Police Reunite - Copeland Sues The Doors

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The Police gave the audience at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony a special treat on Monday night when the trio reunited in honor of their induction. 

Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers took the stage together for the first time in 18 years at the decidedly un-rock n roll black tie affair at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.  

Although the set was short, the band treated those in attendance with three of their biggest hits, "Roxanne," "Every Breath You Take" and "Message in a Bottle."

It was a lighthearted performance as Andy Summers joked from the stage, “I'd like to make it very clear that there is absolutely no ego in our band whatsoever." 

The self-deprecating humor was targeting what is believed to be the main reason for the groups demise 18 years ago—ego. 

Fans will be able to watch the performance courtesy of VH1 when they broadcast highlights from the ceremony on March 16th.

Copeland Sues The Doors.

In related news, Stewart Copeland has filed suit against The Doors’ Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger. 

Copeland was part of the reunited Doors that also features The Cult’s Ian Astbury on vocals but it now appears that he has been replaced by Los Angeles session drummer Ty Dennis. 

Copeland filed suit last Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court claiming breach of oral contract and is asking the court to award him damages in excess of $1 million dollars. 

Copeland performed with the reunited Doors at various events last year but was replaced by Dennis for a press related concert on January 31th in Los Angeles. At the time Copeland’s absence was blamed on a elbow injury he suffered from a biking accident last November.  When asked if Copeland would join the new Doors lineup during the up coming tour, Manzarek said at the time, "If Stewart can do it, fine. If he can't do it, Ty'll do it." 

The band is also facing a lawsuit from original drummer John Densmore, who sued the two original members seeking to retain an injunction barring them from using the Doors name.  At press time that suit has not been settled or decided. 

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