Coheed And Cambria have parted company with bassist Mic Todd following his recent arrest on July 10.
Todd is said to have entered a pharmacy in Attleboro, Massachusetts at around 1pm, and according to police reports, “threatened a pharmacist with a bomb threat and demanded Oxycontin” before being given six bottles of pills.
Police pursued a taxi en route to the Comcast Centre, where the band were supporting Soundgarden that evening. Todd, who has a history of drug abuse, was arrested and charged with armed robbery and possession of a controlled substance. He is currently awaiting a trial.
Coheed And Cambria have since decided to move on without Todd. A statement posted on their official site reads as follows:
“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. Love, Coheed and Cambria”
Band replace Mic for remaining tour dates after he’s arrested minutes before a show on suspicion of holding up drugstore
He’s said to have entered a branch of the Waldgreens chain in Attleboro, Massachusetts, just before 1pm local time. It’s reported he showed a pharmacist a message on his phone which claimed a bomb would be detonated if they didn’t hand over an amount of prescription painkillers.
The thief left the premises with six bottles of pills and hired a cab. Police investigation suggested the vehicle in question had taken the suspect to the tour bus area of the Comcast Center in nearby Mansfield, where Coheed and Cambria were preparing to support Soundgarden.
Police officers arrested him just minutes before the band were set to hit the stage. He was identified as the suspect by store staff, the cab driver and by CCTV footage.
The band says in a 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 cancelled.
“We are surprised to say the least – and we 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.”
Todd, 30, has a history of substance abuse and left the band for a year in 2006 in an attempt to deal with heroin addiction.
He will appear in Attleboro District Court today and is being held on $10,000 bail.
Reunited Seattle grunge legends SOUNDGARDEN kicked off their first full-fledged tour in 14 years Saturday, July 2 at the Molson Ampitheatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
“Welcome to the first show of the first tour in 13, 14 years,” said vocalist Chris Cornell before adding, “This is the best place to start. It sounds like bullshit, but it’s not bullshit.”
The band’s setlist was as follows:
01. Black Rain
02. Searching With My Good Eye Closed
05. Rusty Cage
06. Blow Up the Outside World
07. Let Me Drown
08. Jesus Christ Pose
09. My Wave
10. The Day I Tried to Live
12. Beyond the Wheel
13. Fell on Black Days
14. Ugly Truth
15. Burden in My Hand
17. Black Hole Sun
18. 4th of July
19. Face Pollution
20. Like Suicide
21. Slaves & Bulldozers
Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below.
SOUNDGARDEN‘s current tour is scheduled to wrap up on July 30 in George, Washington. The band has played only a handful of dates since reuniting in early 2010, and drummer Matt Cameron told The Pulse Of Radio he hopes to dig deep into their catalog on this run of shows. “I think that’d be great, to be able to play a large variety of songs from our catalog, you know, ’cause some of my favorite songs are like kind of the ’80s era of SOUNDGARDEN, kind of the earlier, kind of New Wavier stuff. I really like that era of the group, so hopefully, you know, we can delve even farther into it.”
Opening acts on various dates will be COHEED AND CAMBRIA, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, MASTODON, THE MEAT PUPPETS and THE MARS VOLTA.
SOUNDGARDEN reunited last year and issued its first concert set in March, titled “Live On I5”. The disc was recorded on a West Coast tour shortly before the group disbanded in 1997.