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

It's a Wonder-ful life: Music legend returns for 1st time in 27 years

It’s been 27 years since Stevie Wonder's last Twin Cities performance. So in honor of Sunday’s show at Target Center, we offer 27 fun facts about one of the most revered music makers of our time.

Updated: March 27, 2015, - 10:56 AM

At sold-out Xcel, frontman Adam Levine maroons the band

REVIEW: Maroon 5 was there, but in name only as the ubiquitous Levine stole the show in St. Paul. Still, the group made the music more compelling live than on their unapologetically commercial pop/rock recordings,

Updated: March 24, 2015, - 05:44 AM

Concert review: Grande's not big enough to pull off arena spectacle

Her Honeymoon Tour, at the Xcel Sunday, showed the pop star’s lack of experience.

Updated: March 02, 2015, - 12:02 AM

A homecoming for Mr. & Mrs. Banjo

Béla Fleck and his Twin Cities-bred wife, Abigail Washburn, bring their first joint tour (and toddler) to town Wednesday.

Updated: February 24, 2015, - 06:54 PM

Riot grrrls: Babes in Toyland vs. Sleater-Kinney

Babes in Toyland and Sleater-Kinney often get mentioned in the same sentence. Female rock trios that were part of the...

Updated: February 23, 2015, - 05:51 PM

Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias bring the Miami heat to Minneapolis

Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias team up for a hot night at Target Center.

Updated: February 22, 2015, - 02:26 PM

Influential Mpls. band Babes in Toyland reunites for L.A. gig

The influential Minneapolis postpunk band is playing its first big gig in 18 years Thursday in Hollywood.

Updated: February 11, 2015, - 11:19 AM

Sam Smith wins 4 Grammys, but Beck nabs album of the year

British phenom Sam Smith got the best cure for a breakup: four Grammys, including song and record of the year.

Updated: February 09, 2015, - 01:33 PM

Dylan gives speech of a lifetime at Grammys benefit

After several superstars sang his words, he talked at length about his career, process and critics.

Updated: February 07, 2015, - 05:58 PM

Grammys bring final fanfare for Minn. composer Stephen Paulus

Four months after the death of St. Paul composer Stephen Paulus, his family hopes to pick up his first Grammy.

Updated: February 06, 2015, - 04:58 PM

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