In early 2016, Raph decided to form a new band. Already the lead singer and the lead guitarist in the band Infinity, he was looking to perform the music that he was passionate about. Although the band never got past the rehearsal stage "Raised on Journey" had real potential and when the band decided to go their separate ways Raph was still keen to play the 80s style rock that he loved. So he thought a less specific 80s rock band rather than a "Journey" tribute band might be the way to go.
Ben was also keen to keep going and was the first person to get involved in what was to become "Fallen Angels" - the title taken from one of the first songs that the new band had played. Ben suggested a guitarist that he had worked with before and Raph was advertising for members on various musician websites. Auditions were held and Bens's friend Matteo decided to audition too. Before long, Dave and Matteo were confirmed as the band's guitarists. Fallen Angels were breifly joined by Sharif (the bass player from Black Shot Rose) but due to work commitments Sharif was unable to devote enough time to the band. Raph decided to contact the bass player from Raised on Journey to see if he might be interested and much to Raph's relief Phill agreed to join. Phill also added a second backing vocalist to the band along with Matteo to complete the line up.



Raph   - Lead Vocals & Guitar
I started playing the guitar at the age of 10. I got my first electric guitar at 11 and really started playing it at around 13. My biggest influence as a child was Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits. As I got older I started to favour "Rock". Bands like Saxon, White Lion, Bon Jovi and Scorpions changed the direction of my playing during my teens and I have stuck with that ever since.

My style is more of a slightly faster, heavier version of the sort of thing Knoplfer used to do than the out and out "shredding" of the likes of Yngvie Malmsteen or Paul Gilbert. I try to keep my solos as melodic as possible as well as using hammer-ons and pentatonic scales to keep things flowing. My favourite guitarist is Vito Bratta from White Lion.
Setup: Gibson Les Paul Standard, Fender American Special Stratocaster, Hohner G3T Headless, Fender Acoustic, Marshall MG100HCFX Head, Marshall 4x12 Cabinet, Boss M-50, Boss VE-20.

Lately I have focussed more on vocals and am enjoying the new challenge of trying to hit the dizzying high notes of those 80s rockers!

Influences: Van Halen, Satriani, Gary Moore, Michael Schenker, George Lynch, Adrian Smith and Slash

 Ideal line-up: Geddy Lee, Gary Moore, Jon Lord, Ian Paice, RJ Dio

 Equipment: Gibson and Ibanez guitars, Orange amp and cabs, MXR/Boss pedals - Old Skool!

 Matteo's love affair with the guitar began in the mid-80s, and accordingly early favourites were Whitesnake, Dokken, Iron Maiden and Guns n' Roses. Flirtations with thrash metal and early-70s prog rock, as well as the usual shredders (Vai, Satriani, Malmsteen, Gilbert etc) ensued, although with time it became clear that a good tune and a wailing note from Gary Moore's Les Paul were worth more than all the scales and arpeggios in the world.
After a close brush with minor notoriety at an epic Battle of the Bands in his native Italy, Matteo moved to the UK in the late 90s. A long hiatus from live performance was broken in 2010, when he was plucked from obscurity by vampire metallers Stuka Squadron to perform a string of Camden club gigs and record minor hit On the Volga Bridge, featured in Classic Rock's top 100 songs of 2011. That wasn't to last, however... A handful of gigs around South-West London and Surrey in the intervening years with short-lived bands barely masked his musical frustration, until he joined forces with Fallen Angel in early 2017, with many a sweaty, high-voltage, dirty-RnR gigs sure to follow.

Fallen Angel’s bassist Phill Townend was surprised and delighted when he received received an ‘out of the blue’ call from lead singer and former bandmate Raph Hayward inviting him to try out for the band, but the lure of bringing some all time classic 80’s rock to a new audience across the south of the UK proved too tempting an opportunity to pass up. Having collaborated with both Raph and FA drummer Ben Able in Journey Trib ‘Raised on Journey’ Phill knew that there would soon be a buzz around this new 5 piece outfit.
Phill started gigging in 1979 in the West Midlands with a locally popular 60s revival combo, but soon changed his musical style, embracing the New Wave of British Heavy Metal in the early 80’s, and the new sounds coming from established prog rock acts such as Rush and Yes.
Having moved to the South Coast, Phill took up bass playing duties with Bournemouth hard rockers Stranger, mixing established favourites such as ‘Still of the Night’ and ‘Youth Gone Wild’ with a set of high quality originals from established rock writers Ken Vater and Kev Tucker.  In the late 90’s Phill and Jon Pease (A Foreigner’s Journey) put together a new rock outfit ‘Jealousy’ with Simon Wood (Stilettos, Groovemeister) and Jonathan Hilton King (QED, Skinful). Jealousy was designed to show off the best of ‘80s and ‘90s rock music with setlist favourites including ‘Just like Paradise’, ‘Satch Boogie’ and ‘Spirit of Radio’ and quickly built a reputation for both musicianship and showmanship across the south coast.
More recently Phill joined London Journey Tribute ‘Raised on Journey’ collaborating for the first time with Raph Hayward and Ben Able.  ‘Taking the opportunity to get back on stage again with Ben and Raph was an easy decision to make’ said Phill, when asked to come on board with Fallen Angels.
Influenced at an early age by artists such as Geddy Lee and Chris Squire, Phill’s distinctive sound features a deep low end, but you’ll hear the bass cutting through the mix with strong accents of high frequency attack. Phill brings a high energy playing style to both 4 and 5 string basses and gets his guitar tone from a TC Electronic BH500 running through a 2x10 and 2x12 stack.
‘With a new line up featuring twin guitar attack, we’re ready to get back to what it’s all about -  rockin’ the house’, said Phill when asked about his expectations for the band. ‘"’What it comes down to for us,’ remarks Phill, ‘Is that we really enjoy what we’re doing, and we’re bringing a lot of people something they really enjoy too – why do anything else?
 Top 10 Favourite Bands -

Kiss, Whitesnake, Iron Maiden, REO Speedwaggon. Foreigner, Journey, Rush, Genesis, Rainbow, The Who.
Top 10 Favourite Drummers –
Simon Phillips, Neil Peart, Ian Paice, Eric Singer, Phil Collins, Cozy Powell, Steve Smith,
Vinnie Appice, Nicko Mcbrain, Jeff Porcaro.
Equipment –
Mapex Drums and Hardware, Zildjian cymbals, Pearl Eliminator pedals. Roc n Soc throne. Vic Firth American Classic 5A nylon tip sticks.

I was born to play the drums (doesn’t every drummer say that?) From a very early age I would bang anything and everything in sight from saucepans and upside-down buckets to pillows and the yellow pages, I remember using my Mums knitting needles as drum sticks, until she gave me a good clip around the ear for bending them. I then raided the cutlery draw and would use the knives, forks and spoons until they went the same way as the knitting needles. I then progressed to using my Dads screwdrivers lol. I must have made such a racket (some say I still do!!) I did once have a go at playing guitar, thinking I would like to be a guitar hero posing front of stage. The problem was I just couldn’t get my fingers to move quickly enough. Unfortunately, I have the type of personality where if I don’t get the hang of something right away I will just give up.
 Drumming came very naturally to me. The very first time I sat behind a mate’s drum kit I could play a steady groove and throw in a fill or two. I continued to play his kit until I could get my own. I got my first kit when I was 14, a red Premier Royale. I played any spare moment I had, playing along to my favourite albums, annoying the neighbours in the process.
 I joined my first band (Aquilla) when I was 15, I was very rough around the edges, I learnt so much though so quickly just being a part of a band, playing with other musicians, and playing all original material, rather than just playing along to albums that I could barely hear on my cheap Amstrad Stereo system. Aquilla stayed together for around 2/3 years gigging regularly until the singer Mick left to join a new band, a band called Mr Meaner. Shortly after he joined Mr Meaner the drummer decided that he wanted to leave so Mick arranged an audition for me. I got the gig, I joined Mr Meaner when I was 18, this would have been around 1987. Mr Meaner stayed together for around 4/5 years. We had some success. Our manager had previously worked with the likes of Supertramp, Chris de Burgh and Shirley Bassey, we toured up and down the country quite intensely. We just never got that little bit of luck though that a band needs to progress further. After Mr Meaner broke up I was in and out of various bands for a while, not being able to find something that completely fit. Until I joined a band called Neon in around 1995, again Neon had some small-time success, we even played Reading Festival in 1998, all be it a long way down the bill. Plant and Page were headliners that year. I remember hanging out back stage with all the other bands, and there they were right next to me, Rock Royalty…. Robert Plant and Jimmy Page!
After Neon broke up around 2001 I decided to join a Bon Jovi Tribute band, again they toured intensely for a few years, I had a great time and made a bit of money too. Around this time I would have been in my mid 30’s, so I decided that I wasn’t going to become a multi-millionaire Rock God, so I made the decision to leave the originals band scene behind. I have been in various cover bands ever since, playing because I love it, and need It…..It’s who I am!
I first Met Fallen Angels guitarist Matteo around 5 years ago, we played in a Classic Rock Tribute, covering the likes of Rainbow. Dio, Rush, Iron Maiden, Kiss, Thin Lizzy. Kansas and UFO.
Raph, Phil and I were temporarily members of the Journey Tribute, Raised on Journey. After Raised on Journey disbanded Raph and I decided to form an 80’s Rock tribute, we recruited Matteo and Dave, re recruited Phil and Fallen Angels were born.
So that brings me up to present day, filling the drum throne with Fallen Angels.

A veteran of the NWOBHM era with years of live experience behind him.

Raised on a diet of Jack Daniels, Guitars and Marshall Amplification, Dave first emerged on the rock scene as half of the twin guitar attack with Iron Heart.  Their classic sound saw them relentlessly touring the British club circuit playing venues such as the respected Marquee and playing support to acts like Saxon, FM, Onslaught, Annihilator, Romeos Daughter and Dumpys Rusty Nuts.  The band gained airplay, regularly appearing on the playlists of The Friday Rock Show with Tommy Vance, Capital Rock with Alan 'Fluff' Freeman and the Radio 210 Rock Show with Brian Pithers.

Following the split of the band in the early nineties, Dave departed to work in Germany for a couple of years where he hooked up with Jordan Minnesota and played shows throughout both Germany and Holland.

On his return to the UK, he joined Die Laughing, a well-respected classic rock covers band playing gigs and festivals throughout the UK.

A brief reformation of Iron Heart saw the band deliver their old school NWOBHM headlining festivals such as Speed Freaks at Santa Pod as well as a return 3000 people sell out gig in their home town of Reading.

Now a totally dedicated member of Fallen Angels on a mission to show the world just how great the 80s classic rock era was and still is.

Equipment Used: Predominantly Jackson Guitars played through the Legend that is Marshall Amplification.