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

LL Cool J is old-school cool

Rapper-turned-TV star LL Cool J leads a tour of hip-hop veterans, including Public Enemy and Ice Cube, into Target Center Thursday.

Updated: May 29, 2013, - 09:41 AM

Prince in a Purple haze: He brings heavy rock sound to hometown gig

Review: With his all-female band, 3rdEyeGirl, the hometown Rock and Roll Hall of Famer delved into heavy rock at the Myth in Maplewood.

Updated: May 28, 2013, - 08:32 AM

10 reasons to be amped for summer concerts

This spring, it seemed like all the news about summer concerts was bad. But as we combed the concert calendar through Labor Day, we were pleasantly surprised to find plenty of cool trends to get us excited.

Updated: May 26, 2013, - 09:42 AM

One Direction, Pistol Annies and more: 10 reasons to get amped about Twin Cities summer concerts

10 reasons for music fans to still get amped for summer concerts.

Updated: May 23, 2013, - 09:57 AM

A night with Prince: 'This is real time'

After decades of silence, the Minnesota rocker opens up: “This is real time.”

Updated: May 19, 2013, - 09:49 AM

Promoter Sue McLean, force in Twin Cities music scene, dies at 63

Sue McLean, the force behind Basilica Block Party and zoo concerts, has died at age 63.

Updated: May 18, 2013, - 10:00 AM

Rejuvenated Prince looks forward: 'I want to work with young people'

As he prepares to turn 55 on June 7, the Minnesota music legend is turning a new page with a 23-year-old manager and his new female backup band, 3rdEyeGirl, featuring a 22-year-old drummer he discovered on the Internet.

Updated: May 16, 2013, - 06:49 PM

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

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