February 2012

It’s been a whirlwind fun-filled February….Celebrating every weekend….my Mom’s 99th birthday, David Bryant’s 50th, Billie Joe’s 40th, and Yoko Ono’s 79! and then Elton John’s Oscar party…

Feb. 2 - Chapel Hill, NC - My Mother, Elizabeth, celebrated her 99th birthday, healthy and smiling! It was my mom who taught me to develop and print my photos and started me on my photography journey.

Feb. 2 – Chapel Hill, NC – My Mother, Elizabeth, celebrated her 99th birthday, healthy and smiling! It was my mom who taught me to develop and print my photos and started me on my photography journey.

Elizabeth Gervais-Gruen on her 99th birthday in Chapel Hill, NC. February 2, 2012. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Feb. 8 - New York - Bernard Fowler headlined at the Highline Ballroom, for a very funky night.

Feb. 8 – New York – Bernard Fowler headlined at the Highline Ballroom, for a very funky night.

Bernard Fowler on stage at the Highline Ballroom, NYC. February 8, 2012. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Feb. 10 - Guns & Roses at Roseland featured an ontime (!) Axl Rose fronting a hot set of favorites.

Feb. 10 – Guns & Roses at Roseland featured an ontime (!) Axl Rose fronting a hot set of favorites.

Guns N' Roses on stage at Roseland Ballroom, NYC. Febriary 10, 2012. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Feb. 11 - Piano player and playwrite David Bryan celebrated his 50th birthday at the Essex House, where I gave him a print of my Led Zeppelin photo. He said the photo inspired him to become a rock star.

Feb. 11 – Piano player and playwrite David Bryan celebrated his 50th birthday at the Essex House, where I gave him a print of my Led Zeppelin photo. He said the photo inspired him to become a rock star.

David Bryan of Bon Jovi and Bob Gruen during David's 50th birthday party at Essex House, NYC. February 11, 2012. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Feb. 17 - San Francisco - Invited to the surprise masquerade party for Billie Joe Armstrong's 40th birthday, Elizabeth and I dressed as each other, and got 'best costume' cheers from all the friends there, including Jesse Malin on the left.

Feb. 17 – San Francisco – Invited to the surprise masquerade party for Billie Joe Armstrong’s 40th birthday, Elizabeth and I dressed as each other, and got ‘best costume’ cheers from all the friends there, including Jesse Malin on the left.

(L-R) Jesse Malin, Bob Gruen, Billie Joe Armstrong and Green Day and Elizabeth Gregory-Gruen at Billie Joe Armstrong's 40th birthday party in San Francisco, CA. February 17, 2012. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Kenny Laguna did his best to look like John Lennon, and Joan Jett was catlike at Billie Joe's birthday party.

Kenny Laguna did his best to look like John Lennon, and Joan Jett was catlike at Billie Joe’s birthday party.

(L-R) Kenny Laguna, Joan Jett, Bob Gruen and Elizabeth Gregory-Gruen at Billie Joe Armstrong's 40th birthday party in San Francisco, CA. February 17, 2012. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Feb. 18 - New York - We rushed back to New York to go to Yoko Ono's 79th birthday party where she rocked out with a great band led by her son Sean.

Feb. 18 – New York – We rushed back to New York to go to Yoko Ono’s 79th birthday party where she rocked out with a great band led by her son Sean.

Yoko Ono on stage during her 79th birthday party at Le Poisson Rouge, NYC. February 18, 2012. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Feb. 24 - Los Angeles - I visited with BP Fallon at his friend David Holmes' house. David's a very cool guy who wrote the music for the short documentary 'The Shore' which won an Oscar award the next night!

Feb. 24 – Los Angeles – I visited with BP Fallon at his friend David Holmes’ house. David’s a very cool guy who wrote the music for the short documentary ‘The Shore’ which won an Oscar award the next night!

BP Fallon and David Holmes in Los Angeles, CA. February 24, 2012. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Feb. 25 - I was in Los Angeles to donate a large print of my photo of Elton John at Carnegie Hall in 1972 to be auctioned at his Aids Foundation Oscar Viewing party. The photo sold for $34,000!

Elton John & Bob Gruen, Los Angeles - 2012
Feb. 25 - I was in Los Angeles to donate a large print of my photo of Elton John at Carnegie Hall in 1972 to be auctioned at his Aids Foundation Oscar Viewing party. The photo sold for $34,000!
Feb. 25 – I was in Los Angeles to donate a large print of my photo of Elton John at Carnegie Hall in 1972 to be auctioned at his Aids Foundation Oscar Viewing party. The photo sold for $34,000!

Elton John and Bob Gruen during Elton's AIDS Foundation Oscar Viewing Party in Los Angeles, CA. February 25, 2012. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Steven Tyler was one of the guest hosts at Elton's party, and he introduced us to his fiance Erin Brady.

Steven Tyler was one of the guest hosts at Elton’s party, and he introduced us to his fiance Erin Brady.

(L-R) Erin Brady, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Bob Gruen and Elizabeth Gregory-Gruen at Elton John's AIDS Foundation Oscar Viewing Party in Los Angeles, CA. February 25, 2012. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Feb. 25 - Staying at my 'home away from home' the Sunset Marquis hotel, I ran into Karen Whitford, wife of Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford. Karen was my photo assistant in the '70's and hired Karla Merrifield, (on the right) who was the photo assistant who brought organization to my life. Karla came to the hotel to meet for lunch when we had this happy reunion.

Feb. 25 – Staying at my ‘home away from home’ the Sunset Marquis hotel, I ran into Karen Whitford, wife of Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford. Karen was my photo assistant in the ’70’s and hired Karla Merrifield, (on the right) who was the photo assistant who brought organization to my life. Karla came to the hotel to meet for lunch when we had this happy reunion.

(L-R) Bob Gruen, Karen Whitford and Karla Merrifield at the Sunset Marquis hotel in Los Angeles, CA. February 25, 2012. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

March 7 - Hoboken, NJ - I drove to Maxwell's club with Legs McNeil, (center above) to see our friends Supla and Joao the 'Brothers of Brazil' who are gaining a big following in the US.

March 7 – Hoboken, NJ – I drove to Maxwell’s club with Legs McNeil, (center above) to see our friends Supla and Joao the ‘Brothers of Brazil’ who are gaining a big following in the US.

(L-R) Supla of Brothers of Brazil, Legs McNeil and Joao of Brothers of Brazil in Hoboken, NJ. March 7, 2012. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com