Halestorm added a York Fair concert to its post-Grammy agenda.
The hard rock group with Red Lion roots will take the stage 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at the fair's Toyota Grandstand.
"I don't ever remember ever going after a group like that," fair president Gene Schenck said of booking a band fresh off an award win. "For us, it was a really special thing. There is a group with a local connection. We can't resist it."
On Feb. 10, Halestorm won its first Grammy. Its single "Love Bites (So Do I)" beat out offerings from genre heavyweights -Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Marilyn Manson - in the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance category.
During an interview last month, bassist Josh Smith said he knew York County fans would be going nuts, since the band used to live and perform in the area. The band started in the late '90s with siblings Arejay and Lzzy Hale. Joe Hottinger and Smith joined around 2004. About a year later, the rock quartet signed with Atlantic Records.
"York is just home, and it has ... the best people," Smith said.
More than three years earlier, hundreds gathered to welcome Halestorm to the York Fair. The band played the 2009 X-treme Homecoming Party tour that featured other hard rock groups, including Trapt and Drowning Pool.
"I get off on Halestorm," the crowd chanted.
"You put a smile on my face," Lzzy shouted back.
After the show, the band signed autographs and posed for pictures with fans for more than an hour and a half.
This year, Schenck pointed out, Halestorm will be a headliner.
"In the past, we weren't always successful with hard rock," Schenck said. "Here's a case where we had success, and we'll have even more. (This) group ... has really been noticed on a national scale, and it's up to the community - and that's us - to support them."
Schenck added that the fair is still working on booking other acts for the 2013 grandstand. Country star Alan Jackson will perform Sept. 13. A Lady Antebellum concert, originally slated for Sept. 7, was canceled in December after lead singer Hillary Scott announced her pregnancy.
Smith said Halestorm couldn't wait to get back to making music after its Grammy win.
After wrapping studio sessions in Los Angeles last month, Lzzy flew to Sweden to accept the "breakthrough artist" award at the Bandit Rock Awards. This month, Halestorm will embark on a short tour in the U.K.. A national tour with Bullet For My Valentine will follow. The group is nominated for four Revolver Golden Gods Awards, which will be handed out in May.
If you go:
Halestorm returns to York Fair for a Sept. 7 concert on the Toyota Grandstand, 334 Carlisle Ave., West Manchester Township. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale 9 a.m. Saturday and cost $29. The track area is standing and all other seats are reserved. Tickets are available at the York Fair box office, by phone at 717-848-2033 and online at www.yorkfair.com. There is a processing fee for phone, mail and online orders. All grandstand show tickets purchased prior to Aug. 26 will include a gate admission ticket.
Another show coming to the York Fair: Austin Mahone and Coco Jones will perform Sept. 14. Ticket go on sale March 9.
Halestorm at the Grammys: storify.com/flipsidepa
More Halestorm coverage: www.flipsidepa.com/halestorm
Revolver Golden Gods Awards: www.revolvermag.com/goldengods2013
York Fair grandstand acts through the years: www.flipsidepa.com/entertainment/ci_21381711