Well, this isn’t good.
Coheed & Cambria Bassist Michael Todd was arrested yesterday afternoon for armed robbery of a Walgreens pharmacy in Mansfield, Massachussetts. He claimed he had a bomb and demanded Oxycontin. As reported by TMZ, he apparently made off with six bottles of the stuff and jumped into a taxi, but cops quickly tracked him down.
All this while Todd was on his way to play show opening for Soundgarden that night at the Comcast Center. Ouch!
I don’t have a whole lot to say about this, but as a Coheed fan it’s obviously very disappointing and disturbing. Todd has a past history of heroin/painkiller addiction, but supposedly he has been clean for years. Either way, this is definitely a surprising new low, and I would imagine he just may be out of a job when he gets out of jail.
Coheed & Cambria are pressing on, with their touring keyboardist Wes Styles filling in on bass for the remainder of the tour. The band issued the following statement via their website:
“Michael Todd was arrested today on what we consider very serious charges and therefore he will not be finishing up the current tour. Wes Styles, longtime member of the Coheed family, will take on bass duties starting tomorrow for the remaining dates. No shows will be canceled.
We are surprised, to say the least, and will address the situation with Michael after the tour. For now, we just want to have a great time out here and finish with some killer shows in Boston, Poughkeepsie, Quebec City and Halifax.”