Barry Fey Dies
Legendary concert promoter Barry Fey, who brought U2 to Denver and, in doing so, put them both on the map has died. At least one Denver media outlet reports Fey took his life.
Several Denver sources confirmed his death late April 28 and, though details were scarce,he recently had undergone hip replacement surgery, according to KCNC-TV, a CBS affiliate. He had recently been released from the hospital and had returned home.
A post to his personal Facebook page dated April 24 said, “Barry is now home and doing well.”
He appeared to last post April 27, regarding a fund raising event at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo.
“So proud, our friends have done an amazing job, Feed The Rocks is today at the greatest venue in the world: Red Rocks Amphitheatre. To all those attending, i hope you have a great time and be safe. –Barry”
AEG Live Rocky Mountains chief Chuck Morris confirmed Fey’s death to KCNC. “He meant everything to music in Colorado,” Morris said. “I worked with him for 25 years, and believe me, at his peak, there was nobody better. Nobody else came close. He sold tickets like nobody else. When he was in his prime, he was the greatest rock promoter in the world.”
Phil Lobel, Fey’s publicist who worked closely on the campaign for the memoir “Backstage Past” and with the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, to which Fey was inducted one year ago told Pollstar his work with Fey “altered my career path.”
“My condolences go out to his family and loved ones. Colorado lost a legend and their champion for putting the state on the musical map.
“As Barry was alternatively a mentor, friend, boss and client he was very proud to recount his life story in ‘Backstage Past’ and I’m delighted he will live on with his recent induction into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.”
Pollstar will update as more information becomes available.