For those jostling for position in the crowded fields of hardcore, metal and the intersectional …
It’s been four long years since Tom Delonge broke our hearts by announcing his departure from Blink-182.
“I can’t do everything. I can’t tour nine months out of the year with enough time to do the enormity of what I’m setting out to do.” Delonge told Mic.com shortly after news broke of his departure.
Since that sad day in January 2015, we’ve seen the band produce their first full-length album with Matt Skiba, California. But what exactly has Tom Delonge been doing that was so important that he had to break our teenage heart’s and leave Blink?
Officially founded in 2015, To The Stars Academy (of Arts and Science) has been Delonge’s primary focus since leaving the band. While the academy was publicly announced in 2015, Tom claims he had “secretly been traveling around the world for 18 months [prior]. I was working my way through NASA, the Department of Defense, and various ‘other’ agencies.”
This previously top secret business seems to have been a major cause of tension within the band, with Delonge claiming that he “couldn’t tell anyone what I was doing, not even the band.”
So what exactly is To The Stars (TTS)? Is Tom Delonge changing the space and science game for the better? Or is he just a washed up ex-band-dude-turned-conspiracy-theorist?
To The Stars is split into three different categories:
Let’s start with the simple stuff, entertainment.
Tom Delonge has always been a creative individual, even outside of Blink-182.
Along with being a talented musician, Tom Delonge has also co-written a number of graphic novels in his Poet Anderson, The Lonely Astronaut and Strange Times series. More recently, this love of media has evolved into film, with the release of his Poet Anderson short film, and his forthcoming TV series, Strange Times.
Strange Times continues Delonge’s plight to share his beliefs in extraterrestrial life and the conspiracy theory-turned-reality that the government is hiding intelligence about aliens from us. The TV series is based on Delonge’s 2015 graphic novel by the same name. Strange Times combines two of Tom’s greatest passions, skateboarding … and alien conspiracy theories.
There is no set release date for Strange Times, but rest assured we’ll keep you updated when there’s more news to cover.
“My love for all things paranormal and skateboarding are sometimes only superseded by my love for offensive humour,” DeLonge says about the forthcoming show. “This series combines them all into one.” Thought he couldn’t do anything else? Well you thought wrong because he’s ALSO about to release a children’s book. You can read all about it on his website here.
Tom Delonge has branched out from his music roots to explore other forms of entertainment media, but this is hardly a groundbreaking move for a musician.
However, the other part of To The Stars is the really newsworthy bit.
Science and Aerospace:
It’s no secret that Tom Delonge is an alien enthusiast, there’s even a Blink song about it, but unlike many other believers, he is actively doing something with this passion.
To The Stars also focuses an enormous amount of energy and money (they were at a $37, 432,000 deficit in June 2018) into research and transparency around space, science and extraterrestrial life. If you didn’t already know, the US government does a heap of shady stuff *cough* Area 51 *cough*, so if and when aliens have visited earth, we can be pretty sure they’d cover it up.
And that is exactly what To The Stars is trying to expose. By harnessing the power of the Freedom of Information Act, Delonge and the team of experts at To The Stars are working to get classified government documents regarding UFOs and other space exploration released to the public.
Most notably, their Freedom of Information request was granted for footage of a UFO sighting caught on tape by two US military aircrafts..
The footage, named GO FAST shows the “high-speed flight of an unidentified aircraft at low altitude by a F/A-18 Super Hornet ATFLIR forward-looking infrared system”. (To The Stars Academy of Art and Science – https://coi.tothestarsacademy.com/2015-go-fast-footage/).
You can view the footage and read an in-depth analysis by To The Stars experts here.
Tom Delonge’s work with To The Stars has helped to release a lot of interesting information regarding space and science. If you’re interested in aliens, or if you just want to see what the heck Tom Delonge has been doing, you can check out their “intelligence” page here.
As well as getting the inside scoop on aliens, Tom and the team at To The Stars are also investing in research about consciousness, telepathy and space-time engineering.
Unfortunately, alien conspiracy theorists are often not taken seriously, and after Tom’s interviews with people like Joe Rogan, it is easy to see why he is dismissed as a madman by so many. But the work that he is doing with To The Stars could be pivotal in the movement towards full disclosure from the government and transparency about these important issues in society.
Even if you’re not a crazy alien conspiracy theorist, it’s pretty cool to see information that has been hidden for so long finally being declassified and made available to the public.
While we’re sad Tom is no longer on stage singing Aliens Exist, It’s interesting to see him working hard to actually prove it (and on a bunch of non-music related content too).