Commandment number 11: Thou shalt not upset Axl Rose.
Kevin Cogill, a blogger from Los Angeles, was arrested by U.S. federal officials yesterday after he leaked tracks from the upcoming Guns N’ Roses album “Chinese Democracy” on his Web site. The “new” album, which the band has been working on for 14 years, is finally scheduled for a release later this year.
Fourteen years of waiting was apparently too much for Cogill, who taunted the band on his Web site under this screen name “Skwerl” before posting nine of their songs. Despite having earned their fame writing songs about “wild living, violence, drugs and girls,” as AFP so eloquently puts it, the band immediately got the law on their side and filed a cease-and-desist order against Cogill. After the rush of traffic to hear the songs crashed his Web site, and then upon hearing from the FBI, Cogill took down the songs. Still, he could face a maximum of five years in prison.