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The Police Plot Reunion Tour CD/DVD, EBay Auctions

July 15, 2008 4:11 PM ET

The Police will release a live CD/DVD set documenting their year-plus reunion tour. Drummer Stewart Copeland says two of the band's Buenos Aires concerts in early December were recorded for the album. The double-disc set is expected out later this year. A documentary about the reunion tour, titled Better Than Therapy, will also be included on the DVD, with Copeland's son Jordan the director of the doc. The reformed Police will perform their last concert together August 7th at New York City's Madison Square Garden. That concert will benefit public television stations in New York. As another tie-in, the band will host a number of eBay auctions featuring VIP ticket packages and autographed memorabilia, all benefitting public television. For more information on the auctions, hit up the eBay site here.

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