Hackett quit GTR shortly after the tour ended. Steve Howe briefly tried to carry on without him, but the second album he began was ultimately scrapped, and in 1988 he joined Anderson Wakeman Bruford Howe. It was his third prog-rock supergroup in six years, but this time around every member was an alumni of the classic 1970s lineup of Yes. It led to a crazy period where there were essentially two separate versions of Yes, but that’s a whole other story.
Meanwhile, Hackett went back to his solo career. There was talk of reuniting the Peter Gabriel–led lineup of Genesis in 2005 and they even had a group meeting, but when Gabriel balked it turned into a reunion of the 1980s lineup and Hackett was left high and dry. In recent years, he has talked to Steve Howe about the possibility of teaming up again. “I’m not closing the door to that,” he said in March. “At this point in time, obviously there’s a lot of other things on the agenda, first of all. So we’ll see how that goes.”
Will the heart rule the mind once again? In the immortal words of Asia, only time will tell.