Hall Of Fame Inductee — 2012
The legendary (nearly mythical, according to the Denver post) rock promoter Barry Fey, helped turn live music into a brand pillar for Denver and Colorado tourism by making Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre one of the most famous music venues in the world. Fey also played an important role in helping to save the Denver Symphony and to create the new Colorado Symphony Orchestra. In 1967, at just 27 years old, he began his extraordinary career as one of rock’s most important promoters by booking Big Brother & The Holding Company, featuring lead singer Janis Joplin into Denver’s Family Dog Concert Hall. His company, Feyline, transformed the "Summer of Stars" concert series at Red Rocks into a top "bucket list" event for music lovers all over the world. He has produced more top grossing tours for the Who and the Rolling Stones than anyone else in the world, and he was behind the U2 Under a Blood Red Sky concert video at Red Rocks, a music video that helped the amphitheatre and Denver gain international fame. He also played a role in saving the Paramount Theatre from destruction and helped bring the Colorado Rockies to Denver. Fey published his first acclaimed book, "Backstage Past" in November 2011, which features behind-the-scenes stories from his 40 year history in the music industry.
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