July – August 2003

Sheena & the Rokkets were among the many bands at the Fuji Rock Festival. In spite of the rain, more than 100,000 people came to dance to the music and had a great time. The Festival site is very large, set up on a golf/ski resort. It was impossible to see all of the more than 100 acts but there is so much going on all over the place that we saw some great shows and had lots of good food and drinks and laughs with friends. We got very little sleep and had a fantastic time!

July 24 - Thursday night the fans start to arrive. Festival producer Masa Hidaka points out what a great job his assistant Shigemi did by taking care of every detail of the event.

July 24 – Thursday night the fans start to arrive. Festival producer Masa Hidaka points out what a great job his assistant Shigemi did by taking care of every detail of the event.

Masa Hidaka and Shigemi during Fuji Rock Fest in Tokyo, Japan. July 24, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Joe Strummer's daughters Lola & Jazz arrive ready to camp out and have fun.

Joe Strummer’s daughters Lola & Jazz arrive ready to camp out and have fun.

Lola and Jazz Strummer during the Fuji Rock Fest in Tokyo, Japan. July 24, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

July 25 - Many people camp out in the fields around the stages. It is one of the cleanest festivals I've ever been to. Everyone recycles their garbage and smokers carry little portable ashtrays and don't even drop a butt on the ground.

July 25 – Many people camp out in the fields around the stages. It is one of the cleanest festivals I’ve ever been to. Everyone recycles their garbage and smokers carry little portable ashtrays and don’t even drop a butt on the ground.

People at the Fuji Rock Festival in Tokyo, Japan. July 25, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

The Festival opened with a dedication to Joe Strummer. I said a few words and Masa read a letter from Joe's wife Lucinda, while Lola and Jazz looked on. Jason and Gordon held Strummerville flags.

The Festival opened with a dedication to Joe Strummer. I said a few words and Masa read a letter from Joe’s wife Lucinda, while Lola and Jazz looked on. Jason and Gordon held Strummerville flags.

Opening ceremony dedication to Joe Strummer during the Fuji Rock Festival in Tokyo, Japan. July 25, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

The first band on the main stage were punk rockers Thee Michelle Gun Elephant.

The first band on the main stage were punk rockers Thee Michelle Gun Elephant.

Thee Michelle Gun Elephant on stage during the Fuji Rock Fest at the Main Stage in Tokyo, Japan. July 25, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

11 AM in the rain and the crowd cheers for TMGE!

11 AM in the rain and the crowd cheers for TMGE!

The crowd during Fuji Rock Festival in Tokyo, Japan. July 25, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Sugar Ray was one of the most entertaining acts at the Festival. Mark McGrath communicated well with the wet crowd and had everyone cheering and dancing.

Sugar Ray, Tokyo - 2003
Sugar Ray was one of the most entertaining acts at the Festival. Mark McGrath communicated well with the wet crowd and had everyone cheering and dancing.
Sugar Ray was one of the most entertaining acts at the Festival. Mark McGrath communicated well with the wet crowd and had everyone cheering and dancing.

Sugar Ray on stage during the Fuji Rock Festival in Tokyo, Japan. July 25, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

The Libertines put on a powerful show. Backstage Carl Barat shows how he feels about the rain after playing to the enthusiastic fans.

The Libertines put on a powerful show. Backstage Carl Barat shows how he feels about the rain after playing to the enthusiastic fans.

Carl Barat of the Libertines backstage during the Fuji Rock Fest in Tokyo, Japan. July 25, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

July 26 - Elizabeth and I are ready to dance our way around the Festival site. Many unusual artworks were set up all around the site by Gordon McHarg and his wife Ale.

Bob Gruen & Elizabeth Gregory - Gruen, Tokyo - 2003
July 26 - Elizabeth and I are ready to dance our way around the Festival site. Many unusual artworks were set up all around the site by Gordon McHarg and his wife Ale.
July 26 – Elizabeth and I are ready to dance our way around the Festival site. Many unusual artworks were set up all around the site by Gordon McHarg and his wife Ale.

Bob Gruen and Elizabeth Gregory-Gruen during the Fuji Rock Festival in Tokyo, Japan. July 26, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

July 25 - Our favorite cafe, the Kapu Kapu, had a cheery staff and tasty Sochou from Okinawa.

July 25 – Our favorite cafe, the Kapu Kapu, had a cheery staff and tasty Sochou from Okinawa.

The staff at the Kapu Kapu Cafe during the Fuji Rock Festival in Tokyo, Japan. July 25, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

July 25 - In the Field of Heaven, Masaya and his friends sell politically inspired T-shirts and many interesting things.

In the Field of Heaven, Masaya and his friends sell politically inspired T-shirts and many interesting things.

Masaya and friends selling t-shirts during the Fuji Rock Festival at the Field of Heaven in Tokyo, Japan. July 25, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

July 26 - People stop by the stream on the festival grounds to wash some of the mud off their feet. This year Masa built a boardwalk through the woods by the stream.

Fuji Rock Festival, Tokyo - 2003
July 26 - People stop by the stream on the festival grounds to wash some of the mud off their feet. This year Masa built a boardwalk through the woods by the stream.
July 26 – People stop by the stream on the festival grounds to wash some of the mud off their feet. This year Masa built a boardwalk through the woods by the stream.

People by a stream at the Fuji Rock Festival in Tokyo, Japan. July 26, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

July 25 - In a free area just outside the main entrance known as the Palace of Wonder, Jason Mayall and a gang of Joe Strummer's friends from England kept a bonfire burning all weekend. It was a good place to warm up and dry out from the rain.

July 25 – In a free area just outside the main entrance known as the Palace of Wonder, Jason Mayall and a gang of Joe Strummer’s friends from England kept a bonfire burning all weekend. It was a good place to warm up and dry out from the rain.

Jason Mayall and friends standing by a bonfire in honor of Joe Strummer during the Fuji Rock Festival at the Palace of Wonder in Tokyo, Japan. July 25, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

At three in the morning the Can Can Girls at the Mutoid Waste Company stage in the Palace of Wonder wake up the audience with homemade kerosene flamethrowers. The show was a cross between a Medieval theater group and Roadwarriors.

At three in the morning the Can Can Girls at the Mutoid Waste Company stage in the Palace of Wonder wake up the audience with homemade kerosene flamethrowers. The show was a cross between a Medieval theater group and Roadwarriors.

The Can Can Girls on stage during the Fuji Rock Festival at the Palace of Wonder stage in Tokyo, Japan. July 26, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Sheena and Makoto of Sheena & the Rokkets played an inspired blues/rock set. Sheena reminds me of Tina Turner.

July 26 – Sheena and Makoto of Sheena & the Rokkets played an inspired blues/rock set. Sheena reminds me of Tina Turner.

Sheena and Makoto of Sheena and The Rokkets on stage at the Fuji Rock Fest in Tokyo, Japan. July 26, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

The next day Coldplay entertained on the Green Stage.

The next day Coldplay entertained on the Green Stage.

Chris Martin of Coldplay on stage during the Fuji Rock Fest at the Green stage in Tokyo, Japan. July 26, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

July 27 - Elvis Costello played a set of romantic tunes.

July 27 – Elvis Costello played a set of romantic tunes.

Elvis Costello on stage during the Fuji Rock Festival in Tokyo, Japan. July 27, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Masa says "Hi!" to Elvis after his set as bodyguard Patty Callahan gets ready to lead Elvis to his van.

Masa says “Hi!” to Elvis after his set as bodyguard Patty Callahan gets ready to lead Elvis to his van.

Masa Hidaka and Elvis Costello during the Fuji Rock Festival in Tokyo, Japan. July 27, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

July 26 - Iggy Pop gave his usual searingly high energy performance.

July 26 – Iggy Pop gave his usual searingly high energy performance.

Iggy Pop on stage during the Fuji Rock Festival in Tokyo, Japan. July 26, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Even in pouring rain Iggy's fans were so hot steam was rising from the mosh pit.

Even in pouring rain Iggy’s fans were so hot steam was rising from the mosh pit.

Iggy Pop fans during the Fuji Rock Festival in Tokyo, Japan. July 26, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

British guitar legend John Mayall showed music lovers how to play the Blues. His sons Jason and Gaz also performed at the festival, Jason as a DJ and Gaz with his Ska band.

British guitar legend John Mayall showed music lovers how to play the Blues. His sons Jason and Gaz also performed at the festival, Jason as a DJ and Gaz with his Ska band.

John Mayall on stage during the Fuji Rock Festival in Tokyo, Japan. July 26, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

July 27 - The Counterfeit Beatles played all over the festival, from the main Green Stage to a small one set up in the woods. Wherever they played everyone who saw them sang along. You gotta love the Beatles.

July 27 – The Counterfeit Beatles played all over the festival, from the main Green Stage to a small one set up in the woods. Wherever they played everyone who saw them sang along. You gotta love the Beatles.

The Counterfeit Beatles on stage during the Fuji Rock Festival in Tokyo, Japan. July 27, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

July 26 - Late at night in the Red Marquee the Boom Boom Satellites kept everyone entranced.

The Boom Boom Satellites, Tokyo - 2003
July 26 - Late at night in the Red Marquee the Boom Boom Satellites kept everyone entranced.
July 26 – Late at night in the Red Marquee the Boom Boom Satellites kept everyone entranced.

The Boom Boom Satellites on stage during the Fuji Rock Festival at the Red Marquee in Tokyo, Japan. July 26, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

July 26 - At another late night event, talented French star Tigerman got into a rockin' jam set up in front of Soloman's Queen Sheba Ethiopian Cafe.

At another late night event, talented French star Tigerman got into a rockin’ jam set up in front of Soloman’s Queen Sheba Ethiopian Cafe.

Tigerman during the Fuji Rock Fest in front of Soloman's Queen Sheba Ethiopian Cafe in Tokyo, Japan. July 26, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Nearing the end of the Festival, Gaz Mayall took a turn with the Can Can Girls at the Palace of Wonder stage.

Nearing the end of the Festival, Gaz Mayall took a turn with the Can Can Girls at the Palace of Wonder stage.

Gaz Mayall and the Can Can Girls on stage during the Fuji Rock Festival at the Palace of Wonder stage in Tokyo, Japan. July 26, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

July 27 - And as the sun finally came up, Joe Rush and the English contingent were still dancing as Jason Mayall kept the music going.

July 27 – And as the sun finally came up, Joe Rush and the English contingent were still dancing as Jason Mayall kept the music going.

Joe Rush and Jason Mayall during the Summersonic Festival at the Palace of Wonder stage in Tokyo, Japan. July 27, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

July 19 - Before we went to the Fuji festival we spent a few nights in Tokyo. We saw Patti Smith do a rare poetry reading at the Parco Art Gallery where there was an exhibition of Patti's paintings.

July 19 – Before we went to the Fuji festival we spent a few nights in Tokyo. We saw Patti Smith do a rare poetry reading at the Parco Art Gallery where there was an exhibition of Patti’s paintings.

Patti Smith on stage at the Parco Art Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. July 19, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

July 18 - On our first night in Tokyo, we went to Shimokitazowa for a memorial tribute to Johnny Thunders. Lenny Kaye (from Patti Smith's band) was there and joined Sheena & the Rokkets and Diamond Yukai for a few songs.

July 18 – On our first night in Tokyo, we went to Shimokitazowa for a memorial tribute to Johnny Thunders. Lenny Kaye (from Patti Smith’s band) was there and joined Sheena & the Rokkets and Diamond Yukai for a few songs.

(L-R) Lenny Kaye, Diamond Yukai and Sheena and The Rokkets on stage during a memorial tribute to Johnny Thunders at Shimokitazowa in Tokyo, Japan. July 18, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Aug 3 - We saw a Blondie warm-up show at a small bar in New Jersey so we were glad that before we left Japan we could catch up with their world tour at the Summersonic Festival outside Tokyo. It was Blondie's first trip back to Japan in 20 years. The sold out show in Chiba Stadium was fantastic.

Aug 3 – We saw a Blondie warm-up show at a small bar in New Jersey so we were glad that before we left Japan we could catch up with their world tour at the Summersonic Festival outside Tokyo. It was Blondie’s first trip back to Japan in 20 years. The sold out show in Chiba Stadium was fantastic.

Blondie on stage during the Summersonic Festival at the Chiba Marine Stadium in Tokyo, Japan. August 3, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

The Strokes also played at the Summersonic Festival. It was their first live show in a long time and their first time in Tokyo; the fans loved them.

The Stroke, Tokyo - 2003
The Strokes also played at the Summersonic Festival. It was their first live show in a long time and their first time in Tokyo; the fans loved them.
The Strokes also played at the Summersonic Festival. It was their first live show in a long time and their first time in Tokyo; the fans loved them.

The Strokes on stage during the Summersonic Festival at Chiba Marine Stadium in Tokyo, Japan. August 3, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com