I prefer the stripped down, no light show tours. Throw up a giant tie-dye backdrop with basic stage lights (static, if you please), and I'm good to go. Let me see the band. I'm there to watch and listen to them. I don't want any of the other pomp & circumstance. And if it saves me even a quarter on the ticket price, it's two bits well spent.
Better sound. Their sound crew is entirely mediocre. I don't have any answers, but someone must.
Too many songs in some of the setlists. More improvisation, please.
Too much classic rock juke boxing. Save your contemporary covers for rehearsals (or for never). If it resembles anything like a post-1979 setlist, please reconsider it. I don't even want to listen to recordings of that filler, so I surely don't want to spend all that time and money to see it live. (though, they have been better about it)
Bob's atrocious tonality. Someone play him a SBD so he can hear how awful he sounds.
Turn up and EQ JohnK. I'd like to hear him rip holes in the stratosphere and pierce the sky. If he lacks that aggressive gear, turn up the volume and fool us.
I agree with you on the lightng. Who really needs it? As far as the wanting to be able to see them up close and bathed in saturated colours moving about, I don't need to. As long as it's loud enough to my liking and the stage is lit, then who cares? I can be up in the rafters as long as there's adequate room to flail about. That's just me.
The Grateful Dead hired one of the best (if not the best) sound companies out there, Ultra Sound out of Novato. Who Furthur uses I don't know. You're the first person I've seen take issue with the sound quality, but you've also shown yourself to be quite the audiophile.
Re: the jukebox thing. Fool in the Rain and Train in Vain come to mind. Why bother? When I want to hear these songs (if ever) then I'll listen to the originals. Btw, major Zep and Clash fan. I like the Beatles and Dylan songs, always have, although thank you for straying from Desolation Row! Love they do Any Road. How about more Dylan/Hunter? Silvio comes to mind!