Coheed and Cambria bassist Michael Todd has been asked to leave the band after Todd was arrested for robbery shortly before the band were due to play a show, early last month.
A statement was released by the band last night
“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.”
As was reported around a month ago, Todd held up a pharmacy by handing the pharmacist a cell phone with note claiming he had a bomb. He then fled in a taxi with 6 bottles of Oxycontin (an addictive pain killer) and was arrested on arrival at the Comcast Centre (Massachusetts USA), where Coheed and Cambria were set up and about to go on stage in support for Soundgarden.
The rest of the band were surprised to hear about his actions, and have continued their current tour without him.
Todd was released on bail a few weeks ago after posting the required $25,000. He is still waiting to face court on charges.
It’s not the first time he has been forced out the band after troubles with addiction. In 2006 he left the band for rehab to treat a heroin addiction, before returning in 2007.