I can’t pinpoint the exact point in time that Tom DeLonge went from ‘Blink-182 guy’ to ‘alien guy’ in my head, but I can definitively tell you that this has happened. After he was kicked out of the band in 2015, DeLonge’s already well-established interest in aliens turned into something much, much bigger. As an example: In 2017, we found out that Tom DeLonge’s UFO investigation organisation had hired the man who used to head up the US Department of Defence UFO project. I swear to god this is entirely true.

He is, in no uncertain terms, deadly serious about all this. Here is the synopsis for one of the two books that he wrote on the subject:

Written by Open Mind‘s 2017 UFO Researcher of the Year and acclaimed producer Tom DeLonge with NYTimes bestselling academic AJ Hartley in a powerful collaboration with top government officials that keep the truth on course while revealing fascinating secrets surrounding the true, well-documented events of Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon.

In addition to the books, he announced late last year that he was working on a science fiction TV show called Strange Times, an adaptation of a graphic novel that he wrote. If that wasn’t enough, he is now working on another show, this time a UFO documentary series for the History Channel.

The series, which DeLonge is executive producing, will be called Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation and is expected to premiere in May. The show will feature interviews with Luis Elizondo, the aforementioned former head of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program being run out of the Pentagon, as you will see in the brief trailer that the History Channel has put up:

I don’t think anyone would have predicted that this is where DeLonge’s career was heading but I, for one, am not particularly mad about it.

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