Watch: Behind the Scenes With Phoenix

The band visits Ithaca, New York, shortly before its rousing MSG show

November 2, 2010 7:17 PM ET

In this behind-the-scenes video of Phoenix — filmed during a break from an interview with Rolling Stone just prior to their headlining show at Madison Square Garden (where they brought longtime friends Daft Punk onstage for an encore)—we see bandmembers Deck D'Arcy and Christian Mazzalai taking a tour through a "very exotic" cornfield in Ithaca, New York.

Photos: Backstage At Lollapalooza With Phoenix, Perry Farrell, Devo, Erykah Badu, The National and More

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