It is hypocritical of him to talk like that, no question. There's been a lot of talk along those lines for years, and still, certain albums are completely overlooked. I don't get why he can't just admit that there are several albums he doesn't care for, but once in a while he'll compromise. He makes it out like there's been a revolution, and then mentions America (in the set on/off since 1996) and Awaken (on/off since '91). What the hell does it prove that those happen to be back in the set now? From other quotes on the matter, the gist of the "new setlist attitude" seems to to be that, after about 20 tours, they're talking about replacing Owner as their token 80s song.
I'm fine with ignoring albums that aren't my favourites, either. But just as a matter of principle: Those are also some unfortunate fans' favourite albums; they should get a look-in every now and then. If a radical rearrangement is needed, so be it. One of the few 80s/90s tracks I see potential in, is Love Will Find A Way. It has some slide parts for Steve, an acoustic for Jon D., some really good hooks, it was sort of a hit...seems worth a try.
As a general rule, though, they can save the Rabin stuff for a reunion special and stay focused on more recent output (maybe some solo/side project songs) to supplement the 70s classics. There are still some of those we haven't heard in decades, too.
And just once, I'd like to hear Steve say straight out that he is incapable of playing many of Rabin's parts, rather than it just being a matter of "different styles". It is definitely that, too, but it's also a question of chops. When he joined, Trevor could duplicate all of Steve's parts at double speed, with embellishments. Steve struggles to even play the OOALH riff convincingly, let alone the solo. And the fact that he then felt it necessary to tack on a pedestrian solo at the end to compensate, also smells like ego-adjustment issues to me. If he now says he embraces the idea of performing Rabin's songs in a new way, I'll believe it when I hear it.