Ronald Reagan shooter John Hinckley scheduled for Brooklyn show: ‘Ticket sales are good’ | Guitare.com
John Hinckley, the man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, will perform a live show in Brooklyn this summer.
In 1981, John Hinckley Jr – now called John Hinckley – shot and killed President Reagan and three others in a failed assassination attempt. After spending 34 years in institutional psychiatric care, Hinckley was released in 2016 into the custody of his mother.
After his release, Hinckley started making music and has since released 10 songs on Spotify and over thirty on his YouTube channel. Last Friday, the shooter-turned-singer announced on Twitter that he would be performing some of his songs live at an upcoming concert at Brooklyn’s Market Hotel on July 8.
He tweeted: “I’m very excited about my next show. Ticket sales are good. July 8, Market Hotel in Brooklyn, New York. Hinckley also noted that “special guests” would be making appearances.
Great news!! I will be performing on July 8 at the Market Hotel in Brooklyn, NY. Get your tickets while you can.
— John Hinckley (@JohnHinckley20) April 8, 2022
The announcement drew mixed reactions, with many on Twitter demanding an explanation as to why Market Hotel would book someone who had previously tried to kill a president.
The hotel replied: ‘The man has 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, attempted to kill more than once and attempted to crash a plane.
Scenic Presents, the Brooklyn company behind the show, also tweeted the news.
Get tickets now! https://t.co/JDhAKVHyHX pic.twitter.com/sllTm6WiYa
— Scenic Gifts (@ScenicNYC) April 8, 2022
Tickets to the show are $20 each, and proof of completed COVID vaccination and a mask are required for entry.
Get your tickets here.