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

Rodriguez is sweeter than sugar, man

Star of Oscar-winning movie was more musically satisfying in sold-out St. Paul concert than on film.

Updated: May 16, 2013, - 07:41 AM

Music spotlight: Rodriguez

A 2012 movie, appearances on Letterman and Leno and an Oscar have created an audience for Rodriguez, 70, who sounds a bit like Cat Stevens with a protest streak.

Updated: May 10, 2013, - 01:17 PM

Bruce Swedien, godfather of Twin Cities recording, returns home

After a Grammy-winning career, recording engineer Bruce Swedien is back in Minneapolis for one last album.

Updated: May 10, 2013, - 01:12 PM

Lindsey Buckingham, not Nicks, carries Fleetwood Mac

Live-wire Lindsey Buckingham, not croaky Stevie Nicks, carried Fleetwood Mac Sunday night at the X.

Updated: April 29, 2013, - 05:57 AM

From Beastie Boys to Megadeth, Tim Carr championed outsiders

APPRECIATION: From the Twin Cities, where he was born, to Thailand, where he died, puckish impresario Tim Carr always had an eye for artistry, whether it was David Byrne or the Beastie Boys.

Updated: April 26, 2013, - 11:41 AM

Review: Dialogue would help with Molly Ringwald's shaky direction

Before the 45-year-old actress-turned-singer landed at the Dakota Jazz Club on Tuesday night, she should have enlisted someone like her late, great director John Hughes to give her some sage advice on how to do this jazz singer thing between acting gigs.

Updated: April 24, 2013, - 05:48 AM

Pop music spotlight: Nick Drake tribute

British singer/songwriter Nick Drake made only three albums from 1969 to ’72, but those works have elevated him to revered status

Updated: April 19, 2013, - 02:24 PM

Ted Nugent talks guns, guitars, rocking with REO, Styx

Ted Nugent, a guitar hero since the 1970s, has become a right-wing icon. He performs with REO Speedwagon and Styx on a tour coming to Target Center Friday night.

Updated: April 17, 2013, - 05:41 PM

Bon Jovi takes awhile to rev up with hired guns

Jon Bon Jovi showed up at sold-out Xcel Energy Center Sunday without founding guitarist Richie Sambora. The 2¾-hour performance felt like the Jon Bon Jovi Show, not a Bon Jovi concert.

Updated: April 08, 2013, - 07:25 AM

Mike Nesmith, Monkees' Renaissance man, plays solo

Michael Nesmith, the Monkees’ Renaissance man, plays Friday at the Fitzgerald Theater as part of his first solo tour in more than 20 years.

Updated: April 05, 2013, - 05:21 PM

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