good to know lewis.
i have always associated ratdog with older heads, like people who saw jerry, and arent looking for a band to recreate yesterday.
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.
i like the GD meets miles davis, sound of ratdog, plus i prefer Mark on guitar, and Jay on drums. i wouldnt mind if phil played bass for ratdog, as long as he didnt sing.
i actually like ratdog, i just prefer phil's interpretations of the music. phil would never be in ratdog bob wouldn't allow it. ratdog is bob's gig. you can't have a phil lesh in there.
we can catch some west coast ratbob shows this fall when he announces the dates