Linkin Park, whose new platter 'A Thousand Suns' hits shelves this Tuesday, performed tonight at MTV's Video Music Awards. Only the band didn't perform at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles like all the other acts. Instead, the California rockers served up a thrilling version of their new single, 'The Catalyst,' at a 'secret' satellite location, which turned out to be the Griffith Observatory overlooking Hollywood -- a location you might recognize from the 1955 James Dean and Dennis Hopper film 'Rebel Without a Cause.'

This year's VMA show rebels performed as the sun was setting to a throng of screaming fans amid a stunning light show and plenty of smoke machines.