, Pearl Jam will return to the road Aug. 8 in Calgary, Alberta, and has dates on tap through Oct. 30 in Philadelphia. Reportedly added to the itinerary is a rare small venue show on Aug. 11 at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire. U.K. retailer HMV is currently advertising a ticket presale offer which fans can enter by preordering "Backspacer" via the HMV Web site.
Here is the track list for "Backspacer":
"Gonna See My Friend"
"Amongst the Waves"
"Speed of Sound"
"Force of Nature"