I thought the hub got hacked when I saw this thread active.
the topper thing is all speculation but moe. had become stagnant. They still made a good living but attendance had been declining. The topper decision was for a change of pace. I'm sure it was tough on everyone involved as he was part of moe. with a king history.
The band is currently managing themselves. Rib was recently quoted as saying he is into it as much as he's ever been. It has been showing as shows have been great. This will be a good year to see moe.