John Hinckley Jr.who attempted to assassinate then-President Ronald Reagan and injured his press secretary James Brady in a shootout, has developed his music career over the past few years and has just announced he has sold out a gig in Brooklyn.
Hinckley became infamous in 1981 when he shot Reagen non-lethally after shooting him six times with a revolver. Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity, primarily because his assassination attempt was motivated by an obsession with the actress. Jodie Foster, which he had been stalking for years at this point. He was probably trying to replicate the events of the movie Taxi driver in which Foster co-starred, where lead character Travis Bickle attempted to assassinate a presidential candidate.
My show in Brooklyn NY on July 8 is sold out!!! pic.twitter.com/TpX02OSGQA
—John Hinckley (@JohnHinckley20) April 12, 2022
The show, which takes place on July 8, takes place at the Brooklyn Market Hotel concert hall. Hinckley was cleared from his mental institution in 2016 and had been creating music anonymously for some time with little success. In 2020, it was determined by a judge that Hinckley could release music under his own name, and he has since developed a small following on YouTube with his home-recorded performances.
His videos include both covers and original songs performed mostly on Hinckley’s guitar. In early videos, he would ask viewers for advice on which record companies to feature, but he has since apparently put that responsibility in his own hands and founded a record company himself, called Emporia Records. He says their first release will be a 14-track CD featuring his original songs and covers. He also posted a call on his YouTube channel asking band members to join him in making music.
The venue for the concert, Market Hotel, is a well-known venue in the city with a proclivity for indie music but many other genres featured in their concerts. Market Hotel remained adamant in keeping the gig going even though some critics online fired them for booking Hinckley.
A tweet from the Market Hotel said Hinckley “paid his debt to society” and also mentioned, “Several indie darlings had mental health issues + committed violence/attempted to kill people.” A reply in the same thread from Market Hotel also said “Ha! Hinckley didn’t screw up a billionth as many lives as Administrator Reagan. And Hinkcley at least had to face some reward for what he did.
Man served 40 years in prison/mental health treatment, paid his debt to society. Several indie music darlings had mental health issues + committed violence/attempted to kill people. Daniel Johnston, for example, tried to kill more than once and tried to crash a plane
— MARKET HOTEL (@markethotelnyc) April 9, 2022
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