Did you live in or near Denver at any time during the mid 60's into at least the 80's? Are you old enough to remember KIMN AM radio and Jay Mac in Denver? Did you ever go to a Feyline concert? Did you ever camp out for at least one night or more to get tickets to a Feyline concert? Did you ever do the whole day Redrocks concert thing - showing up early morning to park, waiting in the sun to get in to Red Rocks, then rushing in to get good seats and then settling back in the early afternoon partying and relaxing and waiting for the concert to start later that evening?
If you did, you have to buy and read this book! Even if you didn't, if you love the rock and roll music and the bands from the best time period for Rock and Roll, you have to buy and read this book. If you love the Beatles, the Stones, the Who, Jethro Tull, U2, The Grateful Dead, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and every name band of the era and some of the lesser great rock and roll bands, you must buy and read this book.
This book is more than the biography of one of the greatest concert promoters. For people of my age (56) who lived and loved the music of this era and lived in Denver or the Rockies, this is a book about and for us. It's a part of our lives. I haven't felt this much emotion in a long time. This book brings back vivid memories of a time in many of our lives that was dynamic, beautiful and so eventful.
Barry Fey and his concerts were an integral part of this time. The book is fascinating and revealing....again especially to us of that era and time. What a surprise to find out after all these years that the Rolling Stones and Barry ate at the Little Shanghai Cafe - a restaurant I have frequented on a regular basis since it opened and yet I didn't know about them eating there. I knew that Denver was the first place in the US that Led Zeppelin performed but Barry's book adds so much info to how and why that occurred.
Please buy this book! It's more than just a book. It's memories that should be kept alive and preserved. The two introductions by Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne and then Pete Townshend will captivate your interest and the book itself will never relinquish it.
This book is so good that I had to buy a hard back copy even though I first bought it as the kindle edition.
I doubt that this review will ever be read by Barry. But just in case, thank you Barry. Thank you for the great music! Thank you for those memorable days and nights at Red Rocks. Thank you for some of the best times of my life. Thank you for this book and letting me relive those times. Thank you for the inside info regarding some of the incidents that I knew about or took part in and yet didn't have the full picture until now. My first concert was one of yours (The Who). Most of my concerts and most of my favorite concerts were yours. Thank you so very much!
Addendum: When I wrote the above, I was over 50% through the book and overwhelmed by the memories it evoked and the info I had gained. But at 80% of the book read, I finally hit what I was waiting for - Barry's comments on the Moody Blues. I love Led Zepplin, The Who, Airplane/Starship and others but my favorite group is the Moody Blues. At their peak, I was sitting oil wells as a geologist and only managed to see them once. Two other times I had tickets and then had to leave town for a well before the concert. Another time, I camped out for 2 days in Casper Wyoming for Moody Blues tickets. It was to be the first big concert at their new arena. I got my tickets and interviewed for tv as Casper had never seen people camp out for tickets and then a snow storm hit and the Moody Blues had to cancel Casper so they could play Denver. That was my luck with seeing the Moody Blues. So I owe Barry another big thanks because of his Moody Blues/Symphony Orchestra concerts. It allowed me to see them so many additional times. I was in the crowd during the taping of the PBS concert at Red Rocks. That's another very big THANK YOU!!!! Barry, Thank you for the Moody Blues concerts I wouldn't have seen, the Jethro Tull concerts I went to every chance I got. Thank you, again.