5 Things Tom DeLonge Thinks About Aliens

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Tom DeLonge photographed on July 10, 2012.

But he's still not interested in searching for intelligent life in Mark Hoppus or Travis Barker.

Blink-182 expat/Angels & Airwaves frontman Tom DeLonge has come a long way from writing "Aliens Exist," or at least that's what he wants you to think in a new interview with Paper. What the Enema of the State album cut claimed, DeLonge has dedicated a good chunk of his recent life investigating. Maybe you wish he would have dedicated more of that life toward continuing the Blink-182 legacy? Fair enough. But the father of Jonas Rocket DeLonge and the author of the children's book The Lonely Astronaut on Christmas Eve would like to be taken seriously as an alien authority.

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Here are five takeaways from the interview:

1. He experienced some kind of lost time near Area 51. DeLonge tells the story of camping out on Groom Lake, about 200 miles outside of Area 51 and experiencing something he thinks had to do with alien communication. "Part of communicating and making contact is shutting your mind down and being able to project your thoughts," he says, explaining some sort of alien communication "protocol" that his companions were trying out.

He explains: I woke up right around three a.m. My whole body felt like it had static electricity, and I open my eyes and the fire is still going, and there's a conversation going on outside the tent. It sounded like there were about 20 people there, talking. And instantly my mind goes, OK, they're at our campsite, they're not here to hurt us, they're talking about shit, but I can't make out what they're saying. But they're working on something. Then I close my eyes and wake up, and the fire is out and I have about three hours of lost time.

To add to the History Channel feel of it, though, he adds, "I kept telling the guys: if anything was going to happen, it would happen at three in morning, because that's the time when things like this happen. Don't ask me why."

3. He's been warned, "Don't f---ing get in the car." DeLonge recounts a story where he detailed the space age features of a special craft ("how it displaces over 89% of the mass of the ship, how it ionizes the engine, how it glows"), only to get a stern warning from an unnamed 70-year old engineer -- "'I've had calls about you. If someone comes and asks you to get in their car, don't f---ing get in the car.'"

DeLonge says his phone has been tapped and that there was one "very interesting thing" that involved intelligence trying to get to him, though he won't elaborate further.

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4. He thinks there are fossilized remains of life on Mars. The guitarist insists we're going to discover microbial life on Mars and then make some even bigger, in-person discoveries.

"We're gonna send people up there, and we're gonna find remnants of other types of life. But really, what's going to be there are remnants of other civilizations: architecture, old monuments, machinery, things that have been fossilized, whatever, and then that will get dripped out for another 30 to 40 years."

5. He thinks we really landed on the moon and that conspiracy theories are actually planted by the government to distract us. DeLonge is so beyond conspiracy theories that he believes the government conspires to create its own conspiracy theories. Seriously, though, this is an idea you can really get lost in. By diverting out attention, the guitarist says the government can keep us from thinking about the questions it would prefer we avoid. "They didn't want the conspiracy to be the real f---ing question, which is, 'What was there when we got there?'"