Joel reveals that he tried heroin only once back in the 70s when he was in Amsterdam. He claims that the experience was so terrifying for him that it scared him away from the drug forever.
The "Piano Man" hitmaker stated,
“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,’ ” Joel said.
“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.”
Billy Joel, 64, took what he got from the experience and as most song writer do, used it to write the 1982 song Scandinavian Skies, where he clearly makes mention the “sins of Amsterdam,” and how it left him feeling “paralyzed.”
Joel has had a long running and award winning career in the music industry, and is listed as the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States, and is best known for his 1977 hit album "The Stranger."
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