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

Sam Smith wins 4 Grammys, but Beck nabs album of the year

British phenom Sam Smith got the best cure for a breakup: four Grammys, including song and record of the year.

Updated: February 09, 2015, - 01:33 PM

Dylan gives speech of a lifetime at Grammys benefit

After several superstars sang his words, he talked at length about his career, process and critics.

Updated: February 07, 2015, - 05:58 PM

Grammys bring final fanfare for Minn. composer Stephen Paulus

Four months after the death of St. Paul composer Stephen Paulus, his family hopes to pick up his first Grammy.

Updated: February 06, 2015, - 04:58 PM

Regrets, he's had a few: Dylan sings Sinatra on new album

REVIEW: Bob Dylan's new album of standards, “Shadows in the Night,” out Tuesday, brings an emotional focus that seems like an extension of his more recent personal work.

Updated: February 03, 2015, - 05:42 AM

Def Leppard, Alan Jackson, Turtles to return to State Fair grandstand

Even though we’re in the midst of the St. Paul Winter Carnival, the Minnesota State Fair wants to get on our radar. Def Leppard, Alan Jackson and the Turtles are the latest acts to be announced for this summer’s grandstand lineup.

Updated: January 27, 2015, - 10:38 AM

Grammy-nominated Sam Smith's concert wasn't as great as album

Smith is a rising young pop star from England, popular enough to earn six Grammy nominations and to draw a sell-out crowd on Saturday night at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul for his Twin Cities debut.

Updated: January 26, 2015, - 12:15 PM

Fleetwood Mac reprises familiar flair on return trip

Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham injected their usual emotional energy at Xcel Energy Center in opening the second leg of the band's reunion tour.

Updated: January 17, 2015, - 09:54 AM

Nicks on C. McVie: 'She brings the funny back into Fleetwood Mac'

Stevie Nicks is thrilled to be on tour again with Fleetwood Mac and singer/keyboardist Christine McVie. But she sounds daunted by the band’s schedule, which brings them back to the Twin Cities this week.

Updated: January 13, 2015, - 07:38 PM

What would Elvis be like at 80?

Elvis Presley would turn 80 on Thursday. Wonder what he’d be like if he were still alive and performing?

Updated: January 02, 2015, - 03:30 PM

10 best concerts, albums of 2014

Our critics agreed on vets Paul McCartney and St. Vincent and newcomers FKA Twigs and Sturgill Simpson.

Updated: December 22, 2014, - 02:04 PM

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