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Dan Aykroyd Has ‘Mission From God’ To Promote The Blues

Dan Aykroyd Has 'Mission From God' To Promote The Blues

Dan Aykroyd is on a mission from God to promote the blues.

The former Blues Brothers star and aficionado of the musical genre recently traveled back to his “second” hometown of Chicago to honor blues legend Lonnie Brooks on his 80th birthday. Aykroyd led a celebration at the House of Blues that included performances from greats like Shemekia Copeland, Otis Taylor, Billy Branch, Jellybean Johnson, Otis Clay, Big Head Todd, Cicero Blake, Lil Ed, and Eddy Clearwater.

“I don’t think you are going to see something like this in Chicago in a long time,” the Canadian Aykroyd said after the celebration.

Dan Aykroyd said the event was about more than honoring the past, but bringing attention to the genre to ensure future for the blues.

Aykroyd noted that few radio stations play the blues, but he’s trying to change that. For the past 22 years he has hosted a radio show called The Blues Mobile, one that is now syndicated in close to 200 stations across the country.

“We are totally dedicated to the mission, and the mission from God is to sell tickets for the artists, to sell their records for the artists, to sell their reputations so you have a forum to talk about their music and to get audiences interested and drive them forward,” Aykroyd said. “We get the satisfaction of helping people to celebrate their careers. Radio needs to service blues a little more.”

Keeping the blues alive is not easy, Aykroyd said. In many cities the genre has died out entirely, with no clubs in New York to speak of that feature the blues. Even in Chicago, once a hotbed for the blues, shows struggle to bring in 1,500 people, he noted.

Promoting the blues isn’t the only thing Dan Aykroyd is up to these days. After spending more than a decade developing Ghostbusters 3, Aykroyd recently announced that he has renewed efforts to bring the movie to the big screen.

“We’ve got a new writing staff working on it now. It’s got to be perfect.” Aykroyd told WIVB. “That’s the whole thing. There’s no point in doing it unless it’s perfect. So that’s what we’re up to now.”

Dan Aykroyd isn’t giving up on his own music, either. At the celebration for Lonnie Brooks he joined more than a dozen blues legends on stage for a rendition of “Sweet Home Chicago.”

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5 Responses to “Dan Aykroyd Has ‘Mission From God’ To Promote The Blues”

  1. Sammy Yara

    mission from God is to sell tickets
    Mission from God to promote the Blues? Not mission from God to feed the hungry, cured cancer, or cure aids in Africa? Just to promote the Blues?

    Here now: God gave me a mission. He said not to listen to BS from people who excuse their reasons for promoting things that have nothing to do with saving the poor, sick and helpless.

    What in the world people, please listen to the voice of reason. God did not talk to anyone. Do good for others, and make the world a better place. Do it because it is the right thing to do. Don’t pretend that you are doing something because God gave you a special mission, it is just not so.

    I am a humanist, please be one too.

  2. Steve Janowski

    Sammy. perhaps you are too young, but "on a mission from God" is a referrence to the 1980 musical-comedy "The Blues Brothers" (starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi), in which the brothers receive an inspiration in church on how to raise money to save their childhood orphanage.. Even God has a sense of humor, so lighten up!!

  3. Donald Allen Quantz

    Sammy I feel sorry for you if you don't know that God has spoken to you. God speaks to all of us. It is up to you to find how He is speaking to you and recognize it. I pray that you will find this in your life soon. You sound like He is working through you already in your desire to help your fellow man. God gives us all missions to spread His word in different was. Please let us all find our way. PEACE to all who seek it in GOD.