saw GD first in 1969 became obsessed within a couple of years..saw hundreds of shows
abruptly stopped in 1995 guess why
then around l2006 saw DSO in a small venue and became obsessed
friends would say come to Phil and Friends...did see them a coupla times but still liked DSO in small bars where i leaned up on stage and danced and grooved for hours.
THEN finally saw Furthur at MSG in November 2010
have seen about 6 shows and am seeing three more this summer
LOVE LOVE LOVE
why? although DSO recreates the GD experience flawlessly, that is it...they REcreate it....yes they do original additions especially e.g. Lisa on Lovelight...but it is not new for the most part...very little CREATION.
Furthur consciously CREATES new stuff.......also Phil is unmatchable and Bobby seems to play more intricately..Also Bobby is always creating new stuff with each rendition of a song. Finally although Barraco is AWESOME and emotes love, Chimenti is jazzy and clever and new. ....and Russo is one of the best drummers around....FINALLY ...Sunshine puts the polished icing on the cake.
have seen DSO a coupla times since reawakening and walked out...........................