This is great for Phil and his family. This is a sharp business move as well. It's a new world now (besides his age and health), and if these guys haven't learned anything from their mistakes, that would be unfortunate. They didn't care about business because Jerry didn't care much about business. It made it easy to not care about business. Even if they don't care a great deal about business now, I don't think any of them want to look in the mirror and think, "That was another bad decision. Haven't I learned anything over the years?" It's a pride in yourself type deal if nothing else. Make smart decisions, not only because of money, but out of pride and self-awareness. Another challenge to best. I think everything about this is smart. And I don't blame Shapiro for wanting to take on that Bill Graham-like presence in this music. He's making it happen.
It's terrible for me. I have no plans to go west, though I miss visiting. I'm not going to NYC. Period. The only live music I care to attend anymore is that with Phil. So personally, this would mean no shows next year. Not a real big deal, though. The music is alive and well. That matters. Not out of some hippie dippy positivism, either. I selfishly want this music to continue [with Phil], and though his decisions take a hit on my potential experiences, I have a lot of respect for how he's handling playing at this stage in his life, including these business maneuvers. I'm impressed with this deal, even though it clearly negatively affects me.
What does "hippie dippy" mean?