Today marks the 30th anniversary of John Belushi’s death from an accidental drug overdose at the young age of 33. Dan Aykroyd and Belushi’s widow, Judith, are presenting a special performance of The Blues Brothers Revue to commemorate the legendary actor and comedian tonight in Jolie, Ill.
Aykroyd and Belushi are best known for their performances as Elwood and “Joliet” Jake Blues in “The Blues Brothers,” which originated as a skit on “Saturday Night Live.” It only seems fitting that a concert would be put on in Belushi’s memory.
The Blues Brothers Revue is produced by Aykroyd, 59, and Judith Belushi, which has been touring worldwide to sold-out venues. It incorporates humor and hit songs from the original Blues Brothers concerts, with of course celebrating the tradition that is blues. Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty star in the production.
Special guest stars and original Blues Brothers Band members are also set to make an appearance including Paul Shaffer (who you may know from the “Late Show with David Letterman”), Tom “Bones” Malone, “Blue” Lou Marini and Matt “Guitar” Murphy. Otis Day from “Animal House” will also attend. SNL’s Don Novello, known for his role as Father Guido Sarducci, will act as VIP greeter for the pre-show on the blue carpet.
Bummed you won’t be there front and center? Don’t worry, because you can watch online. This one-night performance will be broadcast live on Facebook via Milyoni’s Social Live technology. For access, log onto the Animal House and Blues Brothers fan pages. It only costs $5.
Also, if you just happen to be at a House of Blues location, you just may be lucky enough to watch the performance, as it will be simulcast to certain viewing parties. All profits will be donated in memory of Belushi to the International House of Blues Foundation, which benefits youth music and arts programs.