Lzzy and Arejay Hale of the Grammy-winning rock band Halestorm will finally come home to York County on Saturday.
The band last performed as an opening act at the York Fair in 2009.
Now, backed by fans across the world and millions of YouTube hits, they will return to the fair -- as a headlining act.
Hailing from Red Lion, the siblings formed the hard-rock group about 15 years ago when they performed together as kids. Lzzy is the band's lead vocalist, and her brother plays the drums.
The two have actually earned individual awards in their own right: Revolver Magazine named Lzzy one of the "Hottest Chicks in Metal" and Arejay as one of the best drummers.
Under different stars, that success could go to their heads. But the siblings expressed a deep appreciation for the community that nurtured them and said they can't wait to come home.
Winning the Grammy: The Grammy nomination was a shock, said Lzzy, 28. Her brother agreed, as the other nominees were bands the two listened to while growing up.
"So we thought that basically they flew in the new guys to be nice," he said.
Lzzy said the band members were sitting at the show, with their moms as their dates, just enjoying the festivities and the fact that they were nominated. They had not prepared a speech.
Then Halestorm was announced as winning the 2013 Grammy for "Best Hard Rock and Metal" performance.
"It was mind-blowing," Arejay, 25, said. "It was kind of a cross between over-the-moon excited and over-the-moon terrified. But it was absolutely incredible."
Up against rock acts such as Lamb of God, Iron Maiden and Megadeth, Lzzy thought her band didn't stand a chance. She speaks with a rock star charm, peppering expletives and terms of endearment, such as "dude" and "sweetie," into her sentences -- and she's not shy about the novelty of newfound success.
"The academy shouldn't know who the hell we are," she said.
Simply being recognized meant a lot to Halestorm, which has been a full band for more than 10 years, she said. Rounding out the band are guitarist Joe Storm and bass guitarist Josh Storm.
"I hope that it's encouraging to a lot of rock bands that are up-and-coming," she said.
And Arejay added that the local support the band has received along the way means a lot.
"I just wanna say thank you to all of our hometown heroes who supported us along the way," he said.
Coming home: On Saturday, the band will enjoy a homecoming at the York Fair and see many familiar faces.
"It's gonna be cool, man," Lzzy said. "It's been a little while since we've been there."
Her parents, the man who sold her first guitar and her English teacher will all be there, she said.
"It's really neat to go back and hopefully see all these people," she said. "It's gonna be a wonderful day. It really will."
The support the band got from the community was crucial as it got its start, she said.
"That's always the way it was in Central Pennsylvania," she said.
And the band will be performing with one of her idols: Tom Keifer from Philadelphia-based rock band Cinderella.
"He's the reason why I picked up a guitar in the first place," she said. "We might have a few surprises for everybody."
Hometown energy: As far as Halestorm's tunes go, the band has been writing and collecting new ideas and will start buckling down and recording its third album soon, Arejay said. It will follow 2012's "The Strange Case of ...." The first single and video from that album, "Love Bites (So Do I)," earned the band its Grammy.
"We're not the kind of band that likes to settle," he said. "We know it's gonna take a while to be completely satisfied with another record."
And although the band is still pretty versatile and plays small shows here and there, the York Fair is a special one, he said.
"Personally, why we did the York gig was a 'thank you' to our hometown," he said. "It should be great -- I can't wait to see all the familiar faces. There's just a certain energy that goes with your hometown."
And his sister agrees.
"I can't wait to rock out with everybody," Lzzy said.
--Reach Mollie Durkin at firstname.lastname@example.org.