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Jon Bream

Reporter | Pop Music
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Since he began covering popular music for the Star Tribune in 1974, Jon Bream has attended more than 7,000 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 received Taylor Swift's calls from three different cell numbers. He has written books on Prince, Led Zeppelin, Neil Diamond and Bob Dylan. 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
Jazz legend Herbie Hancock talks music, recovery and partying with Prince

Jazz legend Herbie Hancock talks music, recovery and partying with Prince

Jazz giant Herbie Hancock is working on an album with Snoop and Pharrell; he'll preview it at the Minnesota Zoo.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Ozzy Osbourne, Pizza Lucé party, Beck

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Ozzy Osbourne, Pizza Lucé party, Beck

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Bruno Mars has it all in St. Paul — except originality

Bruno Mars has it all in St. Paul — except originality

The great all-around talent was supremely entertaining in his St. Paul concert on Saturday.
Teen star Shawn Mendes brings 'hunky, guitar-strumming sensitivity' to Xcel

Teen star Shawn Mendes brings 'hunky, guitar-strumming sensitivity' to Xcel

Teen star Shawn Mendes will make thousands of girls swoon in St. Paul on Sunday.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Bryan Ferry, Shawn Mendes, HazelFest

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Bryan Ferry, Shawn Mendes, HazelFest

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Florida Georgia Line blurs lines with Nelly, Backstreet Boys at Target Field

Florida Georgia Line blurs lines with Nelly, Backstreet Boys at Target Field

Review: The country hit-making duo mixed and matched their way to a soldout stadium show.
Billy Joel comes out swinging at Target Field, then adds a big shot in Axl Rose

Billy Joel comes out swinging at Target Field, then adds a big shot in Axl Rose

The Guns N' Roses frontman elevated the lively, entertaining evening of oldies.
Former Prince guitarist Donna Grantis debuts genre-bending band in Minneapolis

Former Prince guitarist Donna Grantis debuts genre-bending band in Minneapolis

Former Prince guitarist Donna Grantis will debut her new instrumental project on Friday.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: André Cymone at Turf Club, Wiz Khalifa at downtown Minneapolis block party

Twin Cities concerts of the week: André Cymone at Turf Club, Wiz Khalifa at downtown Minneapolis block party

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
'Bluer Than Blue' singer Michael Johnson dies at 72

'Bluer Than Blue' singer Michael Johnson dies at 72

The pop and country hitmaker spent much of his career in the Twin Cities.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Roger Waters at Xcel, Lowertown Blues Festival

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Roger Waters at Xcel, Lowertown Blues Festival

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Queen finds new king in singer Adam Lambert, as proven in St. Paul show

Queen finds new king in singer Adam Lambert, as proven in St. Paul show

Review: Xcel show offers just the right mix of bombast, camp and arena rock.
Review: Carlos Santana's smooth guitar serves his spiritual bent

Review: Carlos Santana's smooth guitar serves his spiritual bent

Review: A vision in white at Mystic Lake's amphitheater, Carlos Santana was at his most eloquent and ethereal when he let his guitar do the talking.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Kiss at Grand Casino Hinckley, Flume at the X Games

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Kiss at Grand Casino Hinckley, Flume at the X Games

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Review: Diana Ross is overjoyed in concert at Northrop

Review: Diana Ross is overjoyed in concert at Northrop

The Motown goddess celebrated her long career with an unerasable smile.
Thousands turn out on beautiful night for Basilica Block Party

Thousands turn out on beautiful night for Basilica Block Party

Church fundraiser had lots of beer, along with some lesser-known bands.
What's right – and wrong – with outdoor concerts at Twin Cities casinos

What's right – and wrong – with outdoor concerts at Twin Cities casinos

Highs and lows from this summer's many amphitheater concerts at Mystic Lake and Treasure Island casinos.
Letterman bandleader Paul Shaffer on Dylan, Prince and childhood trips to Mpls.

Letterman bandleader Paul Shaffer on Dylan, Prince and childhood trips to Mpls.

The Letterman bandleader has a new album, new tour and lots of Minnesota memories.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: B-52's at Minnesota Zoo, Bleachers at Go Fest

Twin Cities concerts of the week: B-52's at Minnesota Zoo, Bleachers at Go Fest

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Fans have fun singing all night long with Lionel Richie

Fans have fun singing all night long with Lionel Richie

Review: In his first show back after knee surgery, Lionel Richie was a crowd-pleasing, singalong entertainer at Mystic Lake on Thursday.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: En Vogue at Pride, Dale Watson & Asleep at the Wheel at the zoo

Twin Cities concerts of the week: En Vogue at Pride, Dale Watson & Asleep at the Wheel at the zoo

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Don Henley delivers fun, satisfying concert with plenty of Eagles songs

Don Henley delivers fun, satisfying concert with plenty of Eagles songs

Despite a smaller crowd, this show was more satisfying than his 2016 State Fair gig.
Revolution keyboardist shares untold stories from Prince's soon-to-be reissued 'Purple Rain'

Revolution keyboardist shares untold stories from Prince's soon-to-be reissued 'Purple Rain'

Revolution keyboardist Lisa Coleman talks about the expanded reissue coming Friday.
After all these years, New Kids on the Block still have the right stuff at Xcel

After all these years, New Kids on the Block still have the right stuff at Xcel

REVIEW: The breakthrough boy-band knows how to be entertainers in a show down one headliner with Paula Abdul's absence.
Did Bob Dylan crib his Nobel Prize lecture from SparkNotes?

Did Bob Dylan crib his Nobel Prize lecture from SparkNotes?

When he references "Moby Dick," the passages apparently were taken from SparkNotes summary of the book, not the novel itself, a Slate writer asserts.
Willie Nelson comes up short on music, big on traffic jam at Treasure Island Casino

Willie Nelson comes up short on music, big on traffic jam at Treasure Island Casino

REVIEW: Traffic jam, aging legend, short concert mar Treasure Island show.
Willie Nelson comes up short on music, big on traffic jam at Treasure Island Casino

Willie Nelson comes up short on music, big on traffic jam at Treasure Island Casino

Treasure Island Casino must have been offering some kind of treasure. Why else would Nik Johnson of St. Cloud have waited more than two hours…
Second time around, NPG hits the right notes in Prince tribute

Second time around, NPG hits the right notes in Prince tribute

Former backing band started strong at a weekend-long birthday salute at Fine Line.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Old Crow Medicine Show at the Palace, Willie Nelson at Treasure Island

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Old Crow Medicine Show at the Palace, Willie Nelson at Treasure Island

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
John Legend makes lovers swoon

John Legend makes lovers swoon

Review: His Northrop concert was heavy on songs from "Darkness and Light," but eventually he connected with the sold-out crowd.
Review: Learning to party the laidback Tom Petty way

Review: Learning to party the laidback Tom Petty way

With mid-tempo favorites and a run of rockers, the Heartbreakers delivered on Saturday in St. Paul.
How bluegrass singer Sarah Jarosz became a 'Prairie Home' favorite

How bluegrass singer Sarah Jarosz became a 'Prairie Home' favorite

A favorite of Garrison Keillor and Chris Thile, Sarah Jarosz is headed to the Dakota this week.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Rodrigo y Gabriela at First Ave, Norah Jones at Northrop

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Rodrigo y Gabriela at First Ave, Norah Jones at Northrop

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
'Women find us irresistible': Tom Petty guitarist dishes on longevity, St. Paul concert

'Women find us irresistible': Tom Petty guitarist dishes on longevity, St. Paul concert

Mike Campbell previews the band's 40th anniversary tour coming to St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center on Saturday.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Memory Lanes Block Party, Michael Kiwanuka, Regina Marie Williams

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Memory Lanes Block Party, Michael Kiwanuka, Regina Marie Williams

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
In St. Paul, it was a Neil Diamond in the rough

In St. Paul, it was a Neil Diamond in the rough

REVIEW: He was in good voice, but lacked energy and spirit in St. Paul concert.
Chris Blue wins 'The Voice,' with homeboy Jesse Larson fourth

Chris Blue wins 'The Voice,' with homeboy Jesse Larson fourth

As they say, Chris Blue blew them away. The 27-year-old worship leader from Knoxville was named the winner Tuesday on the 12th season of NBC’s…
Twin Cities finalist on NBC's 'The Voice': Prince 'taught me to believe in myself'

Twin Cities finalist on NBC's 'The Voice': Prince 'taught me to believe in myself'

The burly, bearded, bespectacled dude who's never had a voice lesson or sung in a choir is trying to find his singing voice. And he's going about it in a rather novel way.
Summer Fun 2017: GNR, Coldplay and Bieber make it the summer of the stadium concert in the Twin Cities

Summer Fun 2017: GNR, Coldplay and Bieber make it the summer of the stadium concert in the Twin Cities

Fans are pumped for five blockbuster concerts at U.S. Bank Stadium and Target Field. But are the venues ready?
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Tina & the B Sides at First Ave, Toki Wright at Nomad Pub

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Tina & the B Sides at First Ave, Toki Wright at Nomad Pub

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Steve Martin and Martin Short team up in Mpls. as two amigos going for laughs

Steve Martin and Martin Short team up in Mpls. as two amigos going for laughs

Review: The actors, comics and pals made for a hilarious evening of shtick and song.
Hall & Oates jams get jazzy while Tears for Fears hits sound right from '80s

Hall & Oates jams get jazzy while Tears for Fears hits sound right from '80s

Review: Beloved MTV heyday duos draw 14,000 to the concert in St. Pau's Xcel Energy Center.
Concerts of the week: Black Angels at First Ave; metalheads flock to Northern Invasion

Concerts of the week: Black Angels at First Ave; metalheads flock to Northern Invasion

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Prince's first ex-wife on her new memoir: 'A lot of trauma I made myself forget'

Prince's first ex-wife on her new memoir: 'A lot of trauma I made myself forget'

Mayte Garcia is returning to the Twin Cities this week to promote her new book, "The Most Beautiful."
Rocker Todd Rundgren teases new star-studded album ahead of Burnsville concert

Rocker Todd Rundgren teases new star-studded album ahead of Burnsville concert

The rocker will give two college commencement addresses after he performs in Burnsville.
Highlights from Prince memorial weekend, and advice for future years

Highlights from Prince memorial weekend, and advice for future years

This past week's tributes — from the big-buck Celebration at Paisley Park to the street party outside First Avenue and everything in between — made for a great and fitting start to keeping Prince's legacy alive.
'Born decades too early': How Prince revolutionized the music biz

'Born decades too early': How Prince revolutionized the music biz

Our critic who covered him for 40 years reflects on the Purple One's impact on rock, pop culture and the music industry.
Prince's hometown struggles with loss still felt a year after death

Prince's hometown struggles with loss still felt a year after death

In the past 365 days, eye-popping murals, 24-hour radio marathons and a flurry of homegrown tributes have tried to fill the void.
Paisley Park's Prince party kicks off with live music, inside stories

Paisley Park's Prince party kicks off with live music, inside stories

About 2,000 ardent fans attended the $500-to-$1,000-per-ticket affair.
Prince confidantes reflect on life after the icon's death

Prince confidantes reflect on life after the icon's death

Four people close to Prince discuss how their lives changed in the past 365 days.
Herbie Hancock, B-52's top Minnesota Zoo's 31-concert summer series

Herbie Hancock, B-52's top Minnesota Zoo's 31-concert summer series

Several classic names, including Herbie Hancock, the B-52's and Buddy Guy, have been tapped to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Music in the Zoo outdoor concert series.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: The Stnnng, John Mayer, Bob Mould, Zombies and more

Twin Cities concerts of the week: The Stnnng, John Mayer, Bob Mould, Zombies and more

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.

Former manager to Lady Gaga named adviser to Prince's estate

Troy Carter will assume the roles formerly served by Londell McMillan and Charles Koppelman.
Singer-songwriter Jonatha Brooke 'didn't expect to be so happy' in Minneapolis

Singer-songwriter Jonatha Brooke 'didn't expect to be so happy' in Minneapolis

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Jonatha Brooke unexpectedly moved to Minneapolis, where "I didn't expect to be so happy."
'Spider John's Legacy' concert explores roots of Minnesota folk-blues legend

'Spider John's Legacy' concert explores roots of Minnesota folk-blues legend

Local musicians will celebrate the legacy of the West Bank folk-blues institution.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Chris Brown at Xcel, Tift Merritt at the Cedar

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Chris Brown at Xcel, Tift Merritt at the Cedar

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Lil Wayne at Target Center, Green Day at the Xcel

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Lil Wayne at Target Center, Green Day at the Xcel

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Regina Spektor at the Palace, Jimi Hendrix tribute at Mystic Lake

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Regina Spektor at the Palace, Jimi Hendrix tribute at Mystic Lake

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Are you cool with stars lip syncing? It might depend on how old you are

Are you cool with stars lip syncing? It might depend on how old you are

Opinions have changed on faking it for concerts and TV. Our critic found a generation gap among stars — and fans.
Review: Miranda Lambert gets into St. Paddy's Day spirit in St. Paul

Review: Miranda Lambert gets into St. Paddy's Day spirit in St. Paul

Divorce and drinking were her topics Friday night at the X.
March 17 review: Ariana Grande's voice glows in the dark

March 17 review: Ariana Grande's voice glows in the dark

The 23-year-old vocal knockout hit the right notes at Xcel Energy Center, but the performance was badly staged.
Okee Dokee Brothers hit Minnesota Zoo and Orchestra Hall this weekend

Okee Dokee Brothers hit Minnesota Zoo and Orchestra Hall this weekend

The Twin Cities band has become big-time contenders in the world of kids' music.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Joe Bonamassa at the Orpheum, P.O.S. at First Ave

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Joe Bonamassa at the Orpheum, P.O.S. at First Ave

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
St. Paul's Palace Theatre springs back to life with sold-out show

St. Paul's Palace Theatre springs back to life with sold-out show

The 101-year-old, partly renovated, partly deteriorated Palace Theatre reopened Friday in downtown St. Paul with local hip-hop favorite Atmosphere on the stage.
Prince protege Liv Warfield returns to Minneapolis for Dakota show

Prince protege Liv Warfield returns to Minneapolis for Dakota show

Prince protege Liv Warfield carries on with famous singers from Heart and the Purple universe.
Where to park, where to eat for concerts at downtown St. Paul's Palace Theatre

Where to park, where to eat for concerts at downtown St. Paul's Palace Theatre

Heading to the newly reopened Palace Theatre this weekend? Here are tips for visiting the remodeled theater, which opens with three shows this weekend.
Review: At 70, Patti Smith still shines as a rock 'n' roll original

Review: At 70, Patti Smith still shines as a rock 'n' roll original

Patti Smith brought a sell-out crowd to its feet with the fierce, enduring originality of "Horses."
Meet the Minneapolis mogul behind First Avenue's ever-expanding concert empire

Meet the Minneapolis mogul behind First Avenue's ever-expanding concert empire

Nate Kranz is the force behind First Avenue's music kingdom – including the renovated Palace Theatre.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Lake Street Dive at First Ave, Tabah at the Turf Club

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Lake Street Dive at First Ave, Tabah at the Turf Club

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Renaissance man Sting returns to rock, and to the Twin Cities

Renaissance man Sting returns to rock, and to the Twin Cities

Sting is set to play his first Twin Cities club concert since 1979.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: John Hiatt and Lyle Lovett at the State, Destiny Roberts at the Southern

Twin Cities concerts of the week: John Hiatt and Lyle Lovett at the State, Destiny Roberts at the Southern

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Slimabration at Hook & Ladder, Pert Near Sandstone at the Cedar

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Slimabration at Hook & Ladder, Pert Near Sandstone at the Cedar

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Jazz darling Maria Schneider comes home with Minn.-inspired 'Thompson Fields'

Jazz darling Maria Schneider comes home with Minn.-inspired 'Thompson Fields'

Jazz composer Maria Schneider returns to perform a Grammy-winning work born in rural Minnesota.
Grammys go crazy for Prince: Tribute took months of planning

Grammys go crazy for Prince: Tribute took months of planning

Bruno Mars sang "Let's Go Crazy" and it started with the Time, the hit-making Minneapolis band Prince put together around singer Morris Day in 1981.
She had them at 'Hello': Adele tops Beyoncé in a Grammy showdown

She had them at 'Hello': Adele tops Beyoncé in a Grammy showdown

Adele topped Beyoncé in a record-setting sweep of the top Grammy Awards.
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