[Vladimir Kuzmin] is being hyped as the Soviet Union's answer to Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen. And popularity-wise, that might be true: Kuzmin's last three albums have each sold more than a million copies in the Soviet Union, and in a January, 1989, readers poll by the Moscow youth newspaper, Moscovskey Komsomopets, he was voted the country's top singer, songwriter, guitarist and poet.
Promoter Scott Pedersen discovered Vladimir Kuzmin and Dinamik while on a scouting trip to the Soviet Union last April. Of the 40 rock bands he heard live, Pedersen said, Kuzmin and his group impressed him the most.
Pedersen immediately made plans to bring Kuzmin and his group to San Diego for a series of concerts during the Soviet arts festival. Pedersen temporarily was stymied by Mayor Maureen O'Connor and festival organizers, who tried to prevent commercial promoters from booking Soviet acts during the festival, but Pedersen, aided by financial backer and fellow promoter Don Hughes, was able to defeat the blockade.