Aliens Exist: Tom DeLonge on Leaving Blink-182 to Blow the Lid Off the 'Biggest Secret on Earth'

It’s tough to say which is the most mind-melting aspect of Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation, the new series that premieres Friday on the History Channel. Is it watching former high-ranking military and intelligence officials speak on the record about strange aerial phenomena they claim to have witnessed? Getting warm. Is it the recently declassified government footage, taken from F-18 fighter jets, depicting bizarre unknown aircraft? Warmer. Is it the frank talk of an official Pentagon UFO investigation program? Warmer still. Is it the fact that all this information is being brought to you by the former guitarist for Blink-182? Cerebellum is now liquid goo.

Yes, Tom DeLonge, the executive producer of the six-part program, has gone from “All the Small Things” to, well, pretty much all the big things — like the nature of the universe and Earth’s role in it. Clearly the guy who once sang “Aliens Exist” to sold-out crowds two decades ago has a longstanding interest in extraterrestrials, but in recent years he’s become one of the most vocal public figures on the subject. He famously split from the zillion-selling pop-punk group in 2015 to launch To the Stars Academy, a venture dedicated to increasing the understanding of UFOs and disseminating their discoveries responsibly to the public.

Naturally, the narrative quickly became “rock star quits band to chase aliens,” and DeLonge was subjected to all manner of media mockery that usually accompanies such an unorthodox left turn. But a number of power players took him very seriously. Emails released during the WikiLeaks dump in 2017 reveal that DeLonge scheduled a meeting between President Obama’s former senior advisor John Podesta and General William McCasland the previous year. While it’s unknown if that meeting ever took place, Podesta tweeted upon stepping down from his senior advisor post that his “biggest failure” in office was “not securing the disclosure of the UFO files.”

DeLonge’s claims that the United States Department of Defense were investigating UFOs were dismissed as conspiracy theory fodder until December 2017, when the New York Times published an exposé (coauthored in part by two Pulitzer Prize winners) that confirmed the existence of the Pentagon’s hidden Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP). The bombshell report was backed up on-the-record statements from many involved, including ex Nevada Senator Harry Reid, who designated $22 million to the program when it was created in 2007. (“The truth is out there,” Reid tweeted after the piece was published. “Seriously.”) The report features numerous stunning revelations, such a 2009 Pentagon briefing of the program stating “what was considered science fiction is now science fact,” as well as hints that the government may be in possession of alloys that reportedly “had been recovered from unidentified aerial phenomena.” But what’s more, it went a long way in suggesting that DeLonge knows more than people give him credit for.

Though AATIP was defunded in 2012, it remained operational under the direction of military intelligence official Luis Elizondo until October 2017 at which point Elizondo resigned — citing excessive secrecy and concern that the Department of Defense wasn’t treating these unidentified aerial phenomena like the national security threat he believes them to be. “Why aren’t we spending more time and effort on this issue?” he wrote in his resignation letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis, according to Newsweek.

Now he’s teamed up with DeLonge. Unidentified follows Elizondo as he continues his investigation, beginning with the puzzling incident that occurred in November 2004 off the coast of California. Several F-18 jets from the USS Nimitz carrier strike group crossed paths with an unidentified craft. Down below aboard the ship, radar tracked dozens more, moving in formation across the sky for several days. According to the radar operator Kevin Day, interviewed by Unidentified, the radar data was confiscated by government officials — an unprecedented occurrence, he claims. Commander David Fravor, who was in the air that day and captured the craft on film, described “seeing an object that looked like a 40-foot-long white Tic Tac that performed remarkable maneuvers” that appeared to defy the laws of physics. Fravor’s statements are corroborated by his wing mate, who has never spoken out before.

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In addition to Elizondo and DeLonge, Unidentified features regular appearances of fellow To the Stars colleagues, many of whom boast impressive credentials. Christopher K. Mellon formerly served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Harold E. Puthoff was employed as a former CIA Contractor, and Steve Justice used to head up Lockheed Martin Advanced Development Programs (a.k.a. “Skunk Works”) — the same organization hired by the CIA to develop their infamous Area 51 military installation. Together they might boast enough ex-government clout to convince even the most ardent skeptic that we may not be alone. Or maybe not. In either case, Unidentified is quite possibly the most impressive UFO docuseries to date.

The show comes at a time when the study of unexplained aerial phenomena has been moving, in the words of the New York Post, increasingly out of the fringe and into the mainstream. Last month the Navy issued new guidelines for reporting encounters with “unidentified aircraft,” a response to an apparent surge in sightings by personnel. In an article published by the New York Times over Memorial Day Weekend, five Navy pilots came forward to claim that they saw unexplained aircraft off the Eastern seaboard on an “almost daily” basis between 2014 and 2015 — though they won’t speculate on whether they were of extraterrestrial origin. Neither will the Navy, despite their moves to formalize (and destigmatize) the reporting process. But many, including those involved with To the Stars Academy, hope that these changes lead to a more careful study of these cases. “Right now, we have a situation in which UFOs and UAPs are treated as anomalies to be ignored rather than anomalies to be explored,” Christopher Mellon told POLITICO in April. “We have systems that exclude that information and dump it.” After his career in the Department of Defense, Mellon calls this new reporting process a “sea change.” Similarly, Elizondo told the Washington Post it was “the single greatest decision the Navy has made in decades.”

So what’s going on in the sky that’s confounding even highly trained members of American armed forces? Tom DeLonge says he has an idea. PEOPLE talked to DeLonge about Unidentified, what he’s uncovered alongside his team at To the Stars, and what he sees as global ramifications that could make or break humanity.

On a lighter note, we also talked to him about his new music with Angels and Airwaves, and the 20th anniversary of Blink-182’s seminal Enema of the State album. Remember, from the ‘90s? It was a much simpler time.

First off, what would you say to a nonbeliever, somebody who really has trouble wrapping their mind around all this, to get them to sit down and watch this show?

I think I would tell them there finally exists a body of evidence, that is very tangible and very real, for them to consider. For a long period of time, material was largely classified, and it was classified for good reasons — for issues dealing with national security. But thanks to the partners at To The Stars Academy, we now have a vehicle to transition a lot of those learnings over to the public for the first time. So for the people that don’t want to believe that this could be real, or this really counteracts their own personal belief systems, this is now an era where we have the evidence for people to look at, to digest, and hopefully — over time — get them to a place where they can live with this reality.

The first several episodes concern the USS Nimitz incident when two fighter pilots, in different planes, observed an unidentified flying craft — the famous giant Tic Tac — off the coast of California in November 2004. There is video evidence as well as radar data from the U.S. Navy ship below which, as you claim in Unidentified, was confiscated by government officials. What was their rationale for keeping this story under wraps?

Well, I can’t speak for the government, but I can tell you I do know how they work and how they think on this subject. When you’re dealing with really, really advanced technologies that are coming in and out of our military airspace and sensitive locations, interacting with our most advanced technologies as though we’re just ants, the military does not have the capacity, does not have the skillset, does not have a division, to stop what they’re doing and try to educate us on something that may be a threat. The only thing they do is deal with threats.

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You have to understand what happened there. One hundred craft came in from the atmosphere over a four-day period of time, and traveled down the coast of Southern California, and all disappeared at one specific latitude-longitude. You have to also realize that these craft were descending, in .78 seconds, from 80,000 feet to sea level. Literally, less than one second, it goes from the tip of the atmosphere to hovering a foot over the water. That’s scary to see, and there’s 100 of them. You’re kind of going, “What is in those things, and how are they doing that? What the hell are we supposed to do about it?”

Now, imagine you’re the military or the intelligence service, and someone’s trying to sneak a nuclear weapon through the border of Canada or Mexico. They’re not going to stop, go on the news, and say, “Oh my God, someone tried to sneak in a nuclear weapon. We want to tell you about it.” They don’t do that. They go back into secure locations, and they start laying all of the data on the table, and they have to make a plan. That plan has to hopefully keep us safe so we don’t panic, and we can go to malls and soccer games, and we can just live comfortably. We’ve empowered really smart people to take this stress and put it on their own shoulders so we don’t have to worry about it. The men and women at the Department of Defense, and the CIA, and other intelligence organizations — after I learned more about this subject than I already knew, I walked away saying, “These guys are national heroes.” I mean, the stuff they’re dealing with is so far out, and frankly unnerving, that I don’t think the people are ready for all of it. And I don’t think they actually need to know all of it, just like my kids don’t need to know exactly what terrorists are doing, but they kind of need to know that terrorists exist. It’s a little bit of that, if that makes sense.

What’s your motivation for putting this out there now? As you say, there’s potentially stuff that the public shouldn’t know about. 

We already have been dealing with this for 70 years. Again, I don’t want to pretend I can speak for my partners that ran these programs and are still connected to these programs in various ways. You’d be much better off hearing them speak, but I think, from my point of view, it looks as though our country has made some headway on understanding this stuff, and so, now, they’re open to a responsible conversation. Keep in mind, what happened was I got into a position where I was knocking on doors and pitching away to have a responsible conversation, and it worked, but it took me almost a year, and it took me ruffling a lot of feathers.

Luis Elizondo likes to say, “I came into a china shop and let off a grenade.” People from multiple intelligence agencies and areas that are very secretive within the Department of Defense came to me and said, “What the hell are you doing? What are you trying to accomplish?” I think they liked my ideas. They huddled around me, and we made a much more responsible way of doing all this. That’s when we added on aerospace and science. We said, let’s discuss what we know, let’s keep on studying it with the world, and let’s take this technology and get to the bottom of it, and put it in the private sector. That way it can move much faster, and we can get the world’s best physicists, and scientists, and engineers on it, and potentially even make it an international effort. To The Stars is actively involved with multiple international governments.

You’ve put together an impressive team. You mentioned [former military intelligence official and Special Agent In-Charge] Luis Elizondo, in addition to [former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence] Chris Mellon, [retired Program Director for Advanced Systems from Lockheed Martin Advanced Development Programs] Steve Justice. It seems fair to say that a number of high-ranking officials are dissatisfied with the government’s official stance on UFOs? Why has the study of UFOs been relegated to the fringe for so long?

Our intelligence agencies spent decades working their way into the social groups and organizations that are private, dealing with this issue, and they did a really good job at discrediting it over the many decades after World War II. They actually had good reason for this, because what happened is all these people get together and start talking about all this stuff, and they don’t know all the facts. It’ll bubble up, scare everybody, and then could eventually cause a national conversation on the issue far earlier than they’re willing to have it. It’s kind of like if there’s a hostage situation, and we’re trying to get the chief of police to come out and just start talking about it, when he doesn’t even know who the shooter is. I think their idea was smart: “Let’s keep everybody thinking this isn’t real. Let’s keep everybody thinking that there’s nothing to see here, while we actually go somewhere very secret and learn as much as we can.”

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When I was meeting with multi-star-ranking officers, I said, “That makes a lot of sense, but the problem is it ran like wildfire into something else, where no one trusts the government. No one believes you, no one understands why you would do such a thing, because the subject’s so big.” People start making up conspiracies. “Oh, it’s about money,” or, “They think that we can’t handle the truth.” That’s all bulls—. What it boils down to is there is something here that moves 20,000 to 80,000 miles an hour, that is using technologies that we don’t understand, and we’re starting to get a glimpse of what these things are doing, but we don’t totally know why. We’ve just got to figure it all out before people go into an uproar, because all that’s going to do is open up hearings in Congress, and people pointing fingers, and all the stuff that you see when there might be a little bit of moral ambiguity while we’re dealing with something difficult.

I mean, it’s kind of like the CIA was doing all this stuff in the Cold War, and after the fact we want to point fingers and have the hammer come down in Congress and the Senate, with people on national TV saying, “What did you do?” At the end of the day, they’re like, “We did what was necessary in that moment, and you couldn’t do it, and you couldn’t stomach it. You wanted us to do it, and we did it. Now you’re here, 20 years later, complaining about it.” I think this is a little bit like that, where they’re dealing with the reality of something that has just … I mean, this is so much bigger than overthrowing a country. This affects everybody.

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The sooner that this conversation starts is the sooner we get to the core of the problem that is happening on the Earth, which is this idea that we’re all separate, this idea that all the countries are out for themselves. This is how we unify the world. This is how we get young people, in all countries, coming together, and saying, “Hey, I’m not Russian, or American, or Indian. We’re all from the same little planet. We’re humans.” Let’s take this big step, and now stop looking directly at each other. Let’s look up, and go, “We are now at the frontier of understanding what’s in space, and what that means, and how we go there, and how we start branching out into the future.”

The Department of Defense, by definition, are designed to deal with threats, and it sounds like you believe they’re treating these craft as threats because that’s what they do. Do you personally view these craft as threats?

I can say a blanket statement that, yes, I do personally believe these are threats,. But there also are different layers of threats. There are threats to our aviation safety. There are threats to our military. There are threats to people that are having encounters with this — that deals with biological issues. There are threats because we don’t understand what the intentions are, when you’re dealing with something that’s just so much further ahead than you. I mean, we can look at our own history and know that. Look what we did to the Native Americans, or look what the Spanish did to the Aztecs. I don’t want to get my history wrong here, but you see what I’m saying.

When a more advanced culture comes in, there’s many different ways that culture can benefit but also can lose a bit of themselves in the process, so I think what we need to do is really have that discussion. Are there bad things that go along with this subject? Yes, and some of those bad things are not open for discussion here. Are there some good things? Absolutely, and some of those good things come with the idea of what this technology can do for the world, the unification of us working with people we thought were our adversaries, and then an international conversation of who we are as human beings.

All of this is really, really important. We might find out, one day, that there are good ones and bad ones. And we might look back and go, “Wow, that’s what all of our ancient texts describe in some way, that kind of counter-views between gods that are from the heavens.” I think it’s going to help us understand a bit more of ourselves. But for now, until that time comes where we can understand what’s in these things, what we look at is, yeah, there are issues. There are big issues here.

You’ve been researching this subject for many, many, many years. At what point did you feel like you were onto something really big?

Oh my God, there’s so much to the story that nobody knows. When I started bouncing around and meeting people from different organizations within the government — intelligence operatives, military operatives, officers — when I got brought in and sat down they looked at me and I’ll never forget one of the things said to me. They said, “Is there anything else you need to complete your project, to get this done?” I listed one kind of very sensitive group, and I said, “I think maybe getting a sign-off from this group might be important.” A certain person looked at me and said, “Do you ask your father for permission after your mom’s already given it to you?” I said, “No.” He said, “You’ve been given permission. Shut the f— up and get to work.” I remember, at that moment, that it went from me and a project to me needing to execute the promises that I made.

The big, big breakthrough moment that had me pissing my pants (not literally, but I thought I was) was when I got called to a meeting. I was sitting in a room, and this person moved across the table, and starts giving me a bunch of compliments about my music and my band. I didn’t understand why, because I knew who he was and I knew where he’s from. I said, “I know who you are. When you’re giving me all these compliments on my band, I’m taking them with a grain of salt.” This gentleman stopped, took a deep breath, leaned back, and says, “I need to know who the f— you are. You know s— that you’re not supposed to know, and I need to know why.”

He leans over, points his finger to the table, and pounds his finger on the table, and says, “This is the story of the millennia, and I need to know why the f— you know what you know.” At that moment, I literally was going, “Oh my God, I really f—ed up.” I really, really, got myself into kind of an Ed Snowden situation, where I thought I was doing something good, and now I realized I was doing something where I can easily, easily just disappear, and nobody would know.

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For years you alluded to the existence of the Pentagon’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, and were met with a great degree of skepticism from the public. Then in December 2017, the New York Times released an exposé that appeared to lend credence to what you’d been saying. Was that vindicating for you?

It was, but it’s all part of the plan. You’ve got to remember I’ve been on this for a few years now. It’s really funny because I’m very much known as a bit of a renegade, and always doing stuff where people think I’m crazy. People think that I’ve lost all composure of being a musician, and quit my band to go chase aliens. In the beginning of all this, I couldn’t tell the guys in Blink what I was doing. It very much needed to be kept secret. I was confided in, and all this was in the works, but I did know what was getting ready to happen.

There’s so much more coming, and people better hold on tight. To The Stars Academy is going to be doing some stuff, here, in the near future, that will be responsible for changing the world. At the time, when AATIP was getting ready to come out, this was very much part of the plan and part of the strategies put forth by the policy being created by Chris Mellon, one of my partners, chairman of our scientific advisory board at To The Stars Academy. Chris Mellon was under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence at the Pentagon — kind of what you would think of as third-in-command at the Pentagon — and he wrote some very large bills. He has decades of experience in writing national security policy, so he had a plan, early on, of how we could create a template of getting information out, getting the right information to the right members of Congress, and getting national journalism involved, to ferry this stuff over the border and let people start digesting this stuff. I want to pretend that I did everything, but that’s absolutely not the case. If you look at my partners, you’ll realize, quickly, who the smart ones are.

But you got in the room with them, which I assume was not an easy task.

I always tell people, “It’s the biggest secret on earth, it’s the most classified subject on earth and it’s the most controversial subject on earth.” The first place I knocked on the door, literally, I had to go and do fingerprints. I had to go through three guys with machine guns. I had to go through locked doors with electronic codes. I was in hallways that had speakers playing white noise so nobody can hear any conversation. There’s no windows, and each door had these rotary locks on them, like a safe.

I got into the heart of where this was, and that was where this all started. Not everyone can get in there. If anything, I was definitely a performer at that point. I took all my performer credentials and put it to use, and acted like I was smarter than I was. I knew exactly what I was doing, and I could really help. Well, it worked just enough for all this to start, but it’s kind of like you’re rubbing the sticks together to get a spark, and make a fire, and you get so close. Holy s—, it’s going to work. It’s going to catch. Well, it barely caught in those days, and it could’ve blown out at any second.

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In the first episode of Unidentified, you touch briefly on walking away from Blink-182. Was that hard for you, or did you know where you wanted to go and never looked back?

It’s always hard when you’re transitioning from something that you’ve worked your entire life, up to that point, to achieve, but the only two things on Earth — outside of my family — that I was interested in were music and this subject. When I got brought into the arms of how the subject works, and what it is, it was a very easy choice. I was like, “Oh my God, I’m literally going to be driving the boat here, with something that’s going to affect every person in the world, in such a beautiful way, hopefully.” That was an easy decision. What’s never easy is dealing with the social groups, and the stigmas, and the ignorance, and all that comes along with doing things that are progressive, and out of the box, and beyond people’s understanding.

Frankly, I understand why they do that. It took me 25 years to really digest this subject and have a foundation for dealing with what I have to deal with now. Then suddenly expecting people to get it, by throwing it out there over a few articles? People were like, “He’s lost his mind. He’s chasing monsters.” No, not exactly, but you will find out soon enough. Yes, I’ll be vindicated, but that’s not why I’m doing this. I’m doing this because we need it, and I’m sick of people like my brother going off to war, to fight with our neighbors, with our brothers. We should not be killing each other over anything on this planet.

I’m speaking to you 20 years, almost exactly, after you released the track “Alien Exists” on [the 1999 Blink-182 album] Enema of the State. What are your thoughts on that song now, given all you’ve learned and been through?

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Yes, 20 years ago I wrote this song, “Aliens Exist,” and I remember people thought it was a fun song, and this and that, but that’s how long this goes for me. Now, I look at this coming year, so much of this information and what this is all about is going to be showing its face, using Angels and Airwaves, my other band, as a vehicle. We just released a song called “Rebel Girl,” which was the start of bringing back this band that’s been around for 12 years. In essence, this first tour will be the beginning of a few tours that get bigger and bring all this information out.

I think people are curious about what To The Stars is, and what we’re doing, and why I’m involved in all this stuff. They’re going to learn a hell of a lot by following Angels and Airwaves, and then the movies that I’m directing and producing, that are starting to come out, like the TV series, Unidentified. I mean, that’s one of quite a handful of things I’ve got going in the film world, but they’re all related to this stuff. I challenge people to follow Angels and Airwaves a bit. That’s not meant to be a plug on the band as much as it’s meant to be an easy way to see some of the more innovative ways we have discussions.

This is your first tour in seven years. Was it announced to coincide with Unidentified, as a way to kind of get the message out there?

Yeah. Well, it’s both. What happened is I spent so long putting this company together, that it finally got off the ground, and so I was able to take a deep breath and go, “Okay, now I can write music again. I’ll just take my time,” and that’s what I did for six months. All of a sudden the opportunity came, where they were like, “You can release a song right now, and start. If you start right now, it’ll be the perfect opportunity to align the film projects with the music projects, and take this entire thing on the road. I thought it would really show people the culmination of everything I’ve been doing. I go, “Wow, that is a really great opportunity. Let’s try it. I’ll just do four weeks. We’ll do small clubs to test, and if that works, we’ll do X, Y, and Z.”

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Well, we put up the song, and it exploded far beyond what I thought it would do. Then they put the shows up, and they all sold out. Well, not all of them, but a lot of them. I just really didn’t expect it, so it was obviously meant to be. I’ve got to say I’m completely humbled that people care about my music still, and I’m so thankful. I’m really excited for my band members in Blink and what they’re doing. I think a lot of people still think I’m in that band, but I’m not touring with them at the moment, or writing music with them at the moment, but I do support their evolution of what they’re doing. I just want everyone to win in whatever way makes them happy.

Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation premieres Friday at 10 p.m. on The History Channel, while Angels and Airwaves’ tour kicks off Sept. 4 in Arizona.


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Madonna Announces Launch of SiriusXM Channel

On Friday SiriusXM announced the launch of an exclusive limited-run channel, “Madonna’s Madame X Radio,” centered on the pop star. The channel will launch July 1st and run through till the end of the month.

“MadameRadio” will showcase music from across Madonna’s storied career, including her most recent album, Madame X, which arrived earlier this month. The channel will also feature docu-miniseries on Madonna’s career and legacy, including the making of Madame X. The launch will coincide with Madonna’s performance at New York’s Pride Island (Hudson River Park’s Pier 97) on June 30th to close out World Pride Week and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

“This channel brings you into the intricate world of Madame X,” said Madonna. “You’ll learn more about the creative process behind my latest album and gain a deeper understanding of what drives me as an artist and a performer.”

“Madonna is an artist who is the very definition of a musical and cultural icon,” said Scott Greenstein, President and CCO of SiriusXM. “Her voice, songwriting, performances, and life’s work has made her a universal force. Along the way she has created some of the most creative and biggest-selling albums of all time. Our exclusive channel celebrating Madonna is a truly comprehensive deep dive into the music of one of the world’s most legendary artists.”

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Hear Jerry Garcia Band’s 13-Minute ‘Simple Twist of Fate’ From 1993

Jerry Garcia stayed extremely busy in the fall of 1993. The Grateful Dead spent much of September playing multi-night stands at Boston Garden, New York’s Madison Square Garden, and the Spectrum in Philadelphia, and a little over a month later the guitarist was back in some of the same rooms with his eponymous side band. A gem from that lengthy arena trek, which turned out to be the Jerry Garcia Band’s final East Coast tour, is unearthed in the new live set GarciaLive Volume 11, November 11th, 1993, Providence Civic Center, which will be released July 12th via Round Records.

Capturing an entire two-set show at the Rhode Island venue, the latest installment in the archival series mixes staples from Garcia’s solo catalog with a handful of interesting covers. A wide-open, 13-minute take on Bob Dylan’s “Simple Twist of Fate” premieres today at Rolling Stone Country.

In Garcia’s hands, Dylan’s dusty folk tune, originally found on 1975’s Blood on the Tracks, gets reimagined as a patient, celestial ballad. In between verses, Garcia delivers colorfully melodic guitar runs, accented by twinkling keyboard fills from steadfast collaborator Melvin Seals. Around the seven-minute mark the bandleader cedes the spotlight to bassist John Kahn, who rumbles through an extended improvisational solo more typically found in a jazz club than an arena rock show.

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Garcia, who died in 1995 at the age of 53, put “Simple Twist of Fate” in his live repertoire by 1976. He also recorded a version of the song, a tale of ill-timed romance, that was included in the expanded reissue of the studio album Run for the Roses, released as part of the All Good Things: Jerry Garcia Studio Sessions box set.

“Jerry always embodied the underlying story of the song with considerable emotion, and in this era the song also provided an opportunity for John Kahn to solo — on this version he plays with the rhythm, tempo and phrasing in his typically idiosyncratic way before Garcia’s guitar pulls the song together again for the home stretch,” Garcia biographer Blair Jackson writes in the liner notes of GarciaLive Volume 11.

Elsewhere, in the guitarist’s last Providence performance, Garcia and his band work through takes of Van Morrison’s “He Ain’t Give You None,” the Beatles’ “Dear Prudence” and Norton Buffalo’s “Ain’t No Bread in the Breadbox.” All releases in the GarciaLive series focus on Garcia’s stage output outside the Dead, including the various incarnations of the Jerry Garcia Band, the short-lived group Legion of Mary, and his partnership with keyboardist Merl Saunders.

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Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton: Co-parenting While Dating

As Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton move further along in their relationship, they will have to learn to balance their love life with the realities of co-parenting. Stefani and her ex-husband, Gavin Rossdale, were rumored to be having a tough time adjusting to co-parenting and their new lives. Could this spell trouble down the road?

What’s the secret to co-parenting with ease? Showbiz Cheat Sheet chatted with Rosalind Sedacca, a divorce and co-parenting coach as well as founder of the Child-Centered Divorce Network, to learn more about this topic. Sedacca gave us solid advice and weighed in on Stefani and Shelton’s relationship.

Showbiz Cheat Sheet: What’s the key to peaceful co-parenting?

Rosalind Sedacca: You remember to ask yourself thepivotal question: Do I love my kids more than I dislike or hate my ex? Then youstep up in making decisions together as co-parents that really put your kidsfirst. You cooperate, you do favors for one another knowing you will needfavors in return, you choose your battles wisely and you role model maturebehavior for your children to see. You never fight around the kids, neverbad-mouth your ex to the kids, never use your kids as your confidants or yourspies.

CS: How can you make sure your child isn’t negativelyaffected by your dating life?

RS: By being honest from the start that your children are vitally important in your life. By choosing a love partner who likes and respects children. By not setting up completion between the kids and your love partner. By not asking your love partner to parent your kids or replace their mom or dad. By separating parenting nights from date nights. By keeping your romance away from the kids until it’s a serious, committed relationship.

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CS: What’s your advice for making sure your children feel secure during this transition?

RS: By reminding the kids that no one will replace their mom or dad in their life. By always finding something positive to say about their other parent. By allowing them time to call or interact with their other parent when away from them. By never asking your child to tell you secrets about what goes on in the other parent’s home. By inviting your co-parent to celebrate special occasions with you as a family: holidays, birthdays, graduations, etc.

CS: How can Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale navigateco-parenting successfully?

RS: Stefani and Rossdale would benefit from divorceco-parenting coaching. They both need to answer the questions: Would I bemaking this same parenting decisions if we were still married? If not, oftenone parent moves into spiting the other, disrespecting or invalidating theother. Co-parenting is all about mutual cooperation for the benefit of thekids. There are strategies and communication skills that make the process moreeffective for everyone in the family. They need to seek out support — now!

Our kids learn from watching us tackle life challenges. Asparents, we need to step up as true role models and master co-parenting skillsbecause we love our children. That mutual tie is the key to making co-parentingwork. Our children will thank us when they are grown.

Read more: Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton: Will Their Relationship Survive Rumored Co-parenting Drama?

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Madonna defends graphic nightclub shooter God Control music video

The track, which is taken from her thirteenth album Madame X, highlights the issue of lax gun laws in America.

In the last few years alone thousands of people have lost their lives to firearms.

In 2016, a mass shooting at Pulse nightclub saw 49 innocent people killed and as further 53 were wounded.

Madge’s video appears to be based on the horrific attack and depicts the pop icon on a night out with her friends before the venue is gunned down.

In graphic scenes, the partygoers can be seen dying and bleeding on the nightclub floor.

During the song Madonna, 60, sings: “Everybody knows the damn truth/ Our nation lied, we lost respect.

“When we wake up, what can we do/ Get the kids ready, take them to school.”

Captioning the clip on YouTube, Madonna wrote: “This is your wake up call.

Taking to Twitter, Pulse survivor Patience Carter wrote: “I couldn’t even watch after the first 45 secs Madonna.

“There are so many creative avenues that could’ve been taken to bring awareness to gun control. The victims of these mass shootings should always be taken into consideration.

“I applaud the attempt, but I am truly disturbed.”

Meanwhile, another survivor, Brandon Wolf, wrote: “Appreciate the message, but please remember that there are people behind the prop you’re using.”

Standing by her work, Madonna told People: “Seeing the reality, and the brutality of things makes you wake up.

“This is really happening. This is what it looks like.

“Does it make you feel bad? Good, ’cause then maybe you will do something about it.”

She added: “I made this video because I want to draw attention to a crisis that needs to be addressed.

“To me, this is the biggest problem in America right now,” she said, adding, “I cannot take it anymore.”

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Flashback: Axl Rose Joins AC/DC, Shocks the Rock World

Decades from now, historians will look back at 2016 as a time when the fabric of the universe broke down and chaos reigned. It wasn’t just the year when David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Merle Haggard, Prince, and Leonard Cohen died, England voted to break free from the European Union, and Donald Trump pulled the biggest surprise victory in the history of American politics; it was also a time when AC/DC parted ways with Brian Johnson under murky circumstances and brought in Axl Rose to fill the void.

The saga began on March 7th, 2016, when AC/DC announced that the remainder of their American tour would be postponed because Brian Johnson was experiencing significant hearing loss. “Tomorrow’s show in Atlanta through Madison Square Garden in New York, NY in early April will be made up later in the year,” they said, “likely with a guest vocalist.”

The words “guest vocalist” sent shockwaves through the hard-rock community. Did that mean Johnson was out forever? Some random person is really just going to step in and this tour will keep going? Is this real life or the movie Rock Star? Things got weirder on April 16th when they sent out another press release saying that Axl Rose would be fronting the band for the makeup dates. “AC/DC band members would like to thank Brian Johnson for his contributions and dedication to the band throughout the years,” they wrote. “We wish him all the best with his hearing issues and future ventures.”

Come again? “We wish him all the best with his future ventures”? Are they really talking about the frontman of one of the greatest rock groups of all time in such a casual, blasé way? Why hasn’t Brian himself addressed any of this? Is his departure truly voluntary or is there something we’re not being told? We weren’t the only ones taken aback by the band’s approach to this massive change and just three days later, the group released a letter from Johnson to try and undo the damage.

“I want personally to explain the reason because I don’t believe the earlier press releases sufficiently set out what I wanted to say to our fans or the way in which I thought it should be presented,” he wrote. “I wish to assure our fans that I am not retiring. My doctors have told me that I can continue to record in studios and I intend to do that. For the moment, my entire focus is to continue medical treatment to improve my hearing. I am hoping that in time my hearing will improve and allow me to return to live concert performances. While the outcome is uncertain, my attitude is optimistic. Only time will tell.”

In the meantime, the group hit the road with Axl Rose. Here’s video of them doing “Back in Black” in Denmark on June 12th, 2016. His tenure in the group lasted just 23 shows. When it wrapped, bassist Cliff Williams announced he was retiring from the group. That meant that Angus Young was the sole remaining member of the Back in Black lineup still around even though all five of them were still present as recently as 2010.

There were rumors that Angus and Axl were going to record a new album shortly after the tour ended, but that never happened. Instead, the group went completely off the grid as Rose returned his attention to Guns N’ Roses. Earlier this year, rumors began swirling that Johnson, drummer Phil Rudd, and Williams had all returned to the fold and were recording a new album in Vancouver. Photographs have even hit the internet of all of them near their usual recording studio in town. If all this is true and AC/DC do support the new album with a tour, the insane events of 2016 will just seem like some hazy fever dream to most fans. This turn of events might also play a small role in returning balance to the universe — and offering a sign that the chaos of 2016 isn’t permanent.

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Jess Glynne cancels TRNSMT festival and admits partying with Spice Girls

Jess Glynne has cancelled several more shows due to a haemorrhage on her vocal chords, days after she pulled out of her Isle of Wight performance at the last minute.

The Hold My Hand singer had been due to perform at TRNSMT festival in Glasgow on Sunday 14 July.

In a statement, Jess shared her devastation at having to cancel another performance, while also confirming previous claims that she partied until the early hours after the Spice Girls’ last tour show.

The 29-year-old singer explained: ‘It absolutely kills me to say this – especially given what has happened in the past few weeks – but on the advice of my throat surgeon, I am going to have to cancel my next shows through until July 14th and I hope to be back as soon as possible after that.

‘I know many of my fans feel I let them down so badly when I pulled out of the Isle of Wight festival but the reason I knew I just wasn’t going to be able to make that performance has now been made clear to be by my doctor, Dr Zeitels.’

Jess went on to address the reports that she partied until around 7am with Spice Girls Mel B, Emma Bunton, Geri Horner and Mel C.

The Brit award-winning singer continued: ‘It is true that I went out and celebrated the end of the Spice tour. That was a massive high for me and I wanted to mark it with the women who’d become friends and mentors to me.

‘But I had also been suffering on and off for weeks with anxiety about my voice. It wasn’t right. I wasn’t sounding my best and I felt there was something wrong.’

Jess travelled to Boston this week to visit a surgeon who said that she needed to ‘urgently take a break’ if she ever wanted to perform again.

She is now expected to rest her voice for the next 10 days and will remain in ‘total silence’ to give her vocal chords a chance to recover.

The Rather Be singer continued: ‘Basically he told me I have been completely overdoing everything.

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‘In the last six months I’ve performed almost 100 shows, I’ve pushed through at times when I know I’ve been tired and overstretched and I got to breaking point, my voice literally got to breaking point. The thing is I am my voice. If my voice goes, I go.

‘I am so privileged to do what I do, I am so privileged to have fans out there who come and see me. But I never want to be less than 100 percent. I never want to give you less than 100 percent.

‘I am so devastated to be letting anyone down but I want you to know the full truth of my situation so you understand why I have to do this.

‘All I know is I have to go away, look after my voice and come back stronger, better and be the performer my fans truly deserve.’

TRNSMT festival Director Geoff Ellis said: ‘We are very sorry to hear about Jess’ health issue which means she can no longer play at this year’s TRNSMT Festival.

‘She’s such a hard working artist and we fully understand why she’s had to make this regrettable decision. We wish Jess all the best and look forward to seeing her back in Scotland soon. We hope to announce her replacement at TRNSMT in the next few days.’

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See All the Stars Who May Turn Up at Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner's Wedding in France

From Dr. Phil, who leaked the wedding date, to Diplo and his affinity for live-streaming weddings, here are all the stars who may attend Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner’s second wedding in France

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After eloping in Las Vegas in May, Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner are saying “I do” — again — in a second wedding in France. Keep clicking to see all the stars who may have scored an invite to their big day.

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Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas

At the top of the invite list are the Jonas Brothers and their spouses.

If there’s any couple who knows about having multiple weddings, it’s Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas. The couple had five wedding receptions.

Priyanka and Nick are already in France for the reception, celebrating alongside Sophie and Joe!

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Kevin and Danielle Jonas

Kevin and Danielle Jonas will undoubtedly be front and center as well. Accompanied by babies Alena and Valentina, the oldest Jonas brother will be sure to appear at his brother’s France wedding.

Joe and Sophie are sure to ask these two for marriage advice: Kevin and Danielle have been married for almost 10 years! (The two even had a reality show about their relationship called Married to Jonas.)

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Frankie Jonas

Don’t forget about Frankie! The youngest of the Jonas siblings will also be in France for his brother’s big day. His siblings have influenced his own career, after all.

“They’ve been a really big influence on my whole process, helping me through it, being there to say try this, try that,” he said previously.

Frankie was one of Nick’s groomsmen — and we’re guessing he’ll fill that role for Joe as well.

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Denise and Kevin Jonas Sr.

Mama and Papa Jonas didn’t make the Las Vegas wedding — but they’ll definitely be at the big reception in France.

“Well, in my mind, that was the legal portion of the marriage. So I was thinking, like, ‘Look, this is not the most important day.’ There’s an important day, I mean, I’ll keep private, but ahead of us. So we were, like, this is just whoever’s in town,” Joe told SiriusXM’s Hits1.

“They have an amazing restaurant in North Carolina and I think, like, a couple of their staff walked up and were, like, ‘Congratulations! I saw.’ And then they had to find out,” Jonas said about Denise and Kevin Sr. learning about his wedding.

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Dr. Phil

Who would’ve thought? Dr. Phil McGraw confirmed to the world when Jophie’s wedding would be after leaving a comment on the bride-to-be’s Instagram.

“Easy now! 1 week to go!” he wrote. “Ha! See you at the wedding!”

Dr. Phil and the Jonas Brothers seem to have a close relationship. The group gave the TV host their first interview after reuniting.

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Jordan McGraw

If Dr. Phil is going, his son Jordan McGraw will likely tag along, too.

The 33-year-old is set to be one of the Jonas Brothers’ openers during their Happiness Begins tour alongside Bebe Rexha. 

“So much work going into the #happinessbeginstour from everyone!” he tweeted earlier this week. “This is going to be so much fun every night.”

But the McGraw-Jonas friendship doesn’t end there — Nick Jonas and McGraw are golf buddies! The duo went golfing just last weekend.

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Maisie Williams

Turner’s Game of Thrones co-star (and BFF) Maisie Williams is more than just invited to the wedding — she’s set to be Turner’s maid of honor for the big night.

“I don’t know why she’s thinking about [what she’s wearing to my wedding]. I’m giving her the bridesmaid dress!” Turner told Entertainment Tonight after she found out Williams would pick her own dress.

“She’s my maid of honor! One of two,” Turner added.

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Richard Madden

If we’re keeping it in the GOT family, Richard Madden might appear on Sophie and Joe’s invite list.

The two stars — who play siblings Sansa and Robb Stark — reunited at the Met Gala last month, where they gave each other a warm hug.

Though Madden’s character died on season 3, he told ELLE in April he was still close to the cast.

“It’s weird because they talk about Robb Stark, and I don’t associate myself with it anymore,” he told ELLE. “But then I remember, ‘Oh, that’s me, I played that part.’”

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Jack Gleeson

Jack Gleeson’s character King Joffrey was engaged to Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones — so why not invite him to the wedding?

At GOT’s season 8 premiere, Turner shared a silly photo with Gleeson posing as a couple with then-fiancé Jonas giving a confused look. 

“WTF, I thought this dude was dead… #KingJoffrey,” Jonas commented on the post.

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Kit Harington

Turner was quick to blame her friend Kit Harington for Game of Thrones’ coffee-gate, but if Jon Snow and Sansa Stark are still family, then Harington might head to France to celebrate Jophie’s wedding.

Harington’s rep confirmed to PEOPLE on May 28 that ahead of Thrones‘ May 19 series finale, the actor decided to “utilize this break in his schedule as an opportunity to spend some time at a wellness retreat to work on some personal issues.”

Harington, who  is married to Thrones costar Rose Leslie, has since checked out of treatment and was spotted out and about in North London on Monday.

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Wilmer Valderrama and Amanda Pacheco

Wilmer Valderrama is already in Paris for the celebration.

On Sunday, Valderrama and his reported girlfriend Amanda Pacheco were spotted alongside the couple and Nick Jonas days before the wedding.

“We made it. Happy to be here, really excited to take in the week! Where you all at?” the actor said on his Instagram Story.

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Sophie’s Squad

Turner lived it up with 11 of her closest girlfriends earlier this month for her bachelorette party.

The group of girlfriends — including Maisie Williams — will be sure to make an appearance at the couple’s second wedding.

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Diplo

If he does attend, take Diplo’s phone away! The deejay famously live-streamed the couple’s first wedding in Las Vegas.

“I love Diplo,” Jonas told Roman Kemp on Capital Breakfast. “But he loves his ‘gram more than a 13-year-old. He posts every five seconds. He literally livestreamed with dog face filters.”

But there’s no bad blood: “We just laughed, we loved it,” he later added.

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Taylor Swift

Even though Joe Jonas broke up with Taylor Swift on the phone in 2008, the two don’t have any “Bad Blood” anymore — so maybe the “Forever and Always” singer will make it on the invite list!

Swift went on The Ellen Show and apologized for calling out Joe for breaking up with her when she was younger.

“We laugh about it now, but that was mouthy, yeah, some teenage stuff there,” Swift told Ellen DeGeneres.

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DNCE

Since the Jonas Brothers’ return, Joe’s band DNCE has been put on hold. But DNCE’s members — Jack Lawless, Cole Whittle and JinJoo Lee — are still close friends with the group’s lead singer.

Lee posted a photo of herself in front of the Eiffel Tower Wednesday and Whittle shared a shot of the Paris building on his Instragram Story, so it’s safe to say the two are in France for the wedding.

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Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars is said to be bringing some 24K Magic to France! Showbiz411 reported that the “Please Me” singer will be performing at the wedding.

Mars has been a huge inspiration for the JoBros. 

“There are artists like Bruno Mars and a couple others that are really using a lot of instruments in their live music that they incorporate with the album,” Kevin told Parade.com in 2013.

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Ellie Goulding, Juice WRLD Embrace Pain, Paranoia on New Song ‘Hate Me’

Ellie Goulding and Juice WRLD unite on “Hate Me,” a breezy new song with a sadomasochistic streak. “Hate me, hate me/Tell me how you hate me/Tell me how I’m trash and you can easily replace me,” the latter croons over smooth programmed drums and a palm-muted guitar figure. “Tell me that I’m strung out, wasted on the daily/Prolly ’cause there’s no one around me numbin’ all my pain.”

Throughout, Goulding confronts an ex over romantic regret and paranoia. “I bet you don’t kiss her with your eyes closed/I bet you’re still walkin’ on a tightrope,” she sings. “Miss me so much, you’ve been goin’ psycho/You ain’t gotta say it, baby –– I know.”

The pop singer hyped the song’s “tongue-in-cheek” quality in a statement, admitting, “It’s definitely lyrically different to most of my other songs, but it’s fun to play around a bit.”

Goulding, who previously released videos for her songs “Sixteen” and “Flux,” recently performed on Good Morning America‘s Summer Concert Series and The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Juice WRLD’s March-issued second album, Death Race for Love, debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200; he promoted the record with a video for “Hear Me Calling” and sat down with Rolling Stone in early June for an installment of our “First Time” series.

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Cardi B Goes Completely Naked in Violent Press Music Video

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“Press, press, press, press, press.”

Cardi B might not need more press but after dropping a fiery music video for her latest single, it’s hard to not see her name splashed online. Releasing “Press” on YouTube this morning, the 26-year-old rapper proves even more that she’s not afraid to push the boundaries when it comes to fashion, beauty and entertainment.

Similar to her risqué and sultry single cover, where she’s hand-cuffed and walking out of a court house in her birthday suit, her music video is just as thought-provoking. The nearly four-minute clip opens with her making out with another woman during a threesome. Afterwards, she shoots them. The crime, of course, lands her in court. But that’s just the beginning.

Later, Cardi strips down completely naked, though her nipples and other areas are blurred out. Her dancers also ditch their clothes and perform in the nude. In a following scene, they lay there dead and bleeding while she continues to sing.

The video ends with her in jail, drowning and killing a fellow inmate in the toilet.

Like many of the star’s music videos before this, “Press” proves to be fashion-forward. The brunette beauty dons a printed, colorful silk outfit and fur before changing into an all white Viktor&Rolf suit. Even her hair and eyebrows are dyed white to match the look.

Contrary to the song’s lyrics, it looks like the “I Like It” rapper’s music video is gaining a lot of attention. It amassed more than 100,000 views on YouTube in just 10 minutes.

After the video was released, Cardi took to Instagram to thank everyone involved, including photographer and director Jora Frantzis. “This is my first video that I directed…I really wanted my vision to come to life,” she said in the video. “I want to thank my glam team for making me look nice with white eyebrows and white hair. I was really specific about that. I really wanted that look.”

And as for that violent ending, she said with a laugh: “I really wanted to drown somebody in the toilet and kill them ‘cause that’s just such terrible way to die.”

If you’re a Cardi stan, you’ll want to watch the provocative music vid! Because there are quite a few NSFW lyrics, put them headphones in and click play on the clip above.

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