“I don’t get a gig,” complains Reagan Shooter in his new life as a musician


John Hinckley, who assassinated US President Ronald Reagan in 1981, has complained that his new life as a musician is being stifled by venues that have repeatedly canceled his shows due to public backlash.

The 67-year-old was found not guilty on grounds of mental illness and spent 35 years in a psychiatric hospital before being released in 2016.

Now, 41 years after the shooting – which left three others wounded outside the Washington Hilton Hotel – Mr Hinckley is free of all parole conditions and is trying to make it as a musician.

His music has attracted 30,000 subscribers on YouTube and more than 15,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, but he’s faced a number of hurdles trying to play live shows.

The Market Hotel in Brooklyn, New York, said a planned concert was “not worth a gamble when it comes to the safety of our vulnerable communities in a dangerously radicalized, reactionary climate.”

Five hundred tickets had already been sold, but the venue said it was being inundated with “some very real and worsening threats and hatred”.

Mr Hinckley said he was very disappointed. Other venues followed suit.

Faced with mounting cancellations, Mr Hinckley took matters into his own hands and rented the theater at the Williamsburg Regional Library for a November performance.

Three hours after announcing the performance, the venue canceled its performance because it “immediately received hostile comments via chat and email” and it was becoming “clear that the concert would become a major disruption to library operations,” according to the library spokesman.

Reagan survived the shooting and was 93 when he died in California in 2004. However, there was backlash from his family.

Patti Davis, one of his daughters, said: “I don’t think John Hinckley has any regrets. Narcissists rarely do that.”

Mr Hinckley insisted he did. “I just don’t have the depression and isolation that I had then, it’s like it’s like a different person.”

He added: “I certainly have regrets for what happened.”

Telegraph Media Group Limited [2022] “I don’t get a gig,” complains Reagan Shooter in his new life as a musician

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