i`m a bit astohished about comparing the old DMB to the "newer" one.
For myself, i`ve seen the band the first time in Brussels in 2007 with Leroi and three times with Jeff Coffin here in Europe. I always liked Leroi playing, but with Jeff Coffin, i can`t find a loss in power and sound. He fits the gap perfectly.
Besides i think, the band is getting better since 2007 with Rashawn Ross and Tim Reynolds. Although i started with the band in 1999, i don`t listen very often to the "old" recordings. I enjoy the "newer", more powerful versions, with a fuller sound, wonderful trumpetparts, a tighter section in the back and Tims solos. Whenever i listen to songs such as seek up, two step, ymdt, proudest monkeys and many more, they sound so much better these days that i won`t miss the old days.
I know, i`m offtopic....but i understand the "different time, different life"-part. I have the same with some of my former favorite bands.