John Hinckley, a failed assassin turned musician, books a concert in NYC

Maybe he’s trying to land a #1 song with a bullet on the record charts.

Assassin wannabe John Hickley Jr. – who attempted to assassinate then-President Ronald Reagan in 1981 – has apparently achieved his goal of renaming himself a singer. He announced this on Twitter on Friday has scheduled a performance this summer in New York City.

“Big news!! I’ll be performing at the Market Hotel in Brooklyn, NY on July 8th,” he wrote in the tweet, also noting that “special guests” would be performing. “Grab tickets while you can.”

The show was confirmed in a post on the hotel’s Instagram Stories. A link on the Venue Pilot ticket page offers a $20 ticket price for the 8 p.m. show.

It was unclear if the July performance would be Hinckley’s first-ever public live performance.

Scenic Presents – a Brooklyn concert promotion company handling the show and tweeted the news too – declined a request for comment from The Post, which also reached out to the hotel for a statement.

Reactions to his announcement have included people asking him to book shows in cities like Boston and Chicago and inquiring if shirts and other merchandise are available — just like any touring artist.

John Hinckley has posted half a dozen videos on a YouTube channel.
John Hinckley has released dozens of songs on YouTube, iTunes and Spotify.

In December 2020, Hinckley, now 66, created a YouTube account to pursue a long-held dream of working in the music industry. Since then, he has uploaded more than three dozen videos to the account, which has more than 26,000 subscribers. The clips show him strumming a guitar and singing, with a touch of country twang, both reportedly original material – including tunes of hope and love with tracks like “May Your Dreams Come True”, “Can’t We Get.” Along” and “You and I Are Free” – and covers of songs by artists such as Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley.

Comments were later disabled for his YouTube channel, but early commenters seemed like fans from the start. “When I heard you were fired and making songs on YouTube I thought it was a joke but far from it was such a beautiful song,” one fan wrote. “You are very talented, please do more.”

Hinckley announced last December that he plans to start his own record label, Emporia Records, which will premiere with a 14-track CD of his music. He also said interested musicians could submit their own CD or tape demos to him through a PO Box in Williamsburg, Virginia.

The post counted 29 of his own tracks currently available on iTunes, and his songs are also available on Spotify. his latest single titled “Dark is the Night” was released for streaming on April 1st.

Hickley opened fire on Reagan outside a Washington, DC hotel on March 30, 1981 – hitting him once in the chest and hitting three others, including Press Secretary James Brady, who was partially paralyzed for the rest of his life. Reagan survived and was hospitalized for two weeks.

Hinckley became fixated on actress Jodie Foster, who starred as a prostitute in the film Taxi Driver, and pursued her in hopes of catching her attention. He ended up plotting an attempt to assassinate the President, eerily mirroring an assassination attempt by another character in the film, Travis Buckle, played by Robert De Niro.

Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity and spent 35 years in a psychiatric facility. In 2016, Hinckley moved in with his mother in Virginia and two years later moved away to live alone. John Hinckley, a failed assassin turned musician, books a concert in NYC


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