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In Which the Bassist from Coheed and Cambria Holds Up a Walgreens With an Alleged Bomb for Some Oxycontin

Sometimes there are the usual news stories relating to certain musicians' substance abuse issues -- ahem, Ms. Winehouse -- and sometimes there are just plain bizarre news stories. Mic Todd's Sunday escapade is definitely part of the latter.

Just look at the guy's mugshot -- he looks like a man who is battling a crippling addiction to painkillers, a la vintage, early 1990's Bret Favre. In both instances, those suffering from their addiction were hardly in dire financial or professional straits. Yet there they both were, doing stupid shit to jeopardize their careers -- not to mention the well-being of those who rely on them as a part of their team or band. Favre, at least, didn't hold up a Walgreens while threatening to detonate a bomb.

Thus we are forced to rejoin the saga of Mic Todd, who has played bass for Coheed and Cambria since they were known as Shabütie in 1996. Todd has had problems with substance abuse in the past, leaving the band's European tour in 2006 to check into rehab for a heroin addiction, and eventually rejoining the band in 2007. While Todd's Sunday arrest is certainly bizarre in scope, there is some credence to the fact that he has struggled with his demons in the past.

But threatening to blow up an Attleboro, Massachusetts Walgreens with a bomb for six bottles of Oxycontin? Something just doesn't sound right. Coheed and Cambria are a rather well-known band -- they are currently singed to Columbia and are on tour opening for the newly-reunited Soungarden. Things, it's safe to say, are going the band's way. 

It makes Todd's arrest all the more troubling -- had the band been on some sort of hiatus and Todd was jonesing for a fix, not currently touring or recording, then his actions might have been somewhat understandable. Yet he was currently on tour -- a rather high-profile tour, I might add -- and still decided to rob a Walgreens and to use a taxi as his getaway car. It's hardly a surprise that the taxi driver helped identify Todd once he was arrested at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts -- where the band was scheduled to play that night.

Coheed and Cambria have enlisted Wes Styles to play bass for the rest of the tour while Todd remains detained on charges of armed robbery and possession of a controlled substance. The band had this to say about the incident:

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.

It sounds like the band was both somewhat prepared yet absolutely blindsided by Todd's actions -- "what we consider very serious charges...We are surprised to say the least." I don't blame them -- there is very little that makes sense about this whole scenario. One thing that can be learned from this ordeal is to not abuse Oxycontin -- it turns you into a complete dumbass and makes you do regrettable things.
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