Man, Equinox dropping the Really Ugly Dark Cloud there. I hope nothing like that crossed their mind, nor that it ever crosses their desks longer than to drop directly into the circular file. Gross.
I'm just being practical. This is the opportunity for everybody to cement their nest eggs -- particularly Mickey and Billy who, even as the Rhythm Devils, play smallish venues like B. B. King's.
I'll take this scenario one step further. This might be a way of healing old wounds. I've read that the drummers were very bitter when Furthur was formed. They felt, perhaps rightly, that they'd been cut out of some big profits from music they'd helped create. Perhaps this is a way to bring peace and that's never a bad thing. You never know when you might lose a key person in your life.