Max Bacon

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Max Bacon is a British rock singer. He was the lead singer for 1980s rock group GTR as well as for Burn the Sky, Moby Dick, Nightwing, Phenomena,[1] and Bronz. He was the vocalist on GTR's top 40 single, "When the Heart Rules the Mind" and GTR's self-titled debut album.[2]

Bacon's 1996 solo album The Higher You Climb included GTR material,[3] and Bacon later sang lead on "Going, Going, Gone" on Steve Howe's 1999 release, Portraits of Bob Dylan.

Bacon sang lead on Mike Oldfield's 1987 album Islands which, in the U.S. version, featured the minor hit "Magic Touch", and was co-produced by Geoff Downes, who produced GTR. In 2002 another solo album, From the Banks of the River Irwell, was released, featuring some material composed by Downes previously performed by Asia during John Payne's tenure.

Bacon appeared as a contestant on ITV's talent show New Faces, hosted by Marti Caine with featured judges Chris Tarrant and Nina Myskow. Bacon reached the 1988 final and performed a version of "The Hunter", but did not win. No mention was made on the show of his previous GTR success.[citation needed]

Bacon subsequently left the music business and took ownership of a pub called The Crown in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, England.[4] Max now owns and runs The Wheatsheaf pub in the small town of Egremont in West Cumbria.[5] [6]

Bacon returned to his former band, Bronz, to play at the Hard Rock Hell festival in Wales in November 2011.


Moby Dick[edit]

  • 1982: Can't Have My Body Tonight (single, Ebony Records) [7]

Solo Work[edit]

  • 1995: The Higher You Climb (1995) [8] With Geoff Downes, Steve Hackett, Steve Howe, etc.
  • 2002: From the Banks of the River Irwell [9] - With Geoff Downes, Mike Oldfield, Scott Gorham, Phil Spalding, Michael Sturgis, etc.


  • 1983 Stand Up and Be Counted [10]
  • 1984 My Kingdom Come [11]


  • 1984: Taken by Storm [12]


  • 1986: GTR [13]
  • 1997: King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents GTR (Live)[14]


  • 1987: Dream Runner [15]

Mike Oldfield[edit]

Steve Howe[edit]


  1. ^ Phenomena Archived 2010-05-02 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ When The Heart Rules The Mind
  3. ^ Max Bacon: Information and Much More from
  4. ^ DPRP - Forgotten Sons: GTR
  5. ^ "The Wheatsheaf". Northwest Bands. NWB. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Wheatsheaf". What Pub. Campaign for Real Ale. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  7. ^ Moby Dick - "Nothing to Fear" / "Can't Have My Body Tonight" (1982) single releases & credits
  8. ^ Max Bacon - The Higher You Climb album releases & credits
  9. ^ Max Bacon - From the Banks of the River Irwell (2002) album releases & credits
  10. ^ Nightwing - Stand Up and Be Counted (1983) album releases & credits
  11. ^ Nightwing - My Kingdom Come (1984) album releases & credits
  12. ^ Bronz - Taken by Storm (1984) album releases & credits
  13. ^ GTR - GTR (1986) album releases & credits
  14. ^ GTR - King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents GTR (1997) album releases & credits
  15. ^ Phenomena - Dream Runner (1987) album releases & credits
  16. ^ Mike Oldfield - Islands (1987 album releases & credits
  17. ^ Mike Oldfield - Earth Moving (1989) album releases & credits
  18. ^ Steve Howe - Portraits of Bob Dylan (1999) album releases & credits