Area 51, also known as Groom Lake, a super-secret US Air Force base in the Nevada desert, where alien rumors swirl. Handout.

Let’s just say, it wasn’t a good idea to start with. Even though two million people signed up for the “Storm Area 51” event on Facebook, the sobering reality that a highly weaponized and secure military base would likely stop them (with extreme prejudice) has come home to roost.

The event, if one can call it that — it was a Facebook joke that got out of hand — has been cancelled, Esquire reported.

It became more official when it was renamed “AlienStock,” a pun on the infamous Woodstock concerts. The highly dangerous rushing of a military base has now been repurposed as a friendly music and entertainment festival in … Las Vegas.

Go to the original Facebook page and you’ll now see the moderators of the page endorsing a music festival, rather than the first idea of running into the base and getting beat up and arrested by US military types.

This festival also hit a speed bump when it was announced that it would be in Rachel, Nevada, the nearest hospitable place to Area 51 —  only to have it deemed a major safety risk. It has now been moved to a safer location, far away from the Blackhawk helicopter gunships and “Cammo Dudes” in 4x4s who patrol the secret base.

AlienStock explains:

“Due to the lack of infrastructure, poor planning, risk management and blatant disregard for the safety of the expected 10,000+ AlienStock attendees, we decided to pull the plug on the festival.” 

AlienStock is being moved to downtown Las Vegas and will take place on September 19, the day before the storming was meant to happen, Esquire reported.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, bands booked for the event include: Brothers of Alien Rock, a costumed power trio in full-on Martian get-ups.

The group — which hails from Alien Rock City, Planet of Rocktronamos (a.k.a. Florida) — is among 20 acts set to attend the event.

The biggest name is Boots Electric, the solo project of Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes.

Elsewhere, the roster of performers includes mostly unsigned indie acts spanning numerous genres, from pop girl group Pynk Le’Monade to R&B singer Bryce Xavier to rockers The Battery Electric to singer-songwriter Lauren Kershner.

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Area 51, also called Groom Lake and Dreamland, is a max-security US Air Force base which is said to carry out secret testing of advanced aircraft and classified aircraft research. Former physicist Bob Lazar blew the lid off Area 51 in the 1990s, claiming it was involved in back-engineering alien technology.

So-called “Cammo Dudes” who patrol the perimeter at Area 51 in Nevada. File photo.

Although some critics doubt Lazar’s story, he would predict the discovery of Element 115 — an element which does not occur on earth, but can be created in a cyclotron. Lazar said the gravity wave extended beyond the atom of Element 115, and could be amplified and directed. This allowed alien aircraft to hover in the air, he claimed.

Lazar, who says he was recruited by none other than Edward Teller at Los Alamos, even said that Russian scientists were allowed at Area S-4 (a super-secret area within the base), until a batch of Element 115 mysteriously went missing.

According to US Army Colonel Philip J. Corso, author of The Day After Roswell, the standing joke in Washington was that if you wanted to find out what was going on at Area 51, you needed to check with the Soviet embassy — it was generally accepted that the KGB had penetrated the base thoroughly.

Lazar also described strange, camouflaged hangar doors at Area S-4, that were skewed at the angle of the mountain that contained it, as well as several alien craft held at the facility that were often test flown by person(s) unknown.

Also, a book he was allowed to read at S-4, that explained the history of the aliens and their involvement with earth, an involvement that went back 10,000 years. Lazar said the aliens are from a planet orbiting the twin binary star system Zeta Reticuli, and that they called our planet, Sol 3.

Thanks to Lazar’s revelations and other UFO researchers, the mysterious base in the desert (the US denied its very existence for decades) has given rise to a plethora of conspiracy theories that say the base is being used for the storage, examination and reverse engineering of crashed UFOs.

As the Area 51 legend goes, even President Dwight Eisenhower was not allowed to know what was going on at the base it was so secret. Angered, he sent them a note carried by a CIA emissary, saying he would invade the base with a potent military force — the First Army.

Only then, did officials relent, and allow the CIA informant to tour the base, who indeed saw alien saucer wreckage, and, allegedly, an imprisoned live Extraterrestrial Biological Entity (EBE) — a living alien “Grey.”

According to UFO lore, it’s believed this alien may have been retrieved from the infamous Roswell, New Mexico, UFO crash in 1947.

President elect John F. Kennedy, with President Dwight Eisenhower. File photo.

FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover, was also present during the debriefing of the CIA agent and his boss over what they had witnessed at S-4 and Area-51. According to the CIA agent, Eisenhower was shocked.

As the story goes, it appeared that Eisenhower had lost control of extraterrestrial related projects to a rogue control group called MJ-12, also known as Majestic 12.

It is said, that President John F. Kennedy was also given a tour of Area 51, but only allowed to see certain areas.

Eisenhower warned Kennedy that Majestic-12 had to be reined in. It posed a direct threat to American liberties and democratic processes.

Kennedy followed Eisenhower’s advice, and was on the verge of succeeding, by forcing the CIA to share classified UFO information with other government agencies. He was assassinated ten days later.

Meantime, US Air Force spokesperson Laura McAndrews released a warning to potential trespassers of “Storm Area 51”:

“[Area 51] is an open training range for the US Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces,” she said.

McAndrews added: “The US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”

Physicist Bob Lazar blew the lid off Area 51 in the 1990s, claiming it was involved in back-engineering alien technology. File photo.

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