Coheed And Cambria bass player Michael Todd has left the band following his arrest for armed robbery last month.
Todd was arrested on July 10 and charged with armed robbery over accusations that he had entered a pharmacy in Massachusetts and told the cashier he would detonate a bomb unless he was given a large amount of the painkiller Oxycontin.
Police traced Todd after it was revealed he reportedly left the pharmacy via taxi and asked to be taken straight to the venue where Coheed And Cambria were supporting Soundgarden that night. He was arrested and has since been released on bail.
In a statement on the band’s official blog Childrenofthefence.tumblr.com, the prog rockers said:
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. A new chapter awaits
The band have named Todd‘s temporary replacement as Wes Styles.