i do not think JK has "earned" a spot in any group. i was blown away by his performance with furthur, but he trully began to blossom when he stopped with the whole trying to do jerry licks and did his own thing, and him and Jeff brought Furthur to umbelievable heights, BUT(again with my BIG BUTT)
Kimock has been overlooked for this position for so long, he might not take it if not offered NOW. i know we all haver our favs. some like Warren, some Like John K., but Steve Kimock has the abiliety to make the Dead 2015 more than a one off tour to celibrate an aniversity. We all know Phil is down to scale back touring, but that dosnt mean as fans cant get a good tour or run of shows each year with the surviving memebers, in summer, like the good ol'days. Bob and Phil know that Jeff is the man on keys, and Bruce would and always will be a welcome addition, but hes like Branford M. Iceing on the cake.
For this band to be more than the CORE FOUR and hired guns, THEY NEED KIMOCK AND RESPECT.
leave the money concerns for the the lawyers, and PLAY MUSIC BOYS.
who did Phil pick in '99 for his lead guitar? he knows how good Steve is, and so does Bob, Mick, and Bill. So, balls in your court Mr. Lesh, and if we are stuck with Warren, or someone besides STEVE, it will be a HUGE MISTAKE>
1999 was 15 years ago, GET OVER IT. and get seperate fam. and business, fukn wife managers is a recipe for disaster.
it is not an either or man. It is both and. SK with JK. The vibe would be impeccable.