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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
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.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Spoon, Thundercat, Gorillaz, Rhiannon Giddens

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Spoon, Thundercat, Gorillaz, Rhiannon Giddens

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