This Nov. 14, 2011 photo shows music promoter Barry Fey in Denver. Fey, who brought some of the biggest names in the business to Colorado, including as the Doors, the Rolling Stones and U2, died Sunday, April 28, 2013 at his home. He was 73. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Cyrus McCrimmon)
Updated: June 1, 2013 6:39AM
DENVER — Music promoter Barry Fey, who brought some of the biggest names in the business to Colorado, including the Doors, the Rolling Stones and U2, has died. He was 73.
The Arapahoe County coroner’s office said he died Sunday at his Cherry Hills Village home. An autopsy was planned Monday to determine the cause of death.
Among the tens of thousands of shows he promoted during his 30-plus year career was U2’s legendary performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in 1983, captured in the “Under a Blood Red Sky” video. It increased the outdoor venue’s popularity, and Mr. Fey was eventually able to get Bruce Springsteen to play there.
The Denver Post reported that Mr. Fey was recovering from hip replacement surgery at the time of his death.
The newspaper said he also promoted shows by Led Zeppelin, the Grateful Dead, The Who, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin and was friends with many of the artists he worked with.
Pete Townshend and Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne wrote forwards for Mr. Fey’s 2011 memoir “Backstage Past.”
Ozzy Osbourne said Mr. Fey was the first to believe in and book Black Sabbath in 1971.
“When he was into it, there was nobody close to him as a promoter,” said longtime colleague and friend Chuck Morris, of AEG Rocky Mountains.
Mr. Fey was raised in New Jersey and moved to Chicago when he was 11. The Post said he served in the Marines between the Korean and Vietnam wars. The first show he booked was Baby Huey and the Babysitters in 1965 in Rockford. He remained in Colorado after booking the Association for a fraternity party at the University of Denver.
Mr. Fey survived by four sons, Tyler, Jeremy, Geoffry and Alan.