HAYWARD — Young rockers the Devil's Angels have big plans for the future after taking the top prize at the 2010 Battle of the Bands.

Inspired by an older generation of rock bands, such as AC/DC, the Scorpions and Judas Priest, the Devil's Angels are hoping to open for Bay Area-grown successes Y&T, Sammy Hagar, Journey or Eddie Money, said Steve Tom, a veteran of the 1983 Battle of the Bands and father of Devil's Angels lead guitarist Kyle Tom, 13.

There has been an increased interest in them playing school events and '80s parties, and they are planning to enter a national battle of the bands called "SchoolJam USA" in 2011, Steve Tom said.

"It was pretty awesome," said Devil's Angels rhythm guitarist Joe Marchuk, 14, of winning the 2010 Battle of the Bands, which drew about 1,000 people at Chabot College on Saturday. "That was the largest crowd we played in front of."

"It felt awesome because we sounded right and we were having a really good time up there and it was fun," the band's bass player Conor Boal, 13, said.

A new and very young generation of hopeful rock stars took the stage for the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District's annual band competition. But the Devil's Angels were the crowd favorite.

Marchuk, of San Ramon; Kyle Tom, also of San Ramon; Boal, of Concord; and lead singer/drummer Philip DeLuca, 13, of Danville, are hoping to follow up on the Devil's Angels' recent success.


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DeLuca said that the band has three new songs coming out and that they are working on new material.

The win netted the band an Ovation electric guitar, a two-year subscription to booking service Onlinegigs, microphones from Leo's Pro Audio in Oakland, a $75 gift certificate to ABC Music in Castro Valley and 12 hours of studio time at Annex Rehearsal Studio in San Lorenzo.

Second-place winner Apothesary won studio time at Red House Live Studio in Walnut Creek, a one-year subscription to Onlinegigs, a microphone from Leo's Pro Audio, and a $110 gift certificate to Aantone's Music in Newark.

Third-place winner Ten Days New won a microphone from Leo's Pro Audio, a $25 gift certificate to ABC Music Source in Livermore, a $50 gift certificate for Jim's Music in Fremont and a $45 gift certificate for Chuck's House of Music.

All 12 bands that participated this year received swag bags filled with goodies from Fender Guitar, Sabin, Kaman Music, the Hayward Music Center, and the Fillmore. Each bag was valued at $360.

To learn more about the Devil's Angels, visit www.devilsangelsrocks.com.

Jason Sweeney covers San Leandro. Contact him at 510-293-2469.