Legendary concert promoter Barry Fey will not be buried near Red Rocks Amphitheater

Coroner: Barry Fey took his own life

DENVER - Concert promoter Barry Fey, who became a Colorado legend, in part because of his promotion of shows at Red Rocks Amphitheater, will not be allowed to spend his eternal rest in the cemetery near that venue.

Andrew Hudson says his friend wanted to be buried in Morrison Cemetery, within earshot of his beloved amphitheater.

“Red Rocks was always special to people who live in Colorado,” Hudson said. “And he made it special to people from around the world.”

Hudson told 7NEWS that Fey “talked about the idea of having music waft over him while he was lying in (eternal) rest, and I think it’s such an appropriate thing. (He was) one of those unique figures who did something so incredible.

The by-laws of the cemetery adjacent to the venue, however, state that only persons who reside within Morrison and are eligible to vote in town elections, and those who have family members already buried there shall be eligible to purchase a plot. Fey wasn't a resident of Morrison.

"I think whatever rules there are or whatever stipulations there are could in this situation be changed," said Garry Briggs, owner of Morrison Liquors.

Briggs told 7NEWS that Fey was a customer who sometimes dropped in to pick up product or cigars for band members performing at Red Rocks.  He said those concerts brought in a lot of business.

"If we don't have the concerts in the summer, we wouldn't be here in the winter," Briggs said.

Hudson says the former mayor of Morrison told him there was an agreement to make an exception in the cemetery for Fey, but it was lost.

"No one can find that agreement and the Cemetery Board voted last night to not allow him to be buried there," Hudson explained.

When asked about Barry Fey's wishes, Jeanne Terrell, president of the Morrison Cemetery Association said, "It's a private cemetery.  It has nothing to do with the city of Morrison."

Terrell said she thinks the City and County of Denver and Red Rocks Amphitheater should do something special for Mr. Fey.

When asked if there was a previous agreement allowing an exception to the bylaws for Mr. Fey, Terrell replied, "Thank you for calling," and hung up.

Fey was renowned for bringing some of the biggest names in music to Colorado, including the Doors, the Rolling Stones and U2.

In 1968,  Fey promoted the first Led Zeppelin show in North America. The next year, Fey's company Feyline presented the 3 day Denver Pop Festival, which featured the final performance of The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Fey is said to have promoted more shows with The Rolling Stones and The Who than anyone else.

In 1976 Fey's company Feyline started his "Summer of Star's concert series at Red Rocks Amphitheater, which made Red Rocks the place to play for every group worldwide.

Last March, Fey was inducted in the Denver & Colorado Tourism Hall of Fame. His new book, "Backstage Past," which chronicles his career, was recently published.  

The 73-year-old Fey died Sunday at a Cherry Hills Village home where he had been living.

Arapahoe County Coroner Michael Doberson said the manner of death was ruled a suicide. However, the coroner said he was not immediately releasing the cause of death out of consideration for Fey's family members, some of whom were arriving in Denver Thursday and still coping with the loss. The cause of death would specify how Fey took his life.

Fey underwent hip replacement surgery in March and friends said he was downcast in part over a difficult recovery.

Former Denver Post columnist Dick Kreck, who was friend of Fey since the 1960s, told the Post he spoke with Fey on Friday and they talked about his hip surgery.