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

OMG! Garth is still golden

Review: Garth Brooks began a record run with a spirited show at Target Center. The once and future king of country music couldn’t believe the enthusiasm the 19,000 fans showed Thursday.

Updated: November 07, 2014, - 11:26 AM

More than Garth: Twin Cities a country-music mecca

Why? People here are willing to listen to new music rather than oldies. They like going out. The economy is solid. Ticket prices are reasonable. But most of all, the music hits home.

Updated: November 06, 2014, - 06:52 AM

Bob Dylan goes eclectic in homecoming concert

REVIEW: First Orpheum show focused on the recent past and delivered a distinctively musical performance.

Updated: November 05, 2014, - 09:21 AM

Silent partner: Dylan once owned Minneapolis' Orpheum Theatre

Bob Dylan takes over the Orpheum in Minneapolis for three nights this week. But for a decade, he actually owned the place.

Updated: November 04, 2014, - 03:47 PM

Prince plays by own rules on 'SNL'

The eight-minute performance was a fast and furious demonstration of Prince’s potency as a performer.

Updated: November 03, 2014, - 05:36 AM

Review: James Taylor is as comfy as an old flannel shirt

The Hall of Fame singer gave crowd a warm feeling as he performed before 10,000 in St. Paul in a...

Updated: November 03, 2014, - 05:35 AM

Garth Brooks casts a long shadow

Garth Brooks, the man who reshaped the country music landscape, returns to Minneapolis after a 16-year break for another record-setting run.

Updated: November 02, 2014, - 06:43 AM

Red-hot rapper Iggy Azalea plays cool at U concert

In front of a sold-out crowd of 10,000 at TCF Stadium, her lifeless performance lacked the sizzle of her best...

Updated: October 18, 2014, - 10:47 PM

Full Fleetwood Mac is back but lacked palpable camaraderie

REVIEW: This heyday incarnation — reassembled after some rocky years — came across as democratic, respectful, polite and mostly sparks-free.

Updated: October 01, 2014, - 09:06 AM

New albums are a welcome end to Prince's recording drought

REVIEW: The Purple One drops two new albums Tuesday — the more fully realized and satisfying “PlectrumElectrum” with his female trio, and the one-man band effort “Art Official Age,” which seems to be a concept album that’s a bit unformed.

Updated: September 29, 2014, - 01:23 PM

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