Colorado’s Music Rockfather – Barry Fey, 74 – passed away

In what is a sad Sunday for Colorado and the Music industry, concert promoter and father, Barry Fey passed away.   Almost to the point that his star rose, his passing on Sunday seems fitting.

For those who knew the promoter, Barry was a music genius.   In the 60’s and 70s he attracted major acts to this bustling city, a new home for Barry and his family.   In the 70s, Fey found a way to make two venues shine – The Rainbow Music Hall and of much note Red Rocks Amphitheater.   A highlight to his journey in rock history is his countless and tireless efforts to bring acts like The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Ozzy Osborne, Meatloaf, Aerosmith, and on one grand Sunday, despite all odds with mother nature, the band that he catapulted to stage – U2.   Their filming of Under a Blood Red Sky and Sunday Bloody Sunday was pre-set.  This was to be their first MTV video for American audiences. According to Fey’s autobiography, “…everything was going wrong with the weather but the fans and his colleagues were insistent….”   U2 performed an unforgettable tribute to their own journey and that of a visionary promoter.

Barry was fond of state venues including

Barry Fey- 74 dead.

Barry Fey courtesy

McNichols Sports Arena, Mile High Stadium, Fiddler’s Green and The State Fair in Pueblo, CO.   Story Update: 5/1/2013: In accordance with Barry’s wishes, the family has chosen a final resting place.  Pending final arrangements, the grave will be just moments from Red Rocks Amphitheater.   Services were held on April 30th at Feldmans Mortuary.  Autopsy results were preformed by the Arapaohoe County coroner Michael Doberson.


Barry is survived by his four sons, a daughter-n-law, three grand daughters, and a sister.

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