Billy Joel Talks About Heroin


Music icon Billy Joel has now opened up about his experience with heroin. He also revealed his high from the drug inspired him to write his song Scandinavian Skies.

The star celebrated his 65th birthday a week early on Monday, April 28 with a Town Hall event moderated by Howard Stern and broadcast live on Sirius XM.

During the event, Stern mentioned Joel’s drug use, and the singer confessed he once tried heroin, which resulted with the song Scandinavian Skies from his 1982’s album, The Nylon Curtain.

Joel remembers, “This was back in the late ’70s I think. We were in Amsterdam, and there was all this stuff going on, so I said ‘Let me see what this is like.’”

“It got me so high I didn’t know how to deal with it. You just get way out, just go to another place, and you’re into the blues. All you want to hear is the blues. You start drooling, and you get sick.”

The fancy event also included live performances by Pink, Melissa Etheridge, Boyz II Men, Idina Menzel and Tony Bennett, who sang covers of some of the singer’s greatest hits.

After the show, Boyz II Men revealed to The Hollywood Reporter they are planning to join Joel at one of the Madison Square Garden Shows.

Finally, Bennett was honored by a standing ovation before he ended the show with “New York State of Mind.”
“We never leave the studio because I am agoraphobic, but the only person I’d leave the studio for is Billy Joel because I think he is so phenomenal,” Stern said.

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