The bassist for progressive rock band Coheed and Cambria was arrested Sunday for walking into a Massachusetts Walgreens and telling a worker he had a bomb, and would detonate it if he wasn't given Oxycontin. The clerk gave Michael Todd, 30, six bottles of the drug, and he hopped in a taxi and sped away.
The band was set to open for Soundgarden at Comcast Center in Mansfield later that night, and that's exactly where police arrested Todd, with help from the taxi driver. Coheed and Cambria performed their set without him, and posted this official statement on the matter:
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.
Todd was charged with armed robbery and possession of a controlled substance, and is being held on $10,000 bail until his arraignment on Monday morning. Moral of the story? Don't do Oxycontin. It makes you do stupid things. [NY Post, TMZ, mugshot via Post]