Would-be Reagan assassin’s Connecticut concert canceled following backlash

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John Hinckley Jr., who came to notorious fame after attempting to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in Washington, DC in 1981, was scheduled to perform at the Space Ballroom in Hamden, Connecticut on July 16 after his controversial release, but instead has been canceled reportedly due to outrage over the event.

Hinckley was released from federal custody in 2021. Instead of quietly getting on with what was left of his life, the would-be murderer decided to compose songs and play them in concert venues. His first show in Brooklyn was allegedly sold out. However, the upcoming show in Connecticut was canceled as of April 27 due to an outpouring of complaints about the concert.

Concert promoter Manic Presents broke the news on Wednesday evening that the show was nixed. People were reportedly furious over the scheduling of the performance.

Hinckley announced via Twitter that he will perform at the Market Hotel in Brooklyn on July 8. After a flood of ticket sales, on Tuesday he told the world that he’d sold out at the club. The venue backed his claim on its website. He’s also sharing with his fans that he’s adding more dates to the John Hinckley Redemption Tour. Not everyone is interested in his so-called “redemption” if the cancelation in Connecticut is any indication.

(Video Credit: John Hinckley)

In December, Hinckley announced on Twitter that he had started his own record label called Emporia Records. In January, he tweeted that he was looking for a bass player, a drummer, and a lead guitarist for his new band. His tour was set to perform in Chicago and Brooklyn.

Hinckley has written songs and released them over the past year. He released his first set of singles in October of 2021 to streaming services and released a single on April 25 as well.

His bio on the Space Ballroom website is telling:

John Hinckley was born May 29, 1955, in Ardmore, Oklahoma. After bouncing around many states, he resided in a lovely psychiatric hospital in Washington D.C. from 1981 until 2016. while there, he enjoyed playing his guitar, writing songs & poetry, creating art, & consuming their delicious food & medication.

When Devo released their 5th studio album “Oh No! it’s Devo” in 1982, they used John’s poem for their song “I Desire”. But that’s okay! John isn’t upset in the slightest! Who needs royalties? In 1985, Wall of Voodoo released their song “Far Side of Crazy”. Not only was it about John, but the name was a direct quote from his poetry.

Currently, John resides in Williamsburg, Virginia & is looking for a new place to call home. He spends his time with his cool cat Theo, creating paintings (each one in under 15 minutes), writing, generally blocking out the outside world & recording his music in his apartment studio. He just got his Gretsch g5425 Electromatic Jet Club & he’s been fiddling with that all day!


The assassination attempt on Reagan took place on March 30, 1981. The shooting left Reagan, a police officer, and a secret service agent injured. It also critically wounded Press Secretary James Brady, who became permanently disabled from the incident and died from complications years later as a result of the shooting.

Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity and was committed to institutional psychiatric care at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington state. In 2016, Hinckley was released after it was determined by the powers-that-be he “no longer presents a danger to himself or others,” according to NPR.

The New York Times reported that a judge signed off last year on lifting all remaining restrictions on Hinckley starting this June.

Before Hinckley attempted to kill Reagan, he was accused of going to New Haven, Connecticut to stalk actress Jodie Foster. He was “obsessed” with her after watching Foster in “Taxi Driver” and confessed in a letter that the attempt was made to impress her.


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