Released from prison after 42 years, John Hinckley will play music in Athens

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After being released from prison in June, John Hinckley Jr. was sentenced in various cities across the United States, but not for committing crimes.

Hinckley, who served a 42-year sentence for the 1981 assassination attempt on then-President Ronald Reagan, is currently touring as a freelance musician.

On Tuesday, Hinckley announced via his Twitter account that he was scheduled to perform at Athens’ downtown bar and The World Famous concert venue on October 27. World-renowned bartender Jesse Conley told the Banner-Herald the event was in the works. “for a few weeks” and is officially on the program.

In October 2020, a federal court granted Hinckley permission to publicly perform and market his music, which Hinckley began sharing via YouTube in December. With a nasal accent, Hinckley performed solo acoustic covers of artists like Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley before releasing videos of his own light compositions.

Hinckley’s ‘Redemption Tour’ has gotten off to a rocky start since its launch in early summer, with concerts in New York, Connecticut and Virginia canceled after threats against venues despite ticket sales in certain places.

“I’ll be doing a show at World Famous in Athens, GA on October 27th,” Hinckley’s August 23 tweet read. “We’ll see each other there!!”

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