When you think of Billy Joel, crowd-surfing isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind. However, in a recently uploaded throwback clip of a performance from his historic 1987 Russian concert, the ‘piano man’ floats on a sea of hands during the a Capella hit “For The Longest Time.”
According to Rolling Stone, the video is an exclusive preview of Joel’s special DVD/Blu-ray and live double-album release, A Matter Of Trust: A Bridge To Russia, that features the live concert footage and music of that historic show. At the time of the concert, tensions between the U.S. and Russia were beginning to ease up from the height of the Cold War, and Joel was one of the few rock stars at the time invited to play in the country.
In the preview clip uploaded to Billy Joel’s Vevo account Thursday, Joel launches into the song with his backing barbershop quartet and suddenly jumps into the hands of the crowd. After surfing around the sea of fans for a few bars, Joel made it back on stage for the conclusion of the song, later exclaiming “I can’t believe I did that!” to the cheering crowd.
A Matter Of Trust: A Bridge To Russia DVD/Cd is due out on May 20th. Watch his performance of “For The Longest Time” below.