Dan Aykroyd Is On a Mission From God With New Blues Brothers Audio Documentary

Dan Aykroyd is getting the band back together to tell the story of The Blues Brothers.

As Variety reports, Aykroyd will host Blues Brothers: The Arc of Gratitude, a new audio documentary from Audible about the unlikely blues band.

Akyroyd co-founded The Blues Brothers with John Belushi when the duo were cast members on Saturday Night Live. Though it was a separate project from their SNL comedy efforts, the duo brought the band to the show on numerous occasions, appearing in sketches and as the musical guest. 

The “brothers” eventually landed their own feature film in 1980, which was directed by John Landis and co-written by Landis and Aykroyd.

Since Belushi’s death in 1982, Aykroyd has continued performing under The Blues Brothers name with various lineups, including John’s brother Jim Belushi. In 1998, Akyroyd and John Goodman co-starred in a movie sequel, Blues Brothers 2000. The group’s success also led Aykroyd to co-found the live music venue House of Blues in 1992; it now boasts locations nationwide.

In Blues Brothers: The Arc of Gratitude, Aykroyd will tell the story of the group’s formation, recount their unlikely success, and discuss some of their best-known covers.

Through interviews with Landis, Jim Belushi, Judy Belushi Pisano (John Belushi’s widow), Paul Shaffer, and more, the documentary will serve as “a journey through American music, centered around the recordings and performances of the Blues Brothers,” Aykroyd says in the documentary’s introduction. 

However, the most interesting insights might come from the late John Belushi. The documentary will include a previously-unheard interview with the SNL legend.

The nearly two-hour audio doc will be available exclusively on Audible on July 25th.

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