August 05, 2011 at 02:28 PM EDT

Coheed and Cambria

Current Status
In Season

Nearly a month after he was arrested for robbing a pharmacy in Massachusetts hours before he was supposed to be on stage, Coheed and Cambria bassist Michael Todd has parted ways with the band.

“After a lot of thought, introspection and discussion, Coheed and Cambria will be continuing our journey without bassist Michael Todd,” the group announced in a statement posted to their official website. “We have spoken to him and this is a mutual decision between both parties.”

The group noted that they are currently working on new music for a number of upcoming projects and will also be headed out on the road in the fall to play festivals in Brazil and Mexico. Touring keyboardist Wes Styles will fill in on bass duties.

This isn’t the first time Todd has left the band. In 2006, he bailed out on a tour of Europe to check into rehab to treat his addiction to heroin. He returned in time to record the group’s 2007 album Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow.

It’s uncertain whether or not Styles will just assume bass duties or if they’ll hire somebody new, but there are a handful of four-string free agents out there the group could sign. Melissa Auf der Maur has spent her career being heavy (she has played in Hole, Smashing Pumpkins, and a Black Sabbath covers band called Hand of Doom) and even lives pretty close to Coheed and Cambria’s upstate New York home base. Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted is always available. And even though Les Claypool has a new Primus album coming out in September, he’d probably be game for a little prog noodling.

What bass-playing free agent would you put in Coheed and Cambria? Let us know in the comments!


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