Only three months ago we watched on at Ramblin Man Fair as Brit rockers Fallen State performed an emotive set to close out the proceedings at Mote Park.

Now topping the bill at a major festival would usually be a joyous occasion. But the band were broken-hearted to be playing the event minus their brother and bandmate Dan Oke. Guitarist Sophie Burrell sat in on this occasion, as the band played on through tears of sorrow.

It’s been a challenging year for The Fallen State. Despite the release of their eagerly anticipated debut album A Deadset Endeavour, tragedy struck when the news broke of guitarist Dan’s diagnosis of lung cancer. Drastic surgery and a long period of rehabilitation, put Dan out action for most of 2019.

The good news tonight being that the man himself is back on stage where he belongs. For the Fallen State with Dan back at the helm everything is A Oke, as they set about on one of their most extensive tours in recent times. This evening the band returns to Think Tank in Newcastle, this time as headliners, following last years special guest slot alongside kiwi rockers Devilskin.

Now a lot of the UK is getting festive by way of Halloween parties this weekend. However, on a Friday night in Newcastle, the Geordies need no encouragement to get out in their droves to Think Tank to witness this incredible tripleheader.

Following excellent opening sets from NWOCR peers Fahran and The Cruel Knives, the band of the hour takes for the stage with all guns blazing. Tonight the five-piece delivers their strongest set possible, whilst showcasing both their debut album as well as choice cuts from their earlier EP’s.

As the Fallen State hits the stage they kick things off with a high octane triple whammy of Lost Cause, Attitude and Sinner.

Frontman Ben Stenning frequently prowls the edge of the stage whilst spurring on the crowd whilst the guitar partnership of Oke and Jon Price dish out more tasty licks than a puppy in an ice cream parlour. Both Greg Butler and Rich Walker are the backbone of the band and keep the rhythm tight all night long.

Fallen State have a real talent for writing hard rocking anthems and tonight’s set is packed full of them. Highlights include the likes of American Made, For My Sorrow and the fiery Burn It To The Ground. Of course, the band’s Chris Robertson collaboration by way of Nova garners a mass singalong from the Geordies in attendance.

A truncated drum solo sits between the main set and the encore. But with no time to waste and an impending curfew the crowd don’t have to be asked twice when poised with the question Do You Want It. This old favourite being the cherry on the top of tonight’s Halloween cake.

Fallen State are so tight this evening with a regrouped lineup that is fired up and ready to go.


About The Author

Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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