I gave the band a hard time at the start of this summers tour.. to my ears they just were not hitting the mark.. With that said some of the recordings I've listened to later on in the tour changed my mind.. They sounded good.. Was is inevitable that Billy and the new drummer would take a few shows to gel? Yeah.. I guess that was part of it.. Question being now that Jay has played a full tour with them and they are firing on all cylinders.. Is it plausible that Alan would retire and let the younger guy take the reins? He has nothing more to prove.. He had a very nice long run..