For those who knew Barry Fey, recall a man with a gentle heart, a wicked sense of humor, and an eye for talent and big ideas. His credits include Led Zeppelin’s first American concert; the final performance of the Jimi Hendrix Experience; more shows by British legends The Who and the Rolling Stones than any other promoter; and U2′s “Under a Blood Red Sky” at Red Rocks, among many others.
If you’re over the age of 20 and have a favorite Colorado concert memory, chances are Fey was responsible for booking the act.
Fey’s legacy is deeper than rock ‘n’ roll, however. He demonstrated Denver’s zeal for Major League Baseball when he organized an old-timers game for a nearly packed house at the old Mile High Stadium in 1983. And he stepped forward to save live classical music in Denver, launching the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in 1989. After 9/11, he spearheaded a campaign that provided more than 7,000 pounds of toys to be delivered to victims’ children.
But Fey is best remembered for the imprint he left on the music world. He was inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame last year. A fitting tribute, in our view, would be posthumous induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
For now, Coloradans should take a moment and thank Fey for the music — and the memories.
(courtesy– The Denver Post)