first got to know Gerry back in about 1977, when he was in Hotline, and
playing in his local area, although he had seen him in Refugee back in
As well as working as roadie with various local (North West Kent) bands,
Rob was part of the stage crew at the legendary Gravesend Red Lion. In
about 1980, Gerry asked Rob to help him out with a gig at Birmingham
Odeon, supporting Budgie. This was probably the largest gig that Rob had
done at the time, and he learnt a valuable lesson at this show - Never
put drinks on top of amplifiers !
From about late 1980, Rob was roadie, sound engineer, tour manager,
lighting engineer, mechanic, booker, firms cat etc for English Rogues,
which at the time featured Alexander Dee on Guitar and Pete Martin on
Drums, along with Gerry.
They were playing probably 5 gigs a week on average, in places as far
apart as Folkestone, Andover, Milton Keynes and, of course, Chiddingly.
Rob was also holding down a day job. Pete Martin left and was
replaced by Roy Reed. Alex came and went a few times and was
replaced by Mick McCormack and Joe Wearen amongst others. As well
as working with The Rogues and the day job, Rob managed to fit in
one-offs and tours with the likes of
Thunderstick, the Q Tips,
and John McCoy, Sledgehammer (also with Gerry) and the Ya-Yas.. In about
1984, Rob became the English Rogues Drummer, and left in 1986 due
to family commitments .
Rob stayed in touch with Gerry and filled in on odd gigs as drummer or
soundman over the years. Between then and now Rob has worked with
bands and venues large and small in the UK, Europe and Japan. Rob was roadie/tour
manager for the much missed Paul Samson from the early 90’s until his untimely death in 2002, and they toured the UK, Europe and Japan.
Since about 2000 Rob has carried out the same function for
and also assisted him relocate his
studio in Kent. Around 1999-2000
Rob did 3 UK tours as backline tech/tour manager with American blues
supremo Jimmy Dillon. On top of all this, Rob has run websites for
has been named as Creative Controller for the Paul Samson estate, which
has involved sleeve design and notes for two cd's ( a Samson compilation
called "Tomorrow and Yesterday", which he also compiled, edited and
remastered, and the posthumous release of his final recordings, called "P.S...."
Between 2005 and 2013 Rob was road manager/tech for
featuring legends Bernie Torme and John McCoy, along with powerhouse
drummer Robin Guy, as well as doing sound on occasional Rogues gigs. You
can find him on
Over the years Rob has still been involved with
the band whether it be through keeping the website up-to-date or helping
with recording the band live. Rob is still a huge asset to the band!!
Rob still jokes "If I
ever get to write a book about my time in the music industry , you can
rest assured that my apprenticeship with Gerry and English Rogues will
play a very important part in it". Top guy!