They're good musicians, but I really can't stand them. I don't care for most of their songs, first of all, because the lyrics never make any sense at all! With Robert Hunter's lyrics and the GD's accompanying music, it is almost what I would consider to be like my bible. I can find lyrics and/or a song to fit with nearly any feeling or situation I have experienced in life, with GD music, but I can't really relate to Phish. I have gotten free tickets and took my oldest son to see Phish with me, and we just couldn't really get into it.
Another thing, is that Phish is totally about money, and commercialism, they don't care about their fans. If someone is selling anything with a Phish logo that is not officially licensed, they send people out to steal/confiscate their goods. They don't care about people who make a living vending, just so they can follow them around and see every show. They don't realize (or, I believe, just don't care) that a huge part of the scene depends on making money on the lot, so fans can make it to and into every show. They are geared to "trustafarians", spoiled rich kids, and frat boys who want to be part of the jamband scene because it's the cool thing to do, and it's not really about the music, ideals, and family aspects, like the Grateful Dead were/are.
If the Boys have trouble with copyright type things, they make people put their goods away, which is understandable, when the lot interferes with their market and business. Having a hand made steal your face (or version of one), or a 13 point lightning bolt doesn't automatically mean the Boys are gonna come after you. The Phish copyright police often attack people, and steal their goods, when much of the time, it's everything those people had and invested their money in. And that means, anything with the Phish name or similar logo can give you a bunch of trouble.
I even have a hypothesis that, when Trey got busted for opiates, he made a deal with police that he/Phish would help cooperate with them to help bust their fans, who may be involved with drug use. Phish lot often has numerous busts, when compared to an event of the same size put on by the Dead/Furthur/The Other Ones/PL&F/RatDog/etc. The lot is also filled with a lot more of the shady characters that you often don't get as much of, due to the "Family" values that are expected, on the Boys' scene.
While the scenes often have some of the same types of people, or a crowd with similar ideas, the differences between the two are enough for me to be totally turned off by Phish, so it's just not for me! And, although it's kind of a crude saying, I found this shirt, which I thought was awfully funny, that I bought on Furthur summer tour, that says on the back, "You can take your Widespread Phish lips, and suck the String Cheese out of my Grateful Dead dick!" On the front it says, "Go Bears!" and the dancing bear has a pimp hat and beard, and a pimp cane. As I said, it is a bit crude, but I thought it was funny enough that I had to pick one up, since it was only $15.