Coheed and Cambria
bass player Mike Todd has been arrested on charges of robbery just hours before
his band were due to take to the stage opening up for Soundgarden on Sunday.
Attleboro, MA police say the bassist walked into Walgreens pharmacy after 1
p.m. on Sunday and showed the staff a note on his telephone claiming he had a
bomb. The 30-year-old musician then demanded six bottles of OxyContin before
departing in a taxi cab to the Comcast Centre in Mansfield, where Coheed and
Cambria were backstage getting ready to go on.
He was arrested at the venue and charged with armed robbery and possession of a controlled substance. The band, who performed without him, posted a message on their Facebook page explaining that Todd would be replaced by Wes Styles for the remaining dates of the tour, adding, "We are surprised to say the least and will address the situation with Michael after the tour.”
Todd is scheduled to be arraigned today in Attleboro District Court. The band's website says the tour will continue.
This is not the first time Todd has faltered. Back in 2006, at the start of their European tour, the bassist left his band due to his growing drug problem, checking into a rehab facility. While he was gone, the band hired Matt Williams, a friend of the band from pre-Coheed days to fill in for him.
Todd, who lives in Anaheim, CA, is an Ulster County, NY native and the son of Ward Todd, president of the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce.