this stage Rob thought the band had reached their peak, selling
out shows to critical acclaim, brimming with energy and optimism.
The band kept up the heavy touring pace with shows mostly confined
to clubs, though touring schedules were sometimes interspersed
with theatre shows, TV and radio appearances as well as festival
graduated from the Musicians
Institute (now "The
Institue of Contemporary Music Performance") London
in 1995, receiving a Higher
Diploma in Popular Music Performance (equivalent to
2 GCE 'A' levels) where he studied live performance, rock,
blues, soul, funk, jazz, country, fusion, acoustic, fingerstyle,
harmony and theory with a concentration in Rock Guitar Performance.
Since 1996 he has performed professionally, in a variety
of styles on electric guitar.
Lizzy had just lost founder member Alun Owen in 1996.
The search began for a permanent guitarist, and the story
goes that Rob was on top of everyone's list.
need for them to elevate to the next level resulted in Rob
joining the band in early 1996.
playing 150-200 gigs a year at this time, Limehouse Lizzy
seldom toured outside the United Kingdom, where the band
had its strongest cult following. 1997 proved to be an exception,
when the band was invited to perform at the prestigious
St. Patrick's Day celebrations in New York on March 16/17th
followed by several major festival appearances and headlining
for Philo) in Dublin and London.
The punishing schedule and number of gigs per year had certainly
not decreased by 1998, and it was all starting to take its
toll on the band. Sadly, even at this stage of the band's
career, the touring did not seem to help them find greater
opportunities. Rob gives his perspective on this rather sad
period in the group's history: "People in the band felt
a sense of security. We concentrated on other things besides
the music. Everybody was taking everything for granted, assuming
that the gigs would just be there. I remember towards the
end of one tour our edge slipped away. We did three gigs in
a row that were miserable for the band (even though they sounded
fine to the audience)".
1998, Rob decided to quit the group, which still continue
to this day.
At the end of his stint with Limehouse Lizzy, Rob decided
to take time out and started working as an IT Security Consultant
This didn't come as a complete surprise to fans, who knew
Rob had been messing with computers for years.
Rob came to new conclusions while working as an Ethical Hacker:
"I recommend it to everyone, if they can afford to change
their whole way of thinking about their career in life and
see what they really like about it and what they don't."
Rob feels equally at home playing Rock, Metal, Hard Rock,
Ballads, Top 40, Blues, Funk, R&B, Soul and Acoustic ("Unplugged").