- 6 Nov 2011
Hi, he didn't perform live at all in 1979, and only once in 1980. The 1980 one was connected to the launch of Hawks & Doves, but on that occasion they also performed an unreleased song I've never heard played called Winter Winds.
In 1981 he appeared once on stage as a guest at a tribute concert for someone but I can't remember who.
The reason why he wasn't touring in 1979-1981 is connected to his youngest son, who was born severely disabled in the late 70s. NY and his wife dedicated themselves for several years to some kind of intensive around the clock therapy programme that meant there was not much time for anything else.
As part of this programme they used a vocoder to try and communicate with their infant son. This device ended up being used for the vocals on the Trans album and also on stage during the Trans tour by NY and Nils Lofgren.