December 2010 – March 2011

I went to Japan in December to see Yoko Ono’s Memorial tribute show for John Lennon at the Budokan in Tokyo. In light of recent events I’m happy I had a chance to see all my friends, but I am worried for their safety now. Check out my adventures in the winder of 2011 below….

Isetan department store had an exhibition of my photos as a tribute to John Lennon.

Isetan department store had an exhibition of my photos as a tribute to John Lennon.

Bob Gruen in Japan on December 10, 2010. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

I had a chance to have dinner with Japan's favorite punk rock family, Sheena and Makoto of Sheena and the Rokkets.

I had a chance to have dinner with Japan’s favorite punk rock family, Sheena and Makoto of Sheena and the Rokkets.

Sheena and Makoto of Sheena and the Rokkets in Japan on December 10, 2010. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

I saw Makoto and Sheena with Joe Yamanaka and Yuya Uchida after their press conference for their annual New Years Eve Rock and Roll Baka show.

Makoto Ayukawa, Sheena, Bob Gruen, Joe Yamanaka, & Yuya Uchida, Japan - 2010
I saw Makoto and Sheena with Joe Yamanaka and Yuya Uchida after their press conference for their annual New Years Eve Rock and Roll Baka show.
I saw Makoto and Sheena with Joe Yamanaka and Yuya Uchida after their press conference for their annual New Years Eve Rock and Roll Baka show.

Makoto, Sheena, Bob Gruen, Joe Yamanaka, and Yuya Uchida in Japan on December 8, 2010 © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

The fabulous artist Nob showed me some of his new unique sculptures of the Clash.

Nob, Japan - 2010
The fabulous artist Nob showed me some of his new unique sculptures of the Clash.
The fabulous artist Nob showed me some of his new unique sculptures of the Clash.

The artist Nob in Japan on December 10, 2010. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

While I was in Tokyo Diamond Yuki played a very unusual club show for his fans.

Diamond Yuki, Tokyo - 2010
While I was in Tokyo Diamond Yuki played a very unusual club show for his fans.
While I was in Tokyo Diamond Yuki played a very unusual club show for his fans.

Diamond Yuki performed in Tokyo Japan on December 11, 2010. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

At Yoko Ono's tribute to John Lennon concert at the Budokan audience members lit up flashlights during the finale.

At Yoko Ono’s tribute to John Lennon concert at the Budokan audience members lit up flashlights during the finale.

The audience for Yoko Ono's tribute to John Lennon at the Budokon in Tokoyo, Japan. December 8, 2010. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Back in New York in January, I went to the New York Times talk with Billie Joe Armstrong and American Idiot broadway show director Michael Mayer, led by New York Times theater editor Patrick Healy.

Patrick Healy, Billie Joe Armstrong, & Michael Mayer, NYC - 2011
Back in New York in January, I went to the New York Times talk with Billie Joe Armstrong and American Idiot broadway show director Michael Mayer, led by New York Times theater editor Patrick Healy.
Back in New York in January, I went to the New York Times talk with Billie Joe Armstrong and American Idiot broadway show director Michael Mayer, led by New York Times theater editor Patrick Healy.

Patrick Healy, Billy Joe Armstrong, & Michael Mayer in New York City. January 9, 2011. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Billie Joe starred in the American Idiot play in January and February as St. Jimmy. It was really great to see Billie Joe in a dramatic role. He may come back to the show in April.

Billie Joe starred in the American Idiot play in January and February as St. Jimmy. It was really great to see Billie Joe in a dramatic role. He may come back to the show in April.

Billie Joe starring in the American Idiot play in New York City. February 26, 2011. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

The Grammy award winning director (for his Clash documentary 'Westway to the World') Don Letts, came to NY to make a documentary about me for Sky Arts 1 HD TV. He interviewed Tommy Ramone above, at Manitoba's bar on Ave B.

The Grammy award winning director (for his Clash documentary ‘Westway to the World’) Don Letts, came to NY to make a documentary about me for Sky Arts 1 HD TV. He interviewed Tommy Ramone above, at Manitoba’s bar on Ave B.

Don Letts, Tommy Ramone, Handsome Dick Manitoba, and Bob Gruen in New York City on January 5, 2011. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Don also interviewed Billie Joe Armstrong as well as Yoko Ono, Debbie Harry, Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper and others for the documentary, 'Rock & Roll Exposed - The Photography of Bob Gruen', to be shown in the UK in March and hopefully licensed to show in the US in the Fall.

Don also interviewed Billie Joe Armstrong as well as Yoko Ono, Debbie Harry, Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper and others for the documentary, ‘Rock & Roll Exposed – The Photography of Bob Gruen’, to be shown in the UK in March and hopefully licensed to show in the US in the Fall.

Don Letts, Billie Joe Armstrong and Bob Gruen in New York City on January 6, 2011. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

My son Kris Gruen played at the Living Room in New York.

Kris Gruen, NYC - 2011
My son Kris Gruen played at the Living Room in New York.
My son Kris Gruen played at the Living Room in New York.

Kris Gruen performing at the Living Room in New York City on January 12, 2011. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Cherry Vanilla gave a reading of her new book 'Lick Me', a biography of her wild life.

Cherry Vanilla gave a reading of her new book ‘Lick Me’, a biography of her wild life.

Cherry Vanilla with her biography "Lick Me" in New York City on January 25, 2011 © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

The Brothers of Brazil, Joao and Supla, came and played several shows in New York before going to sign a record deal in Los Angeles.

The Brothers of Brazil, Joao and Supla, came and played several shows in New York before going to sign a record deal in Los Angeles.

Joao and Supla Performing as Brothers of Brazil at Bowery Electric in New York City on February 25, 2011. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

At the Brothers of Brazil show at the Bowery Electric they were joined onstage by their father Eduardo Suplicy, a national Senator of Brazil, who sang his version of 'Blowing in the Wind'.

At the Brothers of Brazil show at the Bowery Electric they were joined onstage by their father Eduardo Suplicy, a national Senator of Brazil, who sang his version of ‘Blowing in the Wind’.

Bob Gruen, Supla, Eduardo Suplicy, and Joao at the Bowery Electric on February 25, 2011. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Trash & Vaudeville manager Jimmy Webb introduced owners Ray and Deng at the 35th anniversary party for their store at Don Hill's club

Trash & Vaudeville manager Jimmy Webb introduced owners Ray and Deng at the 35th anniversary party for their store at Don Hill’s club

Jimmy Webb with Ray and Deng at Don Hill's Club in New York City on February 21, 2011. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Yoko Ono celebrated her 78th Birthday with her daughter Kyoko and son Sean.

Yoko Ono celebrated her 78th Birthday with her daughter Kyoko and son Sean.

Yoko Ono with her Daughter Kyoko Ono Cox and son Sean Lennon at Yoko's 78th birthday party in New York City. February 18, 2011. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Jesse Malin played a rocking set at New York's City Winery and Billie Joe Armstrong, and Charlie Mars joined in for a five song encore.

Jesse Malin played a rocking set at New York’s City Winery and Billie Joe Armstrong, and Charlie Mars joined in for a five song encore.

Jesse Malin, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Charlie Mars perform at City Winery, NYC. February 19, 2011. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Sharon Blythe and Giorgio Gomelsky celebrated their mutual birthdays at Giorgio's loft.

Sharon Blythe and Giorgio Gomelsky celebrated their mutual birthdays at Giorgio’s loft.

Sharon Blythe and Giorgio Gomelsky in New York City. February 27, 2011 © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Lucinda Williams brought her rockin' country sounds to New York for two shows at Webster Hall.

Lucinda Williams brought her rockin’ country sounds to New York for two shows at Webster Hall.

Lucinda Williams performing at Webster Hall in New York City. March 11, 2011. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year inducted Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper and Darlene Love, above with Elton John and Bette Midler at the annual dinner at the Waldorf Astoria hotel.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year inducted Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper and Darlene Love, above with Elton John and Bette Midler at the annual dinner at the Waldorf Astoria hotel.

Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Darlene Love, and Bette Midler sing together at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. March 14, 2011. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com