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Pearl Jam comes out swinging on Conan O'Brien

June 2, 2009 | 11:23 am

Pearl Jam had a grand coming-out party Monday night, performing a cut from its forthcoming fall album, tentatively titled "Backspacer," on Conan O'Brien's debut as host of "The Tonight Show." O'Brien's official site tells us the song is called "Get Some,"and it packs a punch.

The band has reason to come out swinging -- this is the first time in nearly 20 years that it's without a record label. It was confirmed Monday  via Billboard that Pearl Jam will be working with Target, but manager Kelly Curtis has promised media outlets that   that's not the full story, as the album will still be available at Pearl Jam's site and from independent retailers. 

In the meantime, we have a new song.

It's in and out in about three minutes, and thanks go to the NBC site for identifying the title, as much of Vedder's other hastily scratched vocals are hard to discern. Jeff Ament's bass provides the core, and Mike McCready and Stone Gossard streak and scorch around the verses before a tension-releasing chorus.

"Launching a show like this takes a lot of hard work, and one of the things that has sustained me over the past three months was knowing that at the end of our first show I'd get to watch a performance by one of the greatest rock bands in the world," O'Brien said to introduce the '90s-rock survivalists.

It sounds like the start of one of the more visible marketing campaigns of Pearl Jam's career, as heading out on its own has not only led the band to Target, but has also seen the group recording a commercial for the retail giant.

Video after the jump.

-- Todd Martens

Photo: Getty Images / NBC