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Coheed and Cambria Bassist Arrested for Pre-Concert Robbery


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There are plenty of ways rockers prepare for a gig: The Grateful Dead used to drop acid, Robert Plant reportedly drinks tea and irons his own clothes backstage to mellow out, and the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson sits in the empty venue hours beforehand to soak up the pre-show ambiance. For Coheed and Cambria bassist Michael Todd, getting ready for the prog-rock band's concert yesterday meant robbing a local pharmacy.

In what could be the wackiest music story we've read this year, Todd entered a Walgreen's in Attleboro, Massachusetts, and showed the pharmacist a cell phone note claiming he had a bomb. In exchange for not detonating the device, Todd demanded bottles of the painkiller OxyContin; he received six before fleeing the scene in a cab. And where did this getaway vehicle take Todd? To the nearby Comcast Center, where Coheed and Cambria were serving as an opening band for Soundgarden that night.

It seems like an awesome would-be alibi: "Well officers, there's no way I robbed that Walgreen's, I was opening for Soundgarden when that crime was committed." Unfortunately for Todd, police were able to track down his whereabouts through the taxi's dispatcher, TMZ reports. The cops caught up with him at the Comcast Center and after the cabbie, pharmacist, and store surveillance footage identified him, Todd was arrested. Todd was charged with armed robbery and possession of a Class B controlled substance and bail was set at $10,000.

Who is Michael Todd? Well, he's significant enough to have his own Wikipedia page. Todd had been a member of Coheed and Cambria since 1996, when the band was known as Shabütie. He remained a member of the band until 2006, when a heroin addiction forced him to leave the band and enter rehab. He rejoined the C&C the following year, and remained a member up until this most recent incident. You can spot Todd briefly on the rocking chair in the band's video for "Blood Run Summer":

Despite the arrest, Coheed and Cambria still opened for Soundgarden, but without Todd on bass. The band later revealed they wouldn't cancel their Soundgarden opening duties and that bassist Wes Styles would replace Todd for the foreseeable future. "Michael Todd was arrested today on what we consider very serious charges and therefore he will not be finishing up the current tour," the band said in a statement. "We are surprised to say the least and will address the situation with Michael after the tour."

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