06 Marzo 2017 17:57
When Blink-182 fired vocalist, guitarist and founder Tom DeLonge for being 'disrespectful and ungrateful', it looked like a fairly typical rock band spat.
But when, one year later (in 2016), DeLonge claimed that he'd quit the band to 'focus on UFO research', things took a turn for the weird. Was he joking? Was DeLonge truly a believer? Would he really have left one of punk-rock's biggest bands to dedicate his life to hunting down little green men?
A lot of people suspected DeLonge of having lost his marbles. But then he went and published a 700-page book on UFOs entitled Sekret Machines Book 1: Chasing Shadows. There are apparently more books in the pipeline. I think we can safely say that DeLonge is 100% serious about this.
Seckret Machines was considered so important to the UFO community that DeLonge has been named UFO Researcher of the Year by the OpenMinds organisation.
Although he wasn't able to accept the UFO Oscar in person, the musician made a video thanking the UFO community. In the clip DeLonge also claims that he will have an important announcement to make within the next 60 days.
'There's going to be an announcement in the next 60 days... I need you all (in the UFO community) to look really, really closely at it... because what that announcement is about is so much more than it will look like on the surface.'
We can but imagine what DeLonge's big announcement will be, but he has already made headlines for more than his book over the past year. Tom Delonge's name was featured in – of all places – the series of emails leaked from Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta (the Podesta emails), linking him directly with the White House.
This relationship has been confirmed by the musician himself who has gone on to claim that he has 'sources inside the aerospace industry, the Defense Department and NASA.' He has also stated that his research is not merely based on hunches and hearsay, giving assurances that his discoveries can be verified by the Government of the United States of America.
One thing's for sure, the path DeLonge is on is certainly an unusual one for an ex-rock star. Although perhaps we should have seen it coming... after all, even as far back as 1999 he was already dropping some pretty heavy hints...