Feyline's "Goon Squad" leader Tony Funches on giving beatdowns to club-wielding gatecrashers

On Wednesday, March 6, Barry Fey will be inducted into yet another hall of fame, this one the Denver & Colorado Tourism Hall of Fame. In honor of his induction, we'll be running the stories that didn't make his memoir all this week. Today, Tony Funches on first meeting Barry by throwing him out of a show and then working for him heading up his so-called Goon Squad.

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Jon Solomon

Tony Funches, Feyline head of security (1970-1986)
I met Tony because he was initially Jim Morrison's bodyguard and then he was Mick Jagger's. We sat down one night after the Stones show in Fort Collins, which was '69, and I was telling him about some of the troubles we were having with the gate crashers. I was scared then to put on a show. It was ugly every night. You'd have police with helmets and kids calling them "pigs."

See also:
- Chuck Morris on Barry Fey's phone throwing abilities
- Pam Moore on the insanity of Feyline, from flying staplers to puking kids to doing coke
- The late Leslie Haseman on Barry's busted zipper -- this is so not what it looks like

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The late Leslie Haseman on Barry Fey's busted zipper, a case of this is so not what it looks like

On Wednesday, March 6, Barry Fey will be inducted into yet another hall of fame, this one the Denver & Colorado Tourism Hall of Fame. In honor of his induction, we'll be running the stories that didn't make his memoir all this week. Today, the late Leslie Haseman with a story she shared before she passed about Barry's big mouth and a busted zipper.

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Jon Solomon

By Barry Fey

Leslie Haseman (1968-69, 1970-74, '78-'79, 1997)
Leslie was unique. I met her in 1967. The people from San Francisco, Chet Helms and Bob Cohen, hired her locally to work at the Family Dog. I met her then because I was opening the Family Dog. She was my mentor in the world of hippiedom. I mean, I was scared. I kept hearing these stories about planting marijuana on us and stuff. I said, "What do we do? What do we do?" She said, "Don't worry. We'll take care of it." I asked Chet Helms once, what do I do if they plant me?" He said, "Don't worry, Barry. You won't grow."

See also:
- Pam Moore on the insanity of Feyline, from flying staplers to puking kids to doing coke
- Barry Fey turned throwing phones into an artform
- Barry Fey on that time that he held a gun to Axl Rose's head

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Pam Moore on the insanity of Feyline, from flying staplers to puking kids to doing coke

On Wednesday, March 6, Barry Fey will be inducted into yet another hall of fame, this one the Denver & Colorado Tourism Hall of Fame. In honor of his induction, we'll be running the stories that didn't make his memoir all this week. Today, Pam Moore shares what it was like to work with the Man, the Myth, the Legend.

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Jon Solomon

By Barry Fey

Pam Moore (1978-1998), Co-owner of Vashon Island Productions
Pam came to me because Bill Graham was a jerk to her. She was working in Hawaii with Steve Wolfe, an agent, and had told him she wanted to get in the concert promotion business. He told her there were only two places to go: Bill Graham or Barry Fey. She flew into San Francisco to see Bill. He made her wait and then gave her five minutes. Then she flew to Denver, and I spent the whole afternoon with her. There was just something about her, so I offered her a job. It took her six months to learn where to hang her coat, but she turned out to be a monster. She did everything, starting with advertising and then she moved into booking. It got to the point that people would rather talk to me than her. That shows you how tough she was! She was great, just the greatest.

See also:
- Barry Fey turned throwing phones into an artform
- Barry Fey on that time that he held a gun to Axl Rose's head
- Barry Fey officially inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame

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What you didn't read in Barry Fey's memoir: Barry turned throwing phones into an artform

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Jon Solomon

On Wednesday, March 6, Barry Fey will be inducted into yet another hall of fame, this one the Denver & Colorado Tourism Hall of Fame, and that couldn't be more fitting. Next to sports, music is probably our state's biggest attraction, and we have Barry Fey to thank for that. Before Barry, Colorado was considered a flyover state. A pivotal figure in music, Barry was the law in these parts for almost three decades. All of those stories are captured in his memoir, Backstage Past -- well, most of them, anyway.

In honor of his induction, we'll be running the stories that didn't make the book all this week. These ones are told by Barry himself, and the people he held most dear next to the fans, those who worked at Feyline. Read on to see what it was like to work with the Man, the Myth, the Legend. Brace yourself, though: These aren't tidy tales of political correctness. This is rock and roll in its glory days -- you know, when it was still dangerous and unpredictable and guys used to break shit.

See also:
- Barry Fey on that time that he held a gun to Axl Rose's head
- With the help of a psychic, Barry Fey reconnects with some old friends
- Barry Fey officially inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame


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