Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Denver promoter inducted into Colorado Music Hall of Fame

Posted By on Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 6:29 AM

Granted, it didn't get as much attention as the Grammys, but Barry Fey's induction into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame on Sunday had its own significance.

For decades, Fey was the classic rock promoter in Denver, booking ’60s and ’70s acts like the Who, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones at the peak of their popularity.

In the early ’80s, Fey booked a relatively unknown U2 into the 1,000-capacity Rainbow Music Hall, a converted movie triplex with a stadium-quality PA, for a $3 admission fee.

Two years later, he brought them back to town for the performance chronicled in the concert film U2 Live at Red Rocks: Under a Blood Red Sky. The Red Rocks version of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" went into heavy rotation on MTV, prompting Rolling Stone to declare Bono's flag-waving performance one of the "50 Moments that Changed the History of Rock and Roll."

Fey's memoir, Backstage Past, was published in November. You can read the Indy's interview with the promoter here.

Fey was joined on Sunday by fellow inductee Harry Tuft, founder of the Denver Folklife Center, which will turn 50 this year.

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