The musician, best known as the former guitarist and singer of American pop-punk group Blink-182, helped found the To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science in the United States in 2017 and is featured in the television series Unidentified : Inside America’s UFO. Investigation.
Earlier this year, three videos of “unidentified aerial phenomena” (PAU) that had been released by the organization in 2017 and 2018 were declassified by the Pentagon.
The black and white videos were recorded by Navy pilots – one in November 2004 and two in January 2015, said the US Department of Defense.
DeLonge is still the frontman of his other group, Angels & Airwaves, but left Blink-182 in early 2015, having previously been headlining the Reading et Leeds festival in UK the previous summer.
He claims to have seen too much evidence not to believe and would not have left this life for something “pie in the sky”.
“I have personally seen huge amounts of data,” he told Sky News on a Zoom call from San Diego, California.
“You have to understand, the last show I played before I started To The Stars Academy was actually in the UK. My group was headlining Reading and Leeds.
“You know, it’s like, there’s a hundred thousand people there. ‘And you decided to leave that to go hunting monsters and ghosts?’ You know, I’m not stupid, I’m a pretty smart guy.
“I have been integrated into a group of people and I am an important part of an absolutely deep and [has] already started to change the world. And it will do a lot more.
“Would I quit rock and roll just to go do something that there’s no data on and it’s just like a pie in the sky and we’re just imagining things?” No! Why would I do it? I mean, it’s crazy.
“But would I leave it for something that I really think can change the world and have a positive impact and make it a better place, and something that needs to be addressed, something serious?” ”
DeLonge, 44, says he realizes the UAP theory might be “confusing” and “hard to digest” for some, but wants to be “at the forefront of something that’s going to come out.” and to be the most revolutionary subject ”.
Following the launch of Unidentified last year, the show is back for a second series.
Investigators followed on the show include former military intelligence official and special agent in charge, Luis Elizondo, and former deputy assistant secretary of defense and intelligence, Chris Mellon.
Elizondo, who also participates in the Zoom Call, led a top-secret $ 22 million project – officially called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) – to investigate the possible UFO threat, from 2007. to 2012.
He says the topic is “full of taboos and stigma … because most people immediately jump at the conclusion of the foil hats and, in quotes,” Elvis being on the mothership. ” ”
He continues, “All of a sudden, lo and behold, the world finds out that we actually had a real program with $ 22 million in taxpayer dollars to actually watch UFOs, but no one wanted to talk about it. ”
Elizondo says DeLonge “isn’t afraid to take a topic that’s controversial and hit it head on” and that his involvement helps get people talking about it.
DeLonge says he experienced the stigma himself in the early days of Blink-182, which he co-founded with Mark Hoppus and former drummer Scott Raynor in the early 1990s. Current drummer Travis Barker has joined in 1998, a year before the release of their third and biggest album Enema Of The State, and the group now performs with Matt Skiba after DeLonge left.
“It’s funny, the first stigma I experienced was actually in my group, Blink-182,” he says.
“We didn’t have iPhones when we were traveling in a van, so I was reading these books on unidentified aerial phenomena… it’s kind of something hiding in plain sight, but people didn’t. never really looked for, read or taken seriously.
“Here I’m in the back of the van and I read this stuff and I remember I was just like, ‘oh my god, oh my god did you know that?’ I remember my party members just thinking I was crazy and stalking them.
“It kind of became a joke that we all played on, where I always talked about it and they knew it was kind of my thing, but that was just the beginning where I really realized that… you know, it’s really hard for people to digest because we’re stuck in a very physical science.
“For example, what is the temperature of that, or the density of that, or the provable this or that, when things to do with unidentified aerial phenomena could use the forces of nature … in a way that we don’t don’t easily study every day, or we’re just starting to do it.
“I mean, 20 years ago it was kind of like, they’re ships and they’ve got to be from a planet, or they’re an alien, and that’s kind of where I was when I was. was in my twenties in the van.
“Over time, as science evolves and evolves and we start to take these things more seriously and understand some of the other metrics about it, I just think we’re going to find – I guess, I don’t know – but my gut is we’re going to find out there’s a lot more to this.
“But the only way to do that is to make sure that the stigma goes away and that we involve the best scientists and get the best facilities and government working together. ”
DeLonge says the Pentagon officially releasing all three videos earlier this year “was a big deal” after “a lot of work behind the scenes at To The Stars.”
He continues: “These steps are simply gigantic. I mean, nothing has happened since, like, 70 years on this subject which is substantial… I look back and I go, oh my gosh I could’ve sparked a spark. ”
Elizondo and Mellon, along with To The Stars co-founders Dr. Hal Puthoff and Jim Semivan, “took that spark and threw jet fuel on it,” DeLonge says.
“I couldn’t be more proud. It gives me chills to think about what we have accomplished in such a short time. ”
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The star’s interest in the topic “started decades ago,” he says, and Unidentified was set up to provide a “door” for other people.
Elizondo claims it is a “subject that potentially involves all human beings on this planet.”
Speaking of the evidence he has seen, he says he cannot speak publicly about it because he is “bound by my nondisclosure agreement.”
However, he says there are politicians in the United States who are “willing to put their reputation or their credibility or even their re-election on the line to pursue this issue …
“So that should be a pretty clear indicator that this is a serious topic. ”
Series two of unidentified broadcasts on Sky HISTORY Tuesdays at 9 p.m. starting September 1, with all episodes available for catch-up