Coheed And Cambria Split With Bassist

The band announces it will continue without bassist Michael Todd who allegedly attempted to hold up a drugstore last month.

It was only one month ago when Todd made news for allegedly threatening a Walgreens pharmacist in an apparent attempt to acquire a prescription painkiller. On July 10 just hours before Coheed And Cambria were to open for Soundgarden at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, Mass., Todd allegedly entered the Walgreens and handed the pharmacist a cell phone with a text message screen proclaiming he had a bomb and demanding OxyContin.

After the pharmacist reportedly told Todd the drugstore was out of OxyContin, Todd allegedly asked for another painkiller – Percocet – and eventually settled for six bottles of oxycodone, the drug contained in both OxyContin and Percocet.

After leaving Walgreens, Todd reportedly hailed a cab for a ride to the Comcast Center where he was later arrested. A guitar tech filled in for him that evening and within 24 hours Coheed And Cambria announced long-time band associate Wes Styles would play bass for the remainder of the tour.

Now Coheed And Cambria has officially split with Todd. A statement posted on the band’s website called it a “mutual decision between both parties.”


“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.”

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The statement goes on to say the band is working on a new album “as well as a couple compilations this fall,” and thanks Styles for his help, including playing bass for upcoming gigs in South America and Mexico. For more information, click here for the Coheed And Cambria website.