1998, February 3
Pearl Jam’s fifth studio album, Yield, is released.
Ament says the album cover developed out of a band meeting when Gossard threw out the word ‘yield’, and the members “all started talking about what ‘yield’ meant to us. There was talk of, like, yielding to nature, and i kept thinking it would be cool if there was a yield sign but there was nothing in the middle of nowhere.”
"My whole mind-set, or what’s been processing constantly," reflects Vedder, "is this challenge of looking really close at the game that everyone’s playing - this myth of an existance and seeing how you can eke out something that’s a little different without becoming totally insane. Not necessarily stepping back in the evolutionary process, ‘cause that seems impossible, but how do you help shape the future ? Not just society, but my own or my family’s or my immediate surroundings and the people in it. So I think Yield is kind of saying, ‘Give a way.’ Now, to explain it, you’d have to say, ‘Give a way to what?’ And it’s really, give way to nature, is what I’ve been thinking, ‘cause that’s the one thing we have to yield to.”