young folks, who might have never seen GD, or even 98 TOO, tend to prefer phils bands cause they sound more like the GD, and if thats what you looking for, furthur, or phil and friends is more up that alley.
to this was "Screw you!", but you're more right than wrong. I'm not young enough to have missed GD, so I was privileged to be able to see them many times in the 80s and 90s. Even then, I was always more drawn to Primal Dead ('66-'69) and the 70s through 1978. Also have always been a Phil Zoner and drummer watcher. The thing I like about PL&F, and Furthur, is the way it feels like 1969 sent through a 1976 filter. I was surprised by how much some of the smaller PL&F shows felt like I was jettisoned back to a different time of the GD; one I wish I could've experienced and now somewhat could. Furthur quickly outgrew that feeling with the bigger venues, though. I never cared for what Bob did with his side bands, and Ratdog hasn't struck me any differently. I'm saddened by this because I'd like a backup to the Phil experience. Unfortunately, I cannot cue into Bob and his bands at all. Doesn't make a whole lotta sense because I'm a huge Bob fan within the GD of those older periods. He lost me in the 80s, and our paths have never really met again. Maybe if I could see Ratdog without a sax player I would feel differently, but I doubt it.
I'm glad for Phil that he can play with his sons, but I have very little interest with experiencing that myself. The recordings have done nothing for me. And as I've said elsewhere, the constantly revolving door of musicians does nothing for me. I prefer watching a band that can read each other and that has already found each other. Watching musicians fumble around as they search for each other on stage is far less desirable to me. I'd rather see a solid show than a show with a track or two, or a moment or two, of accidental explosion. I had enough of that with Jerry showing up a few minutes a show and being complacent the rest of the time.