MUSIC NEWS - Michael Todd, the bass player for Nyack, NY alt rockers Coheed and Cambria was arrested yesterday and charged with robbing a Massachusetts pharmacy of prescription painkillers just hours before a show.
Attleboro, MA police alledge that Todd entered the local Walgreen's pharmacy after 1 pm on Sunday and showed the pharmacist a note on his phone saying he had a bomb. Police say the 30-year-old Todd, of Anaheim, CA, then took off off with six bottles of Oxycontin and fled in a cab headed towards the Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA where the band was booked to open for Soundgarden. He was arrested at the arena prior to the show, and the band performed without him with one of the band's guitar techs standing in. Todd, 30, was charged with armed robbery and possession of a class B controlled substance.
He's being held at Attleboro PD on $10,000 bail with an arraignment scheduled for today, in the Attleboro District Court. We'll keep you updated. (Update- Attleboro District Court Judge Daniel O'Shea increased Todd's bail on Monday from $10,000 cash to $25,000 cash or $250,000 surety, noting Todd's out-of-state address and criminal record, including a previous drug conviction and arrest for reckless driving. He's due back in court on August 9,)
The band's Facebook page says the tour will continue on with long time C and C associate, Wes Styles replacing Tood for the rest of the tour. “We are surprised to say the least and will address the situation with Michael after the tour,” the posting said.
UPDATE 8/4/11- Now Coheed And Cambria has officially parted ways with Todd. A statement posted on their website said it was a “mutual decision between both parties.”
From CoheedAndCambria.com: “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.”