You people can justify the fluff any way you want but the truth is that whenever the GD lost a member in the past they took an evolutionary step. When Pigpen left and subsequently died they kept elements of the past but became different. The same happened when Keith & Donna left and when Brent died. I felt that the original members successfully did that again after Jerry when they formed The Otherones in '98 by adding a sax (Dave Ellis) and Bruce Hornsby as a leader. There was even an evolutionary step taken when they toured with Warren Haynes (Not a favorite of mine), but he brought his own thing to the table. The problem with Fake Jerry is that he brings nothing new to the table. I'm not saying that there isn't some good music being made; I'm simply saying that its boring, repetitive, and is nothing but nostalgia. I want to love it as a die hard deadhead but I'd rather hang out with my friends at home and listen to the Grateful Dead."
I don't totally disagree with you here, but I will say that losing Pigpen, Keith/Donna, and Brent are VERY different from losing Jerry Garcia, in terms of how the loss affected the basic fabric of the band. I have spent a LOT of time hanging out at home with my friends listening to GD, and at least once in a while, I'd personally rather go see Furthur at Red Rocks, warts and all.