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BLUES BROTHERS 2000

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Now trademarkable icons, Jake and Elwood Blues, a

Now trademarkable icons, Jake and Elwood Blues, a.k.a The Blues Brothers, were first created by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd in the early 1970's in Toronto, Canada. Born from a mutual passion for music, Aykroyd for the blues and Belushi for rock and roll, the act was initially performed at New York's Lone Star Café with Willie Nelson and Room Full of Blues as the back-up band before being integrated into the 1977­78 Saturday Night Live season. As the duo's popularity grew, their endeavor grew musically serious and they enlisted a core of top­flight musicians to help them with their mission to bring rhythm and blues back into the mainstream of the American consciousness.

In 1978, The Blues Brothers released their first album, Briefcase Full of Blues. Recorded live at the Universal Amphitheater, the album, with the hit single "Soul Man," hit #1 on the national charts and the album quickly started its climb to what has now become triple platinum status.

The following year, Aykroyd and Belushi began filming The Blues Brothers with director and co­writer John Landis at the helm. Released in 1980, the film instantly became a huge box office success, grossing over $80 million domestically and propelling The Blues Brothers to the forefront of pop culture and putting rhythm and blues back on the pop charts. The mission was successful.

John Belushi's untimely death in 1982 stalled the mission, but the movie's cult status throughout the world has kept his and Aykroyd's passion for rhythm and blues alive.

Now, with Blues Brothers 2000, the story and the music continues.

"I always thought there was another story to be told, but when John died everything just kind of stopped," explains Aykroyd. "As time went by and I began to play with the band again at House of Blues openings and went through a few changes in my own life, as well, I came to the point where I felt I could finally sit down and write the next chapter in Elwood's life."

Blues Brothers 2000, explains Aykroyd, is about Elwood's search for family and his resulting redemption. "Elwood's pretty depressed when he gets out of prison and realizes that a lot of the people he loved in the past are gone from his life, so he has to find some reason to go on, a reason to continue living," explains Aykroyd. "Certain omens provided by providence and the love of his old friends help him get his life back together. And along the way, he discovers a sense of family. It's a real American odyssey in the most classic sense."

For director John Landis, bringing The Blues Brothers back to the big screen presented a rare opportunity to explore the events that play out in people's lives over an extended period of time.

"Blues Brothers 2000 is a sequel in the truest sense of the word and I find that really exciting," comments Landis. "Not only does it pick up 18 years after the old one left off and genuinely continues the story of Elwood Blues, but I think it's one of the few pictures in history to actually have most of the original cast members Aretha Franklin, Kathleen Freeman, Frank Oz. Steve Lawrence, the Band, James Brown-return to play the same characters. And they're all literally 18 years older."

"I think this movie has a lot more heart than the first one in that it's made by middle­aged people as opposed to kids," laughs the director. "We all have families now and a slightly different take on things than we did when we were making the first fi

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