With former bassist Michael Todd is dealing with the fallout (read: awaiting trial for armed robbery) after having held up a Walgreen's in Massachusetts in an attempt to score some prescription drugs before a scheduled gig with Soundgarden last summer, Coheed and Cambria not only distanced themselves from him. They fired him. Now, they forward-thinking rockers have officially replaced him. There's nothing wrong with moving right along...

Former AM to AM bassist Zach Cooper is Co + Ca's new bass player. He's bearded to boot! Cooper is introduced via the video below, revealing how the band's manager called him out of the blue, asking him to audition for the band. Cooper termed the cold call and the subsequent process "surreal" and was floored that he was recommended. He says he is glad someone said nice things about him, which in turn got the band and its handlers to reach out.

Watch Cooper and Coheed and Cambria relay the process of welcoming him into the band via the audition process. The "excitement" and "flair" in Cooper's playing caught frontman Claudio Sanchez's attention. That's always a good thing. We're glad the band is moving onward and upward after last July's drama.

Watch Coheed and Cambria's Zach Cooper Introduction Video

Check out Coheed and Cambria (now also featuring former drummer Josh Eppard again) out on tour with Iron Maiden and Alice Cooper this summer:

21st June - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

23rd June - Atlanta, GA - Aarons Amphitheatre

26th June - Boston, MA - Comcast Center

27th June - Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach

29th June - Philadelphia, PI - Susquehanna Bank Center

30th June - Washington, DC - Jiffy Lube Live

2nd July - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center

5th July - Chicago, IL - First Midwest Bank

8th July - Quebec, QC - Colisee Pepsi Arena

11th July - Montreal, QC - Bell Center

13th July - Toronto, ON - Molson Amphitheatre

14th July - Sarnia, ON - Bayfest

16th July - Buffalo, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

18th July - Detroit, MI - DTE Music Theatre

19th July - Indianapolis, IN - Klipsch Music Centre

24th July - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Center

26th July - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome

27th July - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place

29th July - Vancouver, BC - Pacific Coliseum

30th July - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre

1st August - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre

3rd August - San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre

6th August - Phoenix, AZ - Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion

9th August - Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

12th August - Albuquerque. NM - Hard Rock Pavilion

13th August - Denver, CO - Comfort Dental Amphitheatre

15th August - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center

17th August - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion

18th August - Houston, TX - The Woodlands