During 2018 210 Live from Highwood, IL (Judy Shatkin and Chris Nibeck) pursued bringing Leonid and Friends to the US and finally in January 2019 it happened. Leonid and Friends wanted to play in New York City first so 210 Live rented Sony Hall for their first US performance.
In the days before the show in New York the American Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) conference showcased bands to venues around the world. This is the biggest show of it’s kind in the world, promoters bring their bands to get bookings. There were well connected promoters that had their own Chicago tribute bands and they worked at sabotaging Leonid and Friends showcase performances. These confrontations cemented our friendship from the very beginning.