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

Watch Grammys for live music, not awards

Surprising pairings of old reliables and new stars make this a must-see night of live music.

Updated: February 09, 2013, - 07:42 PM

Pick Six: From Ruthie Foster to Eric Burdon to Madeon

A half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view -- from Ruthie Foster to Madeon.

Updated: February 08, 2013, - 03:03 PM

Pop music spotlight: George Strait

After a remarkable 32-year run with a record 44 No. 1 country singles and more than 65 million albums sold in the United States, George Strait has embarked on his farewell tour.

Updated: February 08, 2013, - 02:55 PM

Gaudy Lady Gaga pulls a disappearing act at the X

REVIEW: For much of the night, the pop star couldn't muster up the magic that made her a superstar. Too often she didn't assert her voice during songs, letting the recorded backup singers carry the choruses.

Updated: February 07, 2013, - 07:06 AM

Forever Bob Dylan

Accolades pile up. New, young fans fill audiences. Acclaim greets the latest album. But Bob Dylan remains very much a boy from the North Country.

Updated: February 03, 2013, - 07:28 PM

Feb. 3, 1978: Dylan: Minnesota, myth and movie

Santa Monica, Calif. – For 16 years, Bob Dylan has been in the public’s mind, and for most of that...

Updated: February 02, 2013, - 10:28 PM

Super Bowl show prompts diva wars

On Sunday night, Beyonce will rock the Super Bowl. We know she has powerful pipes and can dazzle with her dance moves. But how does she stack up to other big-voiced, big-spectacle pop divas coming to St. Paul this winter?

Updated: February 02, 2013, - 01:41 PM

Lucinda makes the pain go away

REVIEW: The Americana queen opened a five-night run at the Dakota Jazz Club.

Updated: February 02, 2013, - 12:23 AM

Pick Six: 2 takes on what's cool in music

A half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.

Updated: February 01, 2013, - 03:45 PM

River's Edge Music Festival will skip 2013

The big-budget River's Edge Music Festival, which revived rock on Harriet Island in St. Paul in 2012 with the Dave Matthews Band and Tool, will not be held as planned in 2013.

Updated: January 28, 2013, - 06:59 PM

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