Michael (Mic) Todd, bassist of Coheed And Cambria, was arrested for armed robbery earlier tonight minutes before the band was suppose to open for Soundgarden at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA. According to the TMZ, Todd allegedly walked into a Walgreens in Attleboro, MA with a fake bomb. He threatened to blow up the store if he wasn’t given Oxycontin. Todd made off with six bottles of the pain pill before police tracked the cab he escaped in. He was arrested outside of the concert’s venue, and officially charged with armed robbery and unlawful possession of prescription narcotics.
Coheed And Cambria confirmed this news, and that they would continue on with their scheduled dates despite what happened, shortly after the incident. They releasing the following statement:
“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, long time 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.”
Unfortunately, this is not the first time the bassist has had a problem with drugs. Todd left Coheed AndCambria in 2006 due to a growing addiction to heroin. However, after a stint in rehab, Todd returned to the band in 2007. Nonetheless, this news comes as an enormous shock. It almost seems to crazy to be true, seeing how busy the band has been as of late (both with their opening gigs for Soundgarden and their 10th Anniversary tour this past Spring). However, it’s clear that Todd still struggles with addiction and we hope he receives the help he obviously needs.
We’ll keep you posted when more develops regarding this story.