We are not alone -- but we probably have louder amplifiers.
Word has it the Foo Fighters are planning to headline a July, 1997, rock festival in Roswell, New Mexico, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the supposed crash-landing there of an alien spacecraft.
Bandleader Dave Grohl named the group after a slang term for UFOs, and his record label is Roswell Records, so his interest in the gig is high. He wants to perform smack-dab in the farmer's field where, legend has it, a flying saucer crashed on July 4, 1947, carrying four aliens.
The aliens were DOA when discovered by earthlings, and conspiracy theorists claim the U.S. military whisked the bodies away for a secret autopsy. The crash was officially acknowledged, but the Pentagon insists it was just a stray weather balloon, not a saucer.
Grohl won't have trouble finding other bands to perform with in Roswell. A recent Rolling Stone story revealed that many rockers are fascinated by talk of extraterrestrial life.
Bands aren't waiting until 1997 to rock Roswell. In two weeks, from July 4-6, the 49th anniversary of the UFO crash will be celebrated by the town, with an event called Roswell UFO Encounter '96.
The many festivities include a rock concert, and organizers say they're hoping to soon announce two well-known acts to perform in Roswell. One group rumored is Blue Oyster Cult, which is said to be mad about UFOs. Deep Purple is also deep into the paranormal.
A natural for the show would be The Roswell Incident, an unsigned band in Cincinnati that covers the universe with its music. The band describes itself in its Web site as "a combination of funk, jazz, rock, metal, fusion, punk reggae, ska and blues." The site has samples of songs, including "Hanger 18," a reference to the secret U.S. military hangar where the dead Roswell aliens were reportedly taken.
Roswell festival organizers should also beam up George Clinton. The funkmaster has just reunited with bassist Bootsy Collins and other Parliament-Funkadelic originals for a new UFO-themed album titled "The Awesome Power Of A Fully Operational Mothership."
In the June issue of New York's Paper magazine, which you can read online, Clinton [no relation to the President] tells how he became a believer in UFOs after he and Collins saw one in the sky above Toronto, of all places.
Clinton also believes the rise of the Internet is linked with an alien visit to Earth that will happen in the year 2000. His logic is that since the U.S. military invented the Internet, and the military is covering up the Roswell incident, then there's got to be a connection.
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