with you" and told them since they're in such close proximity they're a distraction to his playing. Saying shut the fuck up wasn't
very professional, imho, and out of character.
I've known people who complain about talking during a show, only to see them........talking during a show. However I'm not going to let it ruin my night. If you talk incessantly near me I will ask you to refrain, with a please and thank you. If you're unreceptive I will suggest you go somewhere you won't disturb anyone else, and in extreme cases that's somewhere very far south.
As far as Bob having any drinking problems, I can't say he has a problem. He's in an unusual position in that he's the boss, or one of them, and he has to decide whether he wants to let his drinking interfere with performing. I would never have a problem with him having a couple beers or smoking a j before a show, but hope he'd never let it get in the way of giving his best.
Lastly, I've been keeping an eye on him to see if I detect signs he's "slowing down". This last run of shows I was pleasantly surprised to see/hear him in very good voice and good form all around. Phil continues to impress me with his vigor.