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Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 08:00 am PT (11:00 am ET)

Apple taps Linkin Park to perform at "secret" NYC event

Apple has enlisted the services of popular alternative rock band Linkin Park to perform at an unannounced company event due to take place in New York City, AppleInsider has been informed.

Mike Shinoda, front-man for the Grammy award winning group, revealed the plans in a brief message to his fans on Monday, in which he also acknowledged receipt of the band's second "ECHO" award — the German equivalent of a Grammy.

"Looking forward to our first show at Madison Square Garden this week (sold out)!," he wrote. "Also, look forward to a special show that we’re doing in NYC in conjunction with Apple…shh…it’s a secret…"

Linkin Park is currently in the middle of a nationwide tour with special guests Coheed & Cambria, and Chiodos. The band will be playing tonight in Baltimore, MD before its show Thursday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. It will then head south for shows in Lexington, KY and Nashville, TN on the 25th and 26th, respectively.

It's unclear whether this "secret" New York City event has anything to do with a an Apple product event rumored to take place during the final week of the month. The company, however, has yet to issue any form of invitation or acknowledgment of such an event, suggesting one is increasingly unlikely during that timeframe.

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