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

Miley Cyrus: Queen of the button-pushers

Provocative pop star Miley Cyrus, who visits St. Paul on Monday, has taken a page from Madonna’s playbook by blurring the lines between sexuality and showbiz.

Updated: March 08, 2014, - 04:55 PM

Kings of Leon deliver low energy, lackluster concert at Target Center

Review: Show lacked excitement or any kind of emotion.

Updated: March 07, 2014, - 05:50 AM

Review: Luke Bryan delivers country charm at Xcel

Who needs the Oscars? Country superstar Luke Bryan – and opening acts Cole Swindell and Lee Brice – showed...

Updated: March 03, 2014, - 08:43 AM

Luke Bryan, who plays Xcel Center Sun., is new Nashville's poster boy

Luke Bryan, who plays Xcel Center Sunday, is the poster boy for the new Nashville, a dude-centric universe where women are welcome (if they wear tight jeans).

Updated: February 27, 2014, - 06:16 PM

Paul Simon, Sting soar at Xcel despite sound problems

Veteran performers did what they do best: collaborate and soldier on with help of an ever-resourceful crowd.

Updated: February 24, 2014, - 12:43 PM

Review: Justin Timberlake's long, ambitious concert falls short

The charismatic Justin Timberlake brought “SexyBack” – and most of his other hits – to Xcel Energy Center in a marathon concert.

Updated: February 10, 2014, - 05:43 AM

The siren songs of yesterday

To boomers, the Beatles are like comfort food. But some artists of that generation still challenge themselves.

Updated: February 09, 2014, - 05:23 AM

Lady Antebellum cranks it up at Target Center

Nashville trio's revamped stage act was a surprising triumph for 8,000 fans.

Updated: February 08, 2014, - 07:21 AM

Kacey Musgraves is no straight arrow

Playing Target Center Friday on the heels of her Grammy triumph, country star Kacey Musgraves keeps it real, without any sugar-coating.

Updated: February 07, 2014, - 08:38 PM

Scruffy 400 Bar will be reborn as a splashy Mall of America club

It could host as many as 1,000 fans for concerts — in contrast to the scruffy corner bar that squeezed in fewer than 400 ­people before closing in November 2012 after several years of steadily declining business.

Updated: February 04, 2014, - 10:11 PM

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