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Barry Fey's Backstage Past: The Gun, Axl Rose, Lars Ulrich, and the Truth

Legendary concert promoter Barry Fey's Twitter bio is pretty revealing: "Its Barry Fey. I am a rock promoter. I have promoted a few shows here and there. Maybe you have heard of me?"

Fey, "The Rockfather," retired from the business in 1997, but not before establishing himself as one of the big names in promotion throughout the Southwest. The man brought Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Rolling Stones, and many more to Phoenix. He suggested Sun Devil Stadium as a location for U2's concert film, Rattle and Hum, and many of the film's iconic scenes wound up being shot there.

Fey finally got around to telling some of his most outrageous stories in Backstage Past, which finds him dispelling some rumors (the one about pointing a gun at Axl Rose, chiefly), hanging out with Brad Pitt, U2, and more.

Up on the Sun spoke with Fey over the phone to discuss his book, how the business has changed, and why he doesn't think there are any classic rock bands in the making.

For even more Fey action, visit our sister blog in Denver, Backbeat.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.