When would-be assassin John Hinckley, Jr. won his unconditional release from federal custody last year, I assumed that he would avoid the public spotlight going forward. Instead, he’s launched a career as a singer-songwriter, though he’s running into a problem. As it turns out, some folks are taking issue with his new venture, and at least one of his upcoming shows has been cancelled. Promoters in Hamden, Connecticut put out the word this week that a July concert at the Space Ballroom in Hamden is off after a large number of complaints.
Concert promoter Manic Presents announced online Wednesday evening that the show has now been canceled. The announcement follows an outpouring of only invective against the decision to host the performance. Not surprisingly, the announcement to cancel the show has subsequently sparked online criticism, as well. (Sample: “ONCE AGAIN THE WOKE MOB SUPPRESSES FREE EXPRESSION”)
This story is so bizarre that the writer in Connecticut felt the need to post a disclaimer stating “This article is true. It is not republished from the Onion,” but I have a hard time imagining even a satirical news site coming up with this twist. And honestly, I’m not sure what’s more surprising; the fact that Hinckley, Jr. has had a concert cancelled, or the fact that his first show has already sold out.
Hinckley announced on Twitter that he’d be performing at Market Hotel — a Bushwick venue more accustomed to hosting post-industrial acts like Machine Girl and Dreamcrusher than folky singer-songwriters of Hinckley’s variety — on July 8. On Tuesday, after a weekend of speedy ticket sales, he proudly proclaimed that he’d sold out the club, an assertion backed up by Market’s landing page for the show. And this afternoon, he further shared that he’d be adding more dates to the “John Hinckley Redemption Tour.”