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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.
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David Bowie alumni band will ch-ch-change singers for Minneapolis show

David Bowie alumni band will ch-ch-change singers for Minneapolis show

Sidemen and vocalists bring evolving lineup for Celebrating David Bowie Tour to Minneapolis.
Robert Plant on any Led Zeppelin reunion: 'You're talking to the wrong guy here'

Robert Plant on any Led Zeppelin reunion: 'You're talking to the wrong guy here'

Heading for a Minneapolis concert, Robert Plant will talk about anything but Led Zeppelin.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: GlobalFest Tour, Valerie June, Robert Plant

Twin Cities concerts of the week: GlobalFest Tour, Valerie June, Robert Plant

Big gigs for the week of Feb. 16-22, also including Big Turn Festival, Galactic & Lettuce and the Celebrating Bowie tribute.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Kid Dakota, Robert Robinson, Har Mar Superstar

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Kid Dakota, Robert Robinson, Har Mar Superstar

Big gigs for the week of Feb. 9-15, also including Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Manhattan Transfer and Take 6.
Justin Timberlake gets busy at halftime – way too busy

Justin Timberlake gets busy at halftime – way too busy

Review: While charged with charisma, his halftime performance felt rushed.
Plan for Prince hologram in Super Bowl halftime show apparently dropped

Plan for Prince hologram in Super Bowl halftime show apparently dropped

The Super Bowl halftime show star, Justin Timberlake, considers Prince a big influence. But the move is controversial with Prince fans, associates and even the artist. Late Saturday, a Prince friend raised the possibility of changes.
Album review: Justin Timberlake explores flannel funk on 'Man of the Woods'

Album review: Justin Timberlake explores flannel funk on 'Man of the Woods'

Justin Timberlake, “Man of the Woods” (RCA) Don’t be fooled by the title or the latest images with Timberlake looking like he stepped out…
Justin, listen up: A critic's advice for Timberlake's Super Bowl halftime show

Justin, listen up: A critic's advice for Timberlake's Super Bowl halftime show

Do's and don'ts for Justin Timberlake's halftime performance at the Super Bowl.
Justin Timberlake previews halftime show: No Janet Jackson

Justin Timberlake previews halftime show: No Janet Jackson

He said there would be no Jackson, N' Sync, Chris Stapleton or any other special guests. Just his current band, which he called the Tennessee Kids.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Dieg Cig, Mary Lambert, Bob Marley Remembered

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Dieg Cig, Mary Lambert, Bob Marley Remembered

Big gigs for the week of Feb. 2-8, also including New Power Generation, Questlove, Kimbra and Pink.
Super Bowl star Kelly Clarkson: 'I'm a little down-to-earth Southern girl who made it'

Super Bowl star Kelly Clarkson: 'I'm a little down-to-earth Southern girl who made it'

Down-to-earth Kelly Clarkson lands in Minneapolis for a pair of VIP Super Bowl gigs.
Pop-country collaborators Florida Georgia Line prep for intimate Mystic Lake concert

Pop-country collaborators Florida Georgia Line prep for intimate Mystic Lake concert

Country stars Florida Georgia Line have scored hits with pop stars, rappers and a boy band.
Bruno Mars tops Grammys, gives shoutout to Minneapolis influences

Bruno Mars tops Grammys, gives shoutout to Minneapolis influences

But who will get the bigger boost from the awards, Mars or rapper Kendrick Lamar?
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra grabs Grammy for best chamber performance

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra grabs Grammy for best chamber performance

A recording inspired by Schubert's "Death and the Maiden" led to the orchestra's second trophy.
Imagine Dragons talk special 'relationship with sports' before Minneapolis Super Bowl gig

Imagine Dragons talk special 'relationship with sports' before Minneapolis Super Bowl gig

Super Bowl week stars Imagine Dragons make an arena-size noise.
Review: Crowd lets go of irritations when Menzel sings

Review: Crowd lets go of irritations when Menzel sings

Jam-packed Nicollet Mall crowd gets frozen waiting.
Minneapolis-bred producer Jimmy Jam talks Janet Jackson, free Super Bowl concerts

Minneapolis-bred producer Jimmy Jam talks Janet Jackson, free Super Bowl concerts

He wouldn't say whether his pal will be in Minneapolis for the festivities.
'Frozen' singer Idina Menzel warms up for icy Super Bowl Live gig tonight

'Frozen' singer Idina Menzel warms up for icy Super Bowl Live gig tonight

"Let It Go" star Idina Menzel kicks off outdoor Super Bowl Live series.
Beach Boys co-founder Al Jardine premieres his 'Postcard' show in Minneapolis

Beach Boys co-founder Al Jardine premieres his 'Postcard' show in Minneapolis

Al Jardine will tell stories behind the famous surf songs — and sing them — in Minneapolis.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Huun Huur Tu, Pokey LaFarge, Caitlyn Smith

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Huun Huur Tu, Pokey LaFarge, Caitlyn Smith

Big gigs for the week of Jan. 19-25, also including Beach Boys co-founder Al Jardine and a Johnny Cash tribute.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: G. Love and Special Sauce, Jackie Venson, the Killers

Twin Cities concerts of the week: G. Love and Special Sauce, Jackie Venson, the Killers

Big gigs for the week of Jan. 12-18, also including Roy Hargrove, Tracy Nelson and an annual tribute to Janis Joplin.
Review: Pop star Lana Del Rey suffers wintertime sadness

Review: Pop star Lana Del Rey suffers wintertime sadness

REVIEW: Emotional lyrics but little emotion at Target Center.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Lana Del Rey, Rebirth Brass Band, First Ave's Best New Bands of 2017

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Lana Del Rey, Rebirth Brass Band, First Ave's Best New Bands of 2017

Big gigs for the week of Jan. 5-11, also including Birthday Suits, Flobots, Christine Lavin and Devil Makes Three.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Sounds of Blackness, Run Westy Run, Ike Reilly

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Sounds of Blackness, Run Westy Run, Ike Reilly

Big gigs for the week of Dec. 22-28, also including Katie McMahon, the Klituation and Rio Nido.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: The Steeles, Kinda Kinky Christmas, the Bad Plus

Twin Cities concerts of the week: The Steeles, Kinda Kinky Christmas, the Bad Plus

Big gigs for the week of Dec. 15-21, also including Darlene Love, Semisonic and Cornbread Harris.
What to give the music lover on your list? These 12 gifts really rock

What to give the music lover on your list? These 12 gifts really rock

Want to delight the music lovers on your shopping list? Try these books and deluxe reissues.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Mark Olson, Reina del Cid, Curtiss A's John Lennon Tribute

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Mark Olson, Reina del Cid, Curtiss A's John Lennon Tribute

Big gigs for the week of Dec. 8-14, also including Kellis, Drivin' n' Cryin,' Nachito Herrera and a Replacements tribute.
Katy Perry just wants to have fun in arena spectacle at Xcel Energy Center

Katy Perry just wants to have fun in arena spectacle at Xcel Energy Center

REVIEW: It was all about the props and production, not her personality or music.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Katy Perry, New Standards, Lennon tribute

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Katy Perry, New Standards, Lennon tribute

Big gigs for the week of Dec. 1-8, also including Run the Jewels, Rufus Wainwright, Lindsey Stirling and the Staves with yMusic.
Thomas Rhett's pop country pleasant but innocuous

Thomas Rhett's pop country pleasant but innocuous

REVIEW: The first-time headliner needed some Bruno Mars tunes to spice up his pleasant radio hits in St. Paul.
Music writer traces rise of Minneapolis scene that produced Prince

Music writer traces rise of Minneapolis scene that produced Prince

MPR writer Andrea Swensson examines the music scene that produced Prince.
Duo from Fleetwood Mac goes its own way with new album, Minneapolis concert

Duo from Fleetwood Mac goes its own way with new album, Minneapolis concert

Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie bring their duo act to Minneapolis.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Arcade Fire, Charlie Parr, Habib Koite and a yacht-rock icon

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Arcade Fire, Charlie Parr, Habib Koite and a yacht-rock icon

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
A committed Bob Dylan brought it all back home at the X

A committed Bob Dylan brought it all back home at the X

Review: He has never sounded more versatile, passionate and musical than he did in St. Paul.
10 reasons you should see Bob Dylan in St. Paul

10 reasons you should see Bob Dylan in St. Paul

Bob Dylan doesn't sound like Bob Dylan anymore. But here's why you should go to his concert anyway.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Paul Weller, Zombie Pub Crawl, Imagine Dragons, the War on Drugs

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Paul Weller, Zombie Pub Crawl, Imagine Dragons, the War on Drugs

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
A critic remembers 'reluctant rock star' Tom Petty

A critic remembers 'reluctant rock star' Tom Petty

Petty was a terrific songwriter, superb bandleader and serious appreciator of music.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias, Rodriguez, Chris Stapleton

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias, Rodriguez, Chris Stapleton

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
The Mavericks celebrate 'Brand New Day' with Minneapolis concert

The Mavericks celebrate 'Brand New Day' with Minneapolis concert

America's greatest dance band is in town to tout a new album and a PBS documentary on Cuba.
R&B-pop sensation the Weeknd underwhelms in front of 14,000 fans at Xcel

R&B-pop sensation the Weeknd underwhelms in front of 14,000 fans at Xcel

Even with 14,000 fans singing every song in St. Paul, the Weeknd's first local arena headline appearance did not wow.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: The Weeknd, Jimmy Webb, Glass Animals, Black Sabbath tributes

Twin Cities concerts of the week: The Weeknd, Jimmy Webb, Glass Animals, Black Sabbath tributes

Also spotlights on Wynton Marsalis, Black Uhuru, SurlyFest, Joseph, Lavender Country, Dale Watson and more.
New Standards, Nellie McKay stage musical tribute to 'strange life' of Peggy Lee

New Standards, Nellie McKay stage musical tribute to 'strange life' of Peggy Lee

Four singers and the New Standards will salute her with a musical biography at the Guthrie.
Prince's personal photographer releases new book of rare images

Prince's personal photographer releases new book of rare images

Steve Parke shares photos and stories of his 14 years working with the Purple One.
U2 inspires nostalgia and excitement at the same time

U2 inspires nostalgia and excitement at the same time

Review: Although the concert contained goosebump moments, it still wasn't as grand as the band's truly great 2011 performance.
From the archives: Our review of U2's 1987 'Joshua Tree' concert in St. Paul

From the archives: Our review of U2's 1987 'Joshua Tree' concert in St. Paul

Before heading to Friday's enormous U.S. Bank Stadium show, relive the original "Joshua Tree" tour with Star Tribune music critic Jon Bream.
Songwriter John Prine on Bob Dylan, Justin Vernon and inventing a place called 'East St. Paul'

Songwriter John Prine on Bob Dylan, Justin Vernon and inventing a place called 'East St. Paul'

A new generation is saluting the revered songwriter, who returns to Minneapolis Friday.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: U2 revisits 'The Joshua Tree,' Joan Osborne sings Dylan

Twin Cities concerts of the week: U2 revisits 'The Joshua Tree,' Joan Osborne sings Dylan

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Former Prince employees launch foundation with royal fundraiser starring R&B group King

Former Prince employees launch foundation with royal fundraiser starring R&B group King

Former Paisley Park employees launch charitable foundation to support Prince's favorite causes.
Sam Hunt proves worthy as genre-blending headliner

Sam Hunt proves worthy as genre-blending headliner

The new country star raised the temperature and spirits of the 13,140 fans as soon as he hit the stage with "Leave the Night On."
Yeah! Usher delivers big thrills to R&B fans at the fair

Yeah! Usher delivers big thrills to R&B fans at the fair

REVIEW: Playing without a band, he got a little help from his pal, rapper Lil Jon.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Alex Williams at Pourhouse, JD McPherson at the Star Fair

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Alex Williams at Pourhouse, JD McPherson at the Star Fair

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Pentatonix turns on vocal charm at State Fair

Pentatonix turns on vocal charm at State Fair

REVIEW: When PTX did covers, things got exciting at the sold-out grandstand.
Meet the bands set to battle at Paisley Park's Musicology event

Meet the bands set to battle at Paisley Park's Musicology event

Nine acts, including four locals, are competing this weekend to record at Prince's studio.
John Mellencamp at the Fair: Art meets radio-ready music

John Mellencamp at the Fair: Art meets radio-ready music

REVIEW: He and Carlene Carter sparkled together.
Dear Garrison Keillor: It's time to leave 'Prairie Home' behind

Dear Garrison Keillor: It's time to leave 'Prairie Home' behind

This fall's 28-city tour, dubbed "Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Love & Comedy Tour," is "A Prairie Home Companion" by any other name. This is beginning to sound like Cher's third annual farewell tour.
Country superstars Tim McGraw, Faith Hill heat up the X

Country superstars Tim McGraw, Faith Hill heat up the X

The husband-and-wife stars brought romance, fun and palpable chemistry in the first of two nights of St. Paul shows.
For $160, you get to hold Prince's guitar on 3-hour 'Ultimate' Paisley Park tour

For $160, you get to hold Prince's guitar on 3-hour 'Ultimate' Paisley Park tour

Is the new "Ultimate Experience" at Prince's museum worth it? We checked it out.
Review: Lady Gaga plays it big and small at St. Paul's Xcel

Review: Lady Gaga plays it big and small at St. Paul's Xcel

Her St. Paul concert had lots of big dance numbers and a few intimate moments at the piano, but didn't quite satisfy.
How Minnesota State Fair is winning the battle with casinos for grandstand acts

How Minnesota State Fair is winning the battle with casinos for grandstand acts

Despite hot competition from casinos this year, the State Fair grandstand may set an attendance record.
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.
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