Classic GN'R Reunion Will Happen in Next Two Years, Claims Axl's Former Manager

"Duff is paving the way to open the gates again," Craig Duswalt says.

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Duff McKagan's latest string of performances with Guns N' Roses will turn out to be more than just a set of any gigs, but the beginning of the band's classic lineup reunion, or at least so claims Axl Rose's former personal manager, Craig Duswalt.

Duswalt, who had been handling the singer's affairs during the "Use Your Illusion" tour, is confident that Duff is clearing the way for the rest of the old-school crew and should ultimately make the reunion possible in the next two years.

"Duff is paving the way to open the gates again," Duswalt told ABC News. "Axl and Duff are really getting along well at the concerts, so there's an opening."

Describing McKagan's return to cover the group's current bassist Tommy Stinson as the first glimpse of hope fans got in a while, Craig remembered a moment when Slash was seemingly open to burry the hatchet with Rose.

"About five years ago, Slash went to Axl's house one day, and Axl didn't want to see him," he said. "We thought for a while, yes [a reunion could happen], but then it just got ugly again and we thought, 'There's no way.'"

Discussing the mysterious feud between the two icons, the manager added, "It was a thing that happened at the end of ['Use Your Illusion']. There were also the differences in music, like Slash wanted to do more hard rock stuff and Axl wanted to do more ballads, rock ballads. There was that difference, but there was a specific thing that happened that both of them are at odds over."

Saying how he knows "for a fact they hate each other right now," Duswalt concluded. "It's bad. Axl is a loyal guy and you get on his bad side and some people don't come back, but Slash and him were so close. We [in the old-school Guns camp] all have a feeling it will happen. It's gonna happen in the next two years... there's an opening because of Duff playing with Axl."

In recent GN'R news, Rose has confirmed that the band has two albums worth of unreleased material and has actually considered Duff's full-time return to the fold as a legitimate possibility.

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    jowe
    Title should be renamed, "Ex Manager with knowledge from 20 years ago has opinion about GNR renunion."
    Jimmeister
    I'm cautious as to whether a classic GN'R reunion is a good thing to be honest
    N3WW4V3N1NJ4
    This would be cool I wish it were not a delayed April fools prank article...
    bobbyk1978
    This would be cool if Axl could still sing, but his voice is flat out gone live now.
    miahdoll
    Exactly dude! It'll never happen. And believe me, I would love to see it, and I'd pay any amount to see it. The only way Axl will get back with Slash and the rest of the guys is if he was running out of money. I don't that's happening anytime soon either.
    Zaqua
    Was going to say the same thing. He's about 2 months late for April fools.
    Ikillintel
    crickets
    Shaggy91
    seriously, enough of this. Tickets would be expensive and I dont care enough to be excited. Wake me up when they come out with another Appetite-level song
    Witt1975
    It's just not going to happen. No matter how much I, or any other "classic GNR lineup" fan want it to. Slash has made this abundantly clear in his book, in interviews etc.
    dorpzot
    Yeah, and monkeys might fly out of my butt.
    hudsonstradlin
    I'm a butt monkey and I find this offensive.
    JustStayDown90
    Wait, so generic 9gag comment gets gold?
    JustStayDown90
    Can I just be honest? I love how Axl sounded in the late 80's and early 90's, but he can't sing live anymore. The downvotes will commence, but the truth will not be undermined.
    joplambrix
    you're right tho. I've seen GnR perform in 2011 (i believe) and left after 3 songs because it was terrible. Guns N Roses isn't the same. The songs are wicked, but with Axl's voice these days and all these different musicians, you might as well go check out a cover band.
    TheRegularJohn
    I did check out a cover band, and I would pay the same amount of money to see The Guns N' Roses Experience than I would to see Axl and his cronies.
    Dani_G
    come onnnnn...don't be like that! Just for that, you are getting an upvote from me
    AlanHB
    I saw Guns n Roses last year - Axl can't sing anymore. He does have a great band though (especially Bumblefoot and Fortus), and I really liked Chinese Democracy too.
    cyclonus
    You've got more of a chance of Axl Rose and his hired Guns releasing a new album before that happens
    slapsymcdougal
    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. *deep breath* Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah ahaha.
    TJWhonley
    I'd rather Izzy, Slash and Duff did a tour with Myles Kenedy, Axl just can't sing any more.
    georgi.artakov
    A part of me wishes to see Slash back where he belongs but I don't know man... it just won't be the same.
    Salvo416
    Kurt Cobain Dave Grohl and Krist Novelselic have a better chance of reuniting.
    sotp
    Don't do this to me, man.. DON'T PLAY WITH MY EMOTIONS LIKE THAT
    Irwin Navarro
    Meh, to be honest I'd rather see Slash, Duff, and Steven collaborate with Myles K and Gilby Clarke. It's the closest thing to a real GNR reunion. Truth be told, Axl will NEVER play with Slash again, and Izzy is over the "rockstar" status he once had....
    Mixloopx
    As unpopular as it may sound, I hope they don't reunite.I like the direction Guns N' Roses took with Chinese Democracy. I thought Axl did a great job with the songwriting and I'm curious as to what they will do next. I appreciate the fact that Axl is always trying to experiment with different styles and arrangements. Slash is doing great things with Myles Kennedy and he seems to be enjoying himself playing his classic hard rock and being in control of his band. It seems that putting them together again would just hinder their creativity and create unnecessary tension.
    rockstarbear
    I expect to be in the minority, but I just want to see a stable lineup. Switching members was a big part of the Chinese Democracy delay. Brain talked about having to replicate Josh Freese's parts exactly for the entire record, which took months. I'd rather have two new records of unheard songs from NewGNR than a reunion tour with no new music from OldGNR.
    ifc69
    Agreed. To me it would be more interesting to know what kind of stuff they were working on back in the day than have a reunion that will most likely be a disappointment.
    JAHellraiser
    this is really their main problem (besides the constant "Original members reunion!" that people keep going on about). They need some type of constant. Honestly I think Axl should've done a solo album like slash, have a bunch of different musicians with him doing all the singing, because that's kind of what CD turned into.
    JAHellraiser
    notice how everyone is just concerned about a reunion and not their actual friendship. Restoring the friendship should be the main concern, and then if they become friends again it could be possible to see a reunion. It's like skipping a significant part of a relationship, it just won't work out in the long run, and possibly even the short.
    kill it
    it will happen but way too late to be amazing. they simply can't recreate the youthful energy and recklessness in their sound at this time in their lives. it will be good, but not as great as it once was. My tribute to a great band.
    PsiGuy60
    As much as I would like to see this happen, it won't. Slash and Axl just hate each other too much.
    GenerationKILL
    I saw the Police reunite for a tour. If those three can get back together, anyone can. Including the original Guns N Roses. Steven Adler should be allowed back in. Just sayin'
    paulyg
    If they do reunite, i wonder if it will be Adler or Sorum behind the kit.
    SkilletFan77
    I can see everyone but Slash... That's not going to happen. He's been offered millions of dollars to reunite Guns, only to turn it down.
    Sonicgogo
    As much as I prefer the early Guns n Roses, I have to add in that the GNR concert I was at two years ago was unbelievable. I'm a new generation fan, yes, however I only went to be able to say I say Axl at one point (Die hard Slash fan, my rig can speak to that). I went with low expectations but Axl hit every note spot on without lowering any studio pitches, and I consider my sense of pitch quite good (11 year musician and choral major).Or maybe I just caught one of his best performances. Just figured I'd put in my two cents.
    MattCox12345
    Slash won't rejoin until he gets an apology from Axl and Izzy might come back, Steven can't play anymore.
    d.floresumana
    Could someone explain to me where in hell did this guy find that the reunion will be in two years??? How can you came up with that figure! I just don't understand! I'd like to see Duff back... And Izzy! Slash not so much... Now... in the case of a reunion... Adler or Sorum... I like them both!!
    Cazman
    That reminds me: what is Adler doing right now? Ever since he stopped paying blabbermouth to have two articles per day, I haven't heard of him.
    Chronologo
    FORMER Manager, NEXT 2 YEARS. It won't happen, you can't put a time stretch when it comes to personal emotions and grudges.
    greif hammer
    So what makes this former manager's opinions more concrete than any other random person who wants the original line up back together?
    rootsofmy
    What if Tim Lambesis was actually going to hire a hitman for Axl, but was too afraid of being called "GnR hater" or something?
    Thomasg2488
    In other news, water is wet. LET IT GO. The problem is first off, someone in the classic lineup band, probably Slash, will say that Axl needs to get in shape because he can't sing like he used to. The second problem, you won't get that same energy, it's just too late. Let it be and move on.
    Cazman
    "About five years ago, Slash went to Axl's house one day, and Axl didn't want to see him" What a ****ing child. Probably hiding in a bathroom the whole time.
    insydney
    Back then why would Axl want to see Slash? Everyone conveniently forgets that for years and years Slash kept trashing Axl publicly and Axl just stood there quiet. Slash wasn't a saint like people like to believe, he did his fair share of damage and I don't doubt Axl got hurt. This is one of those cases where nobody is innocent.
    scorpio2billion
    They should do it, so that everyone can hear it and say "Well, that was a bad idea.", and go on with their lives.
    FUglySchtick
    G n' R was done by the time I was ten. Honestly, I don't foresee it happening. Between Slash and Axle it'd be like Godzilla v.s. King Kong in the ego arena; not to call either one of them an egotist, but the fact remains with that much star power things could get really ugly. It's not that I don't understand the "never forgive, never forget" ethos, but theirs a fine line between looking out for oneself and pettiness. Honestly I could understand either one of them being unwilling to forgive. However, forgiveness and letting something go are two entirely different things. They both need to drop whatever happened. I don't think it'll happen.
    brunopompeualme
    If it happens would never be the same, and would be a step back for Slash, Duff and Izzy because they already proved that they were the truly essence of GnR not just Axl, like their "fans" think. Slash solo stuff with Myles and Duff's Loaded are both great, so if the classic GnR return it will be done just for money.
    soulgrenade
    In two years, after they all go to rehab. Seen them twice back in the day and they were all drunk and sounded awful.
    VoXBOss2011
    I wouldn't mind seeing it happen, IF it does happen.. It wouldn't be the same but who's to say if they had've stayed that it's be the same brand of badass rock n' roll that was displayed on Appetite? I believe that if they were open to the idea, that it could work, and if not Slash has always got Myles and The Conspirators to count on.