Jon Bream

Reporter | Pop Music
Phone: 612-673-1719
Since he began covering popular music for the Star Tribune in 1974, Jon Bream has attended more than 6,000 concerts and interviewed the King of Pop, the Queen of Soul and Prince as well as Bob Dylan, U2, three Beatles, four Rolling Stones and all of Maroon 5. He has performed with Alice Cooper, jogged with Willie Nelson and has Taylor Swift on his speed dial. He has written books on Prince, Led Zeppelin and Neil Diamond. But Jon has yet to satisfy a request of many Star Tribune readers: that he take a music-appreciation class.

Recent content from Jon Bream

Grammy-nominated Sam Smith's concert wasn't as great as album

Smith is a rising young pop star from England, popular enough to earn six Grammy nominations and to draw a sell-out crowd on Saturday night at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul for his Twin Cities debut.

Updated: January 25, 2015, - 09:17 PM

Fleetwood Mac reprises familiar flair on return trip

Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham injected their usual emotional energy at Xcel Energy Center in opening the second leg of the band's reunion tour.

Updated: January 17, 2015, - 09:54 AM

Nicks on C. McVie: 'She brings the funny back into Fleetwood Mac'

Stevie Nicks is thrilled to be on tour again with Fleetwood Mac and singer/keyboardist Christine McVie. But she sounds daunted by the band’s schedule, which brings them back to the Twin Cities this week.

Updated: January 13, 2015, - 07:38 PM

What would Elvis be like at 80?

Elvis Presley would turn 80 on Thursday. Wonder what he’d be like if he were still alive and performing?

Updated: January 02, 2015, - 03:30 PM

10 best concerts, albums of 2014

Our critics agreed on vets Paul McCartney and St. Vincent and newcomers FKA Twigs and Sturgill Simpson.

Updated: December 22, 2014, - 02:04 PM

Jon Bream: A gift guide for music lovers

In this digital era, give music fans a present that’s physical.

Updated: December 16, 2014, - 03:46 PM

Longtime backup singer Lisa Fischer dazzles front and center

Review: The Stones and “20 Feet from Stardom” backup singer gets deeply soulful at the Dakota.

Updated: December 09, 2014, - 11:30 PM

Pop goes the Jingle Ball: Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Iggy Azalea

This year’s Jingle Ball was a seamlessly produced package of the hottest young pop stars — Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Meghan Trainor — who have been nominated for Grammys and reached the Top 5 of the pop charts.

Updated: December 09, 2014, - 09:48 AM

Carrie Underwood to play State Fair Aug. 29; tix on sale Saturday

Tickets will go on sale this week for country goddess Carrie Underwood’s Aug. 29 concert at the Minnesota State Fair grandstand.

Updated: December 08, 2014, - 07:42 AM

Grammy Awards nominees

Sam Smith, the British newcomer with the ordinary name and distinctively emotional voice, tied for the most Grammy Award nominations — six — with singer/producer Pharrell Williams and the juggernaut that is Beyoncé, who has now received more Grammy nominations than any other woman ever.

Updated: December 05, 2014, - 10:10 PM

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