PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Dan Aykroyd’s performance with the late John Belushi in “The Blues Brothers” is just one of his many starring roles. Now, instead of singing the blues, he’s selling the booze.
Fans at Rivers Casino lined up for autographs and a taste of his Crystal Head Vodka. The co-founder said there’s more to the crystal skulls than being bottles for premium vodka.
“They were used by the Navajos, the Mayans, the Aztecs as a scrying device, to see the future. Positivize its existence,” Aykroyd said.
Besides that, he said it’s kind of fun.
Despite his warm reception in Pittsburgh, he said his bottles are banned in his native Ontario.
“The Liquor Control Board of Ontario has said ‘We don’t like the skulls. We don’t like the death association.’ Well, the Mexican day of the dead, they celebrate those who have gone before,” Aykroyd said.
Those sentiments led him to write and star in Ghostbusters.
Aykroyd’s connection with the supernatural doesn’t stop with Ghostbusters and skull shaped bottles.
His grandfather conducted séances in the basement of his Ontario home.
But his visit to Pittsburgh is rooted in the here and now, including his role in an upcoming movie.
“I have the honor and the responsibility of voicing the character Yogi Bear,” Aykroyd said. “Happy holidays people. Hey Boob. Where’s that birthday cake?”
“I only do that for special people. We’re trying to sell tickets, you know.”