When an aging rock star claims to have seen a UFO, what drug first comes to mind? When the aging rock star is a member of the Rolling Stones, what DRUGS come to mind? If the Stone isn’t Keith Richards, is the sighting more believable? Jo Wood, the ex-wife of Stone guitarist Ronnie Wood, says in a new interview that they both saw a UFO while on vacation in Brazil
Ronnie was out wandering around and he started shouting. 'Jo, Jo, come here, come here, there's something weird over by the sea'.
"Ronnie was out wandering around" - that sounds like a typical day in the life of Ronnie Wood. Jo Wood was being interviewed by Peter Andre, another rocker, on the British daytime television show This Morning when she made the stunning revelation. She says they were in Recife in 2007 on the far eastern coast of Brazil when they had their encounter.
Above the sea was this massive thing and the lights came down. It just suddenly went and stopped and then went... It was gone, just like that.
Ronnie wasn’t interviewed by Andre – the couple divorced in 2009 – and Jo didn’t offer any other details. However, it should come as no surprise that Wood is not the only Rolling Stone who has seen UFOs.
In his book, Rock: The Rock 'n' Roll Extraterrestrial Connection, author Michael C. Luckman tells about an encounter Mick Jagger described to him.
In 1968 he went camping in Glastonbury with his then girlfriend, singer Marianne Faithful, and encountered a rare, luminous cigar-shaped mothership. Around the same time Mick had a UFO detector installed at his British estate. The alarm kept on going off whenever he left home, indicating the presence of strong electromagnetic activity in the immediate area.
1968? Marianne Faithful? Tough to rule out psychedelics here. Sir Mick also claimed to have seen a UFO during the Stones concert at Altamont in 1969. Despite cameras being everywhere to film the concert, there are no images of it.
Perhaps Keith Richards saw it and doesn’t remember it – that’s certainly plausible. Keith was friends with Gram Parsons, who reportedly liked to take LSD and look for UFOs in California’s Joshua Tree National Park and the two did just that in 1969. Although there’s no record of any sightings on the trip (pun intended), Keith is quoted as saying, “Here we are, here we go. UFO!” Why?
Then there’s drummer Charlie Watts. Although it doesn't appear he's gone on record saying he’s seen the inside of a UFO, he has seen the inside of UFO Records in England where he recorded "From One Charlie," his excellent CD that was an ode to Charlie Parker.
OK, so some of these UFO sightings and connections are a little secondhand and possibly hallucinatory … but it’s the Rolling Stones –- Ronnie, Mick, Keith and Charlie -- we’re talking about here! What has Tom DeLonge done for us lately? And keep an eye on Peter Andre ... he's now claiming he saw a UFO near Area 51.