House of Blues, Chicago


By Randy J. Klodz, Features Editor

With the occupation of delivering radio-friendly unit shifters in an efficiency a la Mr. McFeely’s “Speedy Delivery” work ethic (unless there is postage due, of course), SR-71 jetted through their playful set at the House of Blues.

Without the use of a whole kit n caboodle of stage props or backdrops, SR-71 let the music do the talking. Sparking the set with the argument anthem “Politically Correct,” later merging into their latest single “Another Night Alone,” and nearly ending with the pop-smash “Right Now;” the Baltimore quartet refused to succumb to jokes of flatulence, much like their alterna-pop predecessors blink-182 do, to win over their fans.

In order to display their full range of musical knowledge, Mitch Allan and Mark Beauchemin traded guitar rifts creatively mimicking AC/DC’s “Shook Me All Night Long” and the intro to the infamous Black Sabbath death march “War Pigs,” between songs.

Right before their set concluded lead vocalist and guitarist Mitch Allan reported that “There is a rumor that we will be touring with Bon Jovi, wouldn’t that be something seeing SR-71 and Bon Jovi at the same show?”

The rumor proved to be true. In fact, SR-71 are currently the appetizers on Bon Jovi’s tour of North America. Although this tour is not currently scheduled to appear locally, become one with SR-71's official Web site for tour updates.

Mitch Allan of SR-71 Photo: Randy J. Klodz