The Observer admits, reluctantly, that Coheed and Cambria was probably his favorite band in high school. This band was basically a bunch of nerds that loved Iron Maiden and created an out of sequence tetralogy about the fictional Amory Wars, in which a character, Claudio (this happens to be the name of the band’s singer) returns from war to discover his family has been murdered and that he possesses special powers. It’s all very dweeby and proggy and The Observer does not know why he is admitting this to you, dear reader, except for the fact that Coheed and Cambria’s bassist Michael Todd was arrested for armed robbery around 1:00 pm on Sunday, according to Billboard. He was robbing a Walgreens in Attleboro, Massachusetts. Mr. Todd, 30, allegedly walked into the Walgreens, threatened a pharmacist with a “bomb threat” and demanded the painkiller Oxycontin. He was given six bottles of pills. Then he took a cab to the Comcast Center where Coheed and Cambria was scheduled to open for Soundgarden that night. Yes, Mr. Todd. That was a real foolproof plan. He has been charged with armed robbery and possession of a class B controlled substance. He is being held at Attleboro Police Department. His bail is set at $10,000.
The band released a real humdinger of a statement on its website, announcing they would continue the tour and deal with these problems later.
“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.”
Ice cold, Coheed and Cambria. Ice cold.
The band has not canceled any shows. Mr. Todd will be replaced by a “longtime member of the Coheed family,” Wes Styles.
The Observer regrets many of his music listening choices in high school deeply.
It is worth noting that the band is one of the uglier groups of men to ever get together in the same room to record a concept album.