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Trace Adkins out of rehab, appears on Opry with Exile
Trace Adkins, who landed in headlines for a rehab stint this year, made a surprise appearance on stage at the Grand Ole Opry Tuesday night to perform "Kiss You All Over" with Exile.
The event was his first public appearance following his unexpected departure from a Florida rehabilitation center. Adkins checked into the facility in January to seek treatment for alcoholism following a slip in his sobriety. He left two weeks later to be with his father in his final days and then returned to complete the program following his father?s passing, said Adkins' publicist Tiffany Shipp.
Shipp said Adkins had been back in Nashville for "a week or two" when Exile?s Sonny LeMaire texted a mutual friend and asked if Adkins would perform "Kiss You All Over" with the band on the Opry. The song was a pop hit for "Exile" in the 1970s and Adkins recorded it with the group for his 2013 album "Love Will?".
"The next thing I know, Trace says, ?It?s a great idea, I?d love to do it,?" LeMaire recalled. "That?s a simple as it was."
LeMaire said Adkins was excited to be at the Opry with Exile and that he hung out with band members in the dressing room before taking the stage.
"(Adkins) looked like a million bucks," LeMaire said. "He has lost weight. He?s toned up. He was smiling. Trace Adkins was smiling and grinning from ear to ear. He said he feels great. It was good."
The group performed "Give Me One More Chance" and "People Get Ready" before singer J.P. Pennington told the audience that Exile had a friend who would join the group on the last song.
"(Adkins) walked out and when the audience realized who it was, they went crazy," LeMaire said. "The audience was standing up, they were applauding and they were yelling. You could tell that Trace was really gratified and humbled. He was happy to be on stage. He was on stage with friends. It was a wonderful thing."