Billy Joel Opens Up About Trying Heroin: "It Scared Me"

Posted Tuesday April 29, 2014 1:55 PM GMT

Enjoying his stay in New York City, Billy Joel stopped by SirusXM's Town Hall to chat with Howard Stern about his career, inspirations and personal life on Monday (April 28).

While chatting with the infamous host, the 64-year-old singer opened up about trying heroin, which is the inspiration for his 1980s tune "Scandinavian Skies."

"It got me so high, I didn’t know how to deal with it," Joel explained about experimenting with the drug. "It scared me."

This isn't the first time the Grammy-winner revealed his issues with substance abuse. During an interview with the New York Times in 2003, Joel admitted to seeking treatment for alcohol abuse.

"I was kind of in a mental fog, and it had nothing to do with the booze," he said. "My mind wasn’t right. I wasn’t focused. I went into a deep, deep depression after 9/11. 9/11 just knocked the wind out of me, and I don’t know even now if I’ve recovered from it… I used booze as medication."

Meanwhile, Joel is in the Big Apple for a residency at Madison Square Garden where he takes the stage for a monthly concert. He told Howard of the shows, "As long as there is ticket demand and I have the wherewithal to do it, we are going to stay there."

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