Billy Joel's historic Soviet concert tour this week in 1987

July 26, 2016

The year is 1987…

The the Cold War was winding down

The iconic red telephone has been on Gorbachev's desk for two years

America isn't quite the enemy it used to be

New freedoms mean that American rock music is suddenly not just cool

but almost accepted by the old timers in the Kremlin


Step forward our hero Billy Joel

Billy stumped up $2.5 million of his own cash

and became the first American rock star to tour the Soviet Union

with a fully staged show

Joel played six concerts

three in Moscow

three in Leningrad

Each concert played to a packed house




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