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Coheed And Cambria bassist charged with armed robbery

By | Published on Tuesday 12 July 2011

Coheed And Cambria

Coheed And Cambria bassist Michael Todd has been arrested and charged with armed robbery by police in Massachusetts. The alleged incident happened in Attleboro, shortly before the band were due to support Soundgarden at the city’s Comcast Center.

According to TMZ, Todd entered a pharmacy and showed the pharmacist a note on his mobile phone which said he had a bomb, and that he’d detonate it if he wasn’t given several bottles of the painkiller tablet Oxycontin. He fled in a taxi with six bottles of the pills, but was later arrested after being identified by the pharmacist and the taxi driver, as well as on CCTV footage of the robbery.

In a statement, Coheed And Cambria told fans that they would continue without Todd for their remaining tour dates. They said: “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 cancelled”.

They added: “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”.

The bassist previously spent time away from the band in 2006 to seek treatment for heroin addiction.