If you’ve been following the Tom DeLonge-Blink-182 drama, you’re probably wondering if Tom is batshit crazy. I mean, UFOs and government cover-ups? Is he serious or just channeling Fox Mulder for the hell of it? Motherboard knocked on Tom’s door to find out.
It’s not every day Motherboard interviews a rock star, but it’s also not every day a rock star releases a 700-page opus about aliens, UFOs, and a deep government conspiracy going back to the 1940s.
Tom DeLonge, the former guitarist and co-lead singer of Blink 182, has a new act. It’s called Sekret Machines, and it’s a massive project that includes books, films, and music about the UFO phenomenon.
The first installment, a novel called Chasing Shadows co-written with author A.J. Hartley, came out on April 5. It’s a rollicking page-turner about a skeptical journalist who runs a UFO debunking website, a Holocaust survivor, an heiress whose father mysteriously dies, and a Marine pilot who gets recruited into a secret government technology project at Area 51. Somehow, their stories all intersect.
But the book isn’t pure fiction, DeLonge says. It’s based on real events, and sourced from DeLonge’s own research. “For as long as I can remember, I have sought answers,” he wrote in the foreword.
The rockstar has a circle of 10 advisors helping him on this stuff, he says, and one of them is a high-level member of the Pentagon.
See what I mean? Keep reading.