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There is more than one artist with this name: a rock group and a trance DJ.

1) GTR was a supergroup founded in 1986 by ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett and Yes and Asia guitarist Steve Howe. Other members included vocalist (and former milkman) Max Bacon (ex-Moby Dick, Nightwing, Bronz), bassist Phil Spalding (ex-Bernie Torme, Toyah, Mike Oldfield, Original Mirrors), and American drummer Jonathan Mover (ex-Marillion, later of Steve Vai fame).

GTR’s only studio album, a self-titled LP produced by Geoffrey Downes of Asia, released by Arista Records, went gold and spawned a hit single, “When the Heart Rules the Mind”, which stayed in the charts for 16 weeks. Another single, “The Hunter,” received some video coverage and modest airplay. While GTR’s album was a chart success, it is highly debated with many fans of Genesis and Yes. Some fans claim it has rather substandard filler material and some criticism directed at Max Bacon’s strident tenor. J.D. Considine’s review of the album simply read, “SHT.”. However, it has become somewhat of a cult classic among fans, with some of them regarding it the best work ever.

After the US tour Steve Hackett departed the band and together with new member guitarist / vocalist Robert Berry (ex Hush) they returned to the studio to record demos for their second album with workingtitle Neurotrend. During the recording process Arista Records went cold on the band. GTR split up in 1987, and soon after Robert Berry joined 3, with Carl Palmer and Keith Emerson. Max Bacon joined Geoffrey Downes and John Payne for the Rain project.

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