Billy Joel Tries 'Strong American Medicine' in 1987 Russia: Exclusive DVD Clip (Video)

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When Billy Joel rocked Russia in in 1987, he "gave it all away," he says in an exclusive clip from his forthcoming DVD documenting the tour, "A Matter of Trust - The Bridge to Russia," which Bilboard premieres below. In fact he gave so much in his performances, he lost his voice and had an amusing encounter with late-Cold-War-era Russian healthcare and someone's funny idea of "strong American medicine."

Joel sought treatment that day in Russia at a famous clinic that the best ballet dancers and opera singers relied upon. "They put me in this little room which kind of looked like a torture chamber and they lay you on a slab and then there's a battery box next to you with two leads coming out of it," Joel recalls. "I'm thinking, "'What's this for? Are they going to try to get information out of me?'"

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Turns out he was only in for some harmless throat therapy. But the doctor insisted he take some special "pellets" to fully cure his voice. Watch the video above to find out exactly what that "medicine" was. We'll give you a hint, it's certainly minty.

"A Matter of Trust - The Bridge to Russia," which arrives May 20, chronicles Joel's concerts in Leningrad and Moscow with a DVD/Blu-Ray concert film plus a double CD album of the music. The deluxe edition also includes a Showtime documentary.

Joel, meanwhile, is rocking a lot closer to home currently as his nearly sold-out residency at New York's Madison Square Garden continues to roll on through the end of 2014.

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