With some hesitation and trepidation yet flush in the aftermath of the wonderful Fare Thee Well shows, I'd like to add this postscript to the thread. Although I'm sure all of the band members evolved their views over time and contributed to the ultimate decision to go with Trey, in the end, Bill's views on the appropriate guitarist to play Jerry's parts (notice I did NOT say fill Jerry's shoes - that was neither possible nor the intent) prevailed. And from what I've read at least on the leading up to the decisions on everyone's parts to play the 50th Anniv. shows, Bob led the reaching out/peacemaking efforts. I can't imagine a better outcome, 5 years later from when this thread began catankerously in reflection of the discord between the band members themselves. I find myself actually tearing up now typing this: it makes me proud.DeadlyHeptet wrote: As Wayne Krantz (look him up) said, "Why would a grown man want to sound like someone else?"