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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: (L-R) Howard Stern, Billy Joel and Robin Quivers attend SiriusXM's Town Hall with Billy Joel hosted by Howard Stern at The Cutting Room on April 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Billy Joel performs on stage during SiriusXM's Town Hall with Billy Joel hosted by Howard Stern at The Cutting Room on April 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Robin Quivers, Howard Stern and Billy Joel speak at SiriusXM's Town Hall with Billy Joel hosted by Howard Stern at The Cutting Room on April 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Billy Joel and Tony Bennett perform at SiriusXM's Town Hall with Billy Joel hosted by Howard Stern at The Cutting Room on April 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Pink (L) and Billy Joel perform on stage during SiriusXM's Town Hall with Billy Joel hosted by Howard Stern at The Cutting Room on April 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Matt Lauer attends SiriusXM's Town Hall with Billy Joel hosted by Howard Stern at The Cutting Room on April 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Billy Joel performs on stage during SiriusXM's Town Hall with Billy Joel hosted by Howard Stern at The Cutting Room on April 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Billy Joel performs duing SiriusXM's Town Hall with Billy Joel hosted by Howard Stern at The Cutting Room on April 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Robin Quivers (L) and Howard Stern speak on stage during SiriusXM's Town Hall with Billy Joel hosted by Howard Stern at The Cutting Room on April 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Howard Stern speaks on stage during SiriusXM's Town Hall with Billy Joel hosted by Howard Stern at The Cutting Room on April 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 03: Katie Lee Joel and Billy Joel attend the wedding of Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky at Le Cirque on October 3, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Billy Joel performs duing SiriusXM's Town Hall with Billy Joel hosted by Howard Stern at The Cutting Room on April 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Boyz II Men perform on stage during SiriusXM's Town Hall with Billy Joel hosted by Howard Stern at The Cutting Room on April 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Melissa Etheridge performs at SiriusXM's Town Hall with Billy Joel hosted by Howard Stern at The Cutting Room on April 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Melissa Etheridge performs on stage during SiriusXM's Town Hall with Billy Joel hosted by Howard Stern at The Cutting Room on April 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
Sting sings as Billy Joel plays piano during the Rainforest Foundation Fund Benefit concert, Friday, May 19, 2006, at Carnegie Hall in New York. The Rainforest Fund, founded by Trudie Styler and husband Sting works to help indigenous peoples assert their rights and have their voices heard. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Billy Joel (L) and Sting attend NBCUniversal's Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together Relief Benefit on November 2, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Billy Joel performs on stage during STING: 25th Anniversary/60th Birthday Concert to Benefit Robin Hood Foundation at Beacon Theatre on October 1, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Billy Joel, in a wide-ranging interview at an event that included performances of his hits by Tony Bennett and Melissa Etheridge, dished on his past, including trying heroin and almost forming a supergroup with Sting.

The piano man opened up Monday in a two-hour interview with Howard Stern in front of 150 people in New York, where he also discussed his career, family, childhood and current month-to-month run at Madison Square Garden.

Joel, who's 64, said he tried heroin once but it "scared" him. He said it was the inspiration behind the song "Scandinavian Skies" from his 1982 album "The Nylon Curtain."

He also said he talked about forming a group with Sting, Don Henley and "another guitarist."

"I liked being in a band," he told the audience. "Someday we might put together a silly supergroup."

Bennett closed the three-hour event, which aired live on Stern's SiriusXM radio show, with a rousing rendition of "New York State of Mind" that earned him roaring cheers at the Cutting Room as Joel watched on. Etheridge was a firecracker when she played guitar and sang "Only the Good Die Young," which she said she listened to religiously in high school.

Joel said he doesn't have plans to release new music but said he recently recorded a Christmas song with Johnny Mathis, who's 78.

"He sounds great!" Joel said.

Joel answered questions from Stern, his sidekick Robin Quivers and fans, including TV personalities Rachael Ray and Matt Lauer, who asked about Joel's daughter, singer Alexa Ray Joel.

"She's really good," Joel said. "Everyone thinks dad set it up ... she did it on her own."

The interview ranged from Joel talking about attending the Woodstock festival in 1969, only to last a day and a half and miss Jimi Hendrix, to growing up Jewish on Long Island though he attended Catholic church and was baptized.

Joel sang and played piano between conversations and mimicked other artists including Johnny Cash to Elton John. He performed a duet version of "She's Always a Woman" with Pink, who walked down the aisle to the song when she got married in 2006.

"You changed my life. ... You were like a god that I prayed to. ... I am, too, a Jew who got baptized," Pink said to laughs.

"I got to see my dad get happy when your songs came on," added Pink, whose father and teary-eyed mother sat in the audience.

Joel also played piano as Tony Award-winning artist Idina Menzel sang "Honesty," and he was in awe when Boyz II Men performed "The Longest Time."

Joel is performing a monthly residency at Madison Square Garden. His next show is May 9, his 65th birthday.

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