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Aaron Carter returns to The Looney Bin

April 2, 2019

BRADLEY — Aaron Carter is back for redemption.

The pop musician and former teen idol of the early 2000s is returning to The Looney Bin to perform at 9 p.m. June 15.

Carter’s arrival will mark his first time back at The Bin since his debut performance on Feb. 17, 2017, a night which ended in his hospitalization.

During his performance, Carter was reportedly attacked on stage, as previously reported by the Daily Journal. The incident was recorded by several audience members and shared by media company TMZ.

The TMZ attention only partially surprised The Looney Bin owner Nick Huffman, who said he figured the outlet known for spreading celebrity gossip news would come calling, but it would be a foolish act on his own part which would cause the attention.

“We always thought TMZ was coming eventually, but I thought it’d be from some dumb s*** I did,” reflected Huffman.

Two years later, Huffman and Carter have apparently moved past the drama. Inside The Bin, visitors can see ceiling titles dedicated to Carter, showing that Huffman harbors no hard feelings.

“I’m glad he can finally laugh about it because everyone else spent the last two years doing just that,” Huffman said. “I’m definitely glad he’s coming and going to be a good sport about it. He’s tough.”

In June, Carter will debut a new single, “Dear Felipe,” which will be featured as a track on his upcoming album, titled “Redemption.”

Huffman is hopeful the crowd will enjoy Carter’s new music. The song reportedly references the infamous 2017 incident and explains Carter’s side of the story.

“I haven’t heard the new song,” Huffman said, “but I’m looking forward to hearing what he rhymes with ‘Felipe.’”

Carter’s Bin performance will kick off a U.S. album tour, also titled “Redemption.”

The Daily Journal asked if Huffman would be beefing up security for Carter to prevent a repeat of 2017’s incident.

“For this show, we amended the contract for Carter to provide his own security,” he said. “Apparently I’m not too good at that. On short notice, I’m not sure who we can pull through. I’m asking State’s Attorney Jim Rowe for some background checks.”

Regardless of how the night unfolds, Huffman doesn’t expect TMZ to return.

“I don’t expect anything out of California,” he said.

Doors open at 7 p.m. on June 15 for the 9 p.m. performance at The Looney Bin, located at 201 S. Schuyler Ave. in Bradley. All events are limited to those aged 21 and older.

Tickets are available for purchase online only from Outhouse Tickets beginning Friday at 8 a.m. General admission costs $15; VIP costs $30. Dinner from Bull’s BBQ and a reserved seat is an additional $25.

The event is expected to sell out quickly. Find The Bin on Facebook for more information.

The Daily Journal asked Huffman if he believes Carter’s return will become the venue’s biggest show of the year.

“That’s hard to say. I just hope it’s not the biggest train wreck of the year.”