Shaun Ryder opens up about teenage alien encounter

Happy Mondays frontman is presenting his own show on UFO's

Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder has admitted to having an alien encounter when he was a teenager – watch it below.

The hard-partying singer has been traveling the world investigating the subject for the show, which begin airing on History on November 10.

Speaking to The Sun, he says he became interested in aliens after seeing one when he was on his way to work.


“I was 15 years old and I was on my first job,” he said. “I’d left school and I had a job as a messenger boy at the post office. It was about 6.30 in the morning – still dark but just coming light. I was coming to the bus stop and I saw this light in the sky.”

He continued: “It looked like a ball of light that was just zooming about. It sort of hovered there, then it zoomed off. I was a pretty straight kid when I was 15 – there was no drunk or drugs. So that’s what really set me off thinking, knowing that there’s definitely something out there.”
A few months later, he adds, the same thing happened again at a bus stop in Salford where he saw “hundreds of lights going across the sky, moving really slowly”.

Happy Mondays will play UK tour to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their second album ‘Bummed’ next month.

Happy Mondays will play:

Canterbury Kings Hall (November 21)
London The Forum (22)
Manchester Ritz (23)
Norwich UEA (25)
Leicester O2 Academy (28)
Newcastle O2 Academy (29)
Leeds O2 Academy (30)
Glasgow O2 Academy (December 1)
Hertfordshire The Forum (4)
Bournemouth O2 Academy (5)
Birmingham O2 Academy (6)
Liverpool O2 Academy (7)
Sheffield O2 Academy (12)
Oxford O2 Academy (13)

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