Billy Joel admitted Monday that he has tried heroin.
The Piano Man, in an interview with Howard Stern at The Cutting Room in Midtown, said he did smack only once — because he got so wasted and “scared” that he never wanted to touch it again.
“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, according to an account of the interview published online by Rolling Stone.
“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 Grammy-winning artist said the experience inspired the 1982 song “Scandinavian Skies.” The lyrics mention the “sins of Amsterdam” and leaving him “paralyzed.”
He made the comment at the “Billy Joel Town Hall,” a Stern-hosted event that included performances of his songs by Melissa Etheridge, Tony Bennett and Pink.