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Billy Joel admits heroin use to shock jock Howard Stern

Billy Joel admitted to Howard Stern that he used heroin.
Billy Joel admitted to Howard Stern that he used heroin.
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Billy Joel admitted his heroin use to shock jock Howard Stern in a three hour interview and concert event. While his drug use may have been a surprise for some of his fans, Joe’s battle with alcohol has been common knowledge.

Joel told Stern, “We were in Amsterdam, and there was all this stuff going on. I said, ‘Let me see what this is like.’” Joel revealed that thankfully he was instantly deterred by the drug’s severe side effects. “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.” Joel’s experimentation with the powerful drug occurred in the 1970s and he claims he never tried the drug again. He did admit though that his song, Scandinavian Skies was based on his drug use.

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