Tom DeLonge and Matt Skiba: are both Blink-182 guitarists conspiracy theorists? As Blink fans are aware, Skiba replaced DeLonge as Blink-182’s singer-guitarist last year. In a split widely covered by the media, Tom cited his ongoing investigation of extraterrestrial life as the reason for his exit. Now, in a new interview, Matt seemingly echoed some of Tom’s beliefs on aliens and conspiracies. Are both current and former Blink bros conspiracy buffs?
Matt Skiba, Alkaline Trio founder and Blink-182’s newest member, recently sat down with Vice to answer some miscellaneous questions. When asked if he believes in conspiracy theories, Matt replied that he does, stating his belief that “the really smart conspiracies are the ones that explain ‘this is why this is plausible’, not ‘this is what happened.’ If it makes sense and if it’s possible, I’d investigate it.” Is Skiba on the same side of the fence as Tom?
Matt further communicated to Vice his own visual evidence of experimental aircraft, telling journalist Hannah Ewans, “there are flying machines that land in the ocean, I’ve seen it!” On the subject of moon landing conspiracy theories, Skiba stated that he does believe humans landed on the moon, though he may not trust the particulars of NASA’s official version of events on what exactly took place during the Apollo 11 mission.
“As far as, like, the moon landing… did we go there? I believe so. Is it everything that we’re told? I don’t think so.”
Blink-182 vocalist Mark Hoppus, ever the level-headed Blink songster, told Vice that he does not believe in conspiracy theories. Replying to the same question as current bandmate Matt, Mark asserted that he “need[s] more significant evidence” when presented with such hypotheses. However, Mark did concede vague feelings of being “lied to about stuff,” though the Blink bassist admitted he is not bothered by any conspiracy conjecture.
“I don’t think that the moon landing was faked, I don’t believe in Big Foot or the Loch Ness monster. I don’t think that aliens have visited us.”
In an interview with Rolling Stone to promote Sekret Machines, DeLonge told the magazine that he worked with officials at the highest level of government in crafting the tome. While the book is meant to be fictional, DeLonge professed that he utilized information obtained from “sources within the aerospace industry and the Department of Defense and NASA” in composing his first sci-fi title.
“I have 10 people that I’m working with that are at the highest levels of the Department of Defense and NASA and the military.”
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