the first Further tour was in 96 so that they did play together before 2000. and you are correct the band stayed together mainly so that the 200 or so people that worked for GDP would have jobs
uhhh...lets not let the facts ruin a good discussion here....
just for the sake of accuracy........
Further '96 in no way could be a construed as a tour where "they all played together" . There were only 2 (well 3 if you want to count Hornsby)... Dead members on that tour, and they all had separate bands. Weir (with one of my personally least favorite versions of ratdog) and Mickey with his "mystery Box" band.
Also on the bill were Los Lobos, Hornsby and the Range, Hot Tuna...etc...There would be some decent sit-ins at the end of the show (or Bobby would sit in with Mickeys band while Mickey sang/rapped Fire on the MtN) but that was a far cry from having them all together.
They came closer to being all together with the first "Other ones" tour in summer '98. That had Weir, Lesh, Hart, and Hornsby all together with Kimock, Karan and Molo, and Dave Ellis joining the mix. Still they were not all together yet (no Kreutzmann).That tour had some exciting moments ans was the first time that any real magic (in my opinion) was being created. For some reason the summer of 98 remains as my foavorite Post GD band. There was something about those shows, the lineup the timing, the song choices, that was exhilarating.
In 2000 there was another "other ones" tour, which revisited the Weir,Hart, Hornsby nucleus and this time Kretzmann joined in which was great, however, Lesh was subtracted and replaced by Alphonso Johnson on bass. Decent tour, but without Phil.........they also had Karan and Kimock back on guitar
So really the first time that they ALL did any kind of extended playing together was the 2002 Terrapin station deal at Alpine and the subsequent fall tour.
That band had all of the surviving members (if you didnt count Welnick and Hornsby) Hornsby chose to sit that one out.Baracco AND Chimenti shared keys duties, Jimmy Herring took over the lead guitar slot and Susan Tedeschi joined for the east coast part.
That stayed pretty much the band until the last shows in 2004 with Joan Osborne replacing Susan in '03 and Warren Haynes (guitar) replacing Baracco (keys)in '04......
Point being that it was quite a while (7 years!) before they were "all together"!
.......................................................have you heard the one about the yellow dog?