Coheed and Cambria’s bassist Michael Todd was arrested before his band opened up for Soundgarden in Mansfield, Mass. According to TMZ, Todd “showed a pharmacist a cell phone note that said he had a bomb and demanded Oxycontin. He made off with six bottles of pain pills and fled via taxi.” Police then tracked the cab to the Comcast Center for the Performing Arts, the venue hosting the show. TMZ also reports that Todd was charged with armed robbery and unlawful possession of prescription narcotics, and will be arraigned tomorrow morning. This was the last of seven dates that Coheed And Cambria and Soundgarden were doing a tour together.
Todd is being held on $10,000 bail.
Coheed and Cambria had this to say about the incident:
“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.”
In 2006, Todd quit the band so he could attend drug rehab.