We were shocked when bassist Mic Todd was arrested for robbing a pharmacy for Oxycontin with a fake bomb minutes before Coheed And Cambria was supposed to take the stage in Massachusetts. It’s less shocking, though, that his actions would lead to his departure from the band.
Though it may have been inevitable, Coheed And Cambria made Todd’s exit from the group official today, releasing the following statement:
“After a lot of thought, introspection and discussion, Coheed and Cambria will be continuing our journey without bassist Michael Todd. We have spoken to him and this is a mutual decision between both parties. Michael was a great contributor; our hearts go out to his family and to all those who appreciate his talents. We wish him nothing but the very best.
We are currently writing and recording songs for a new album, as well as a couple compilations this fall. We are very excited about how the songs are shaping up and can’t wait to share them with you.
We’d like to thank Wes Styles for filling in for the live gigs in the interim, including the upcoming South America and Mexico shows. A belated thanks to Rob Gill for covering in Boston; and the biggest thank you to all of you for your unwavering support.
A new chapter awaits.
Coheed and Cambria”
This actually marks the second time Todd parted ways with the band over his battle with drugs, having left the group in 2006 due to his heroin addiction. Todd returned to the band a year later, though, after a stint in rehab. Two weeks after his most recent arrest, Todd was released from jail after posting a $25,000 bail.
It’s unclear as to whether Coheed And Cambria have found a new permanent bassist. We can only imagine how hard of a decision this was for the band. However, it is abundantly clear that the road is the last place Todd should be.