First off - please please please lets not get into any Rob bashing on this thread for once!
OK, so around here many people seem to hate him. I've never really understood why. Going back many years, I remember finding a bunch of really good videos of him on Youtube (looking younger and slimmer) demoing Orange amps, and he was clearly a very good guitarist. He had recently transcribed a bunch of Yngwie songs for a publication so definitely no slouch on the 6 string. I'm pretty sure that the vids were done for Orange, and they eventually disappeared for whatever reason.
Anyway, rolling forward, I happened to come across a couple of his chatty videos by chance and watch them recently, and he basically seems like a very nice, affable sort of guy. He's knowledgeable and entertaining enough in his demeanour. He is also genuinely popular out there - 743K subscribers, top videos all around 2-4 million views, and relentlessly positive reactions from viewers who comment.
I kind of feel that around here on the Fretboard he has slipped into that 'hip to hate' category like Bonamassa, Kirk Hammett et al. It's kind of a shame that things get like that with some musicians. I get that he's not everyones cup of tea, nobody is universally loved, but it would be so much nicer if we could tone down the hatred around here,. He's just a guitarist who has managed to forge a career in a way that I'm sure we all wish we could have done. I think that he would be a great guy to just sit down and have a pint with and a bit of a chat and a laff.
That is all ....