Bobby is not the same physical specimen he once was.....very few of us after 50 or 60 or further are. However, we do acquire wisdom as well as sensitivity. Being the pretty boy that he was actually has caused him to age fairly badly....he clearly seems older than Phil which he is not.........
Now to PHIL!!!....he is the exception. Yes he has gotten better vocally. And yes his instrument sounds better probably because it is turned up much louder than 4 out of 5 GD shows had it turned up. Only that one in five special post Brent shows was really excellent....and one factor in my view was that Phil was turned up on those special nights.
All this being said, I honestly must say that I enjoy the shows every bit as much or perhaps more now than in any time since 1969. Maybe it is just me...more appreciation caused by perhaps a greater than 15 year hiatus. Prefer to think that Bob and Phil really are enlightened beings understanding the reality that we are all connected and are put on this Earth to enjoy and help each other individually and communally. And listening to each of the Furthur shows attended this last tour (4) on the CD's in the car make it clear that it was not just the drugs we had been doing....they really sound awesome at all times.
Life is indeed an elusive reality and a transient one at that, and the only thing we can be sure of is that Bob and Phil will not last forever...yes there will be DSO and other bands still making great or even better music technically, but the unique Spirits of these two men embellished by the young talent they surround themselves with produce an experience that is for me, a spiritually, religiously, ineffably cumulative shared experience.
Thank you for all your great energy and see you at Jones beach and Atlanta in July!