I've never gotten to see the GRATEFUL Dead. And before Furthur came along Ratdog was my favorite by far! I enjoyed them more than I enjoyed the Dead in 09. I think I loved them so much because it was a different twist to the Dead's style and the HORNS is what made that band so amazing! In my opinion
BUT then the boys formed Furthur and blew my freaking mind!
All post bands are Dead music. In my world Grateful Dead is just not a band. It's a category of music. And there are so many different styles and way to perform the music! Change lyrics around, keys, write new songs, but they are still following a guide...... which is the Grateful Dead!
Furthur is probably the closest thing I'll get to experience the Grateful Dead! They rearrange the music some what but I feel they are just giving it a little update to what it would sound like today if Jerry was here. JK fills that spot very nice, and no way am I dissing Warren, Steve, Jimmy, etc cuz they are all amazing guitarist. And at first I wasn't too thrilled with Russo but he has proved him self to me show after show that he can fill that void! And the singers are amazing! It's that sweet touch I need kinda like the sweet touch the horns provide to Ratdog.
I'm so thankful for Furthur! Who doesn't think it's awesome that Phil and Bobby are combining forces to bring us the music! They wanted to do this! This is what they are feeling at the moment.! And if all these rumors are true about Phil which I won't believe until it happens... Bobby may decide to go a whole other direction with the music.