Jim Brown/SHOWTIMEIn August 1987, Billy Joel became one of the first rock artists to perform in the Soviet Union when he mounted a tour that included stops in the Russian cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg -- then known as Leningrad -- as well as the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. A new documentary titled Billy Joel: A Matter of Trust -- The Bridge to Russia that takes a look at the Piano Man's historic visit will premiere on Showtime on Friday, January 31 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
The film delves into the troubles and triumphs Joel experienced in bringing his energetic show to the U.S.S.R., whose people were deterred by oppressive security from displaying public enthusiasm during the concerts. In addition to his band and crew, Billy took his family -- then-wife Christie Brinkley and daughter Alexa -- with him to the Soviet Union. The tour yielded a live album titled Kontsert that was released in '87.
The movie was directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Jim Brown, who has scored four Emmys, including one for 2007's Pete Seeger: The Power of Song. After its debut screening, Billy Joel: A Matter of Trust -- The Bridge to Russia will air numerous additional ***** on Showtime and its affiliated channels over the following month. It also will be available on Showtime on Demand starting February 1.
Meanwhile, Joel continues to expand his 2014 tour itinerary, most recently adding a July 18 concert at Chicago's Wrigley Field to his schedule. The show will be Billy's first in the Windy City in seven years and also will mark the first time ever that a performer has played a return show at Wrigley Field.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday, January 25, at 10 a.m. CT at Cubs.com/BillyJoel. You can check out Joel's full 2014 tour schedule, including dates for his monthly residency at New York City's Madison Square Garden, at BillyJoel.com/Events.
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