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What really happened next: American artist Ben Folds discusses the fallout of trashing Nine's late music director Geoff Harvey's piano on live TV in 1997

By Joshua Fox For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 07:40 BST, 25 August 2019 | Updated: 07:40 BST, 25 August 2019

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American singer-songwriter Ben Folds has opened up about the fallout of his historical performance on Nine's Midday in 1997. 

During the controversial set with his band, Ben Folds Five, the 52-year-old famously trashed a piano by hurling a stool at it on live TV. 

Speaking to the Herald Sun on Sunday, the musician explained that Nine's late music director, Geoff Harvey, who owned the piano, was less than happy. 

American artist Ben Folds (pictured) has discussed the fall out of trashing Nine late music director Geoff Harvey's piano on live TV during a performance with Ben Folds Five in 1997

American artist Ben Folds (pictured) has discussed the fall out of trashing Nine late music director Geoff Harvey's piano on live TV during a performance with Ben Folds Five in 1997

'[Geoff] explained to me … "I was serious I wanted to rip you limb from limb",' said Ben, explaining that he tried to flee the studio immediately afterwards.

'Then Geoff Harvey was on television talking about how horrible I am. I knew at that moment that our record would debut in the top five, which it did.'

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