• Exile – December 6

  • Date December 6
    Time 7pm
    Doors 6pm
    Ticket Prices $77 - $31
    Ages All Ages
    Platinum ($77) Pit Fill Seating and Rows A & B
    Gold ($57) Next 4 rows C - F
    Balcony ($31)
  • The group EXILE , originally known as The Exiles, is an American rock band founded in Richmond, Kentucky, by J.P. Pennington.[2] They started by playing local clubs which led to touring with Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars opening shows and providing backup for major rock artists of the period.

    Their name was shortened to Exile in 1973, consisting of guitarist Pennington, leader/lead singer Jimmy Stokley, Bernie Faulkner B3 sax acoustic guitar, Billy Luxon trumpet, keyboardist Buzz Cornelison, bassist Kenny Weir, and drummer Bobby Johns. These same guys still play together to day and are coming to Marion Illinois Civic Center Dec 6th 2019

    They hit the peak of their success in 1978 with the ballad hit "Kiss You All Over." After a couple of minor subsequent pop hits, they re-established in 1983 as a country music group. Between then and the early 1990s, the band had several country chart hits, including the number ones "Woke Up in Love", "I Don't Want to Be a Memory", "Give Me One More Chance", "Crazy For Your Love", "She's a Miracle", "Hang On to Your Heart", "I Could Get Used to You", "It'll Be Me", "She's Too Good to Be True" and "I Can't Get Close Enough". Although their chart success waned by 1991, they have continued to record ever since.

    Pennington wrote many of the group's songs (often with LeMaire) and several were covered by other artists, including "It Ain't Easy Bein' Easy" covered by Janie Frickeand "Just In Case" by the Forester Sisters. "Kiss You All Over" was used in the 1996 Adam Sandler movie Happy Gilmore and in the 2006 film Employee of the Month. Pennington co-wrote "The Closer You Get" and "Take Me Down", both re-recorded by Alabama, with former member Mark Gray.

    Pennington's song writing talent led to recognition as BMI Writer of the Year to one of BMI's Top 100 Writers of the Century. His music has been recorded by Alabama, Janie Fricke, Kenny Rogers and other artists.


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    formed in 1963 looking to play small clubs in Richmond, KY but

    managed to top both the pop and country charts during their more than

    50 year-long career. Their most successful hit, "Kiss You All Over" spent

    four weeks at the top of the Billboard's pop chart in 1978. In the early 1980's, started to focus on country

    music. During their run on the country charts has successfully had ten No. 1 singles and many more top 20's.

    The band will also be releasing two new recording projects in 2018 featuring the newest as well as the greatest of

    . The five original members of the band reformed in 2008 and continue to tour today.

    Celebrating 55th Anniversary with their No Limit tour

    The book- 50 Years of Exile: The Story of a Band in Transition which was released in 2013 and written by musicologist Randy Westbrook, chronicles the band's five decades as recording artists.

    EXILE has toured with: Aerosmith, Heart, Fleetwood Mac, Boston, Merle Haggard and George Jones to name a few.

    Recently was featured on episode 7 of Netflix's hit series "Mindhunter," and can be heard in movies

    including: "Happy Gilmore," "Man on the Moon," "Employee of the Month," "Wild Hogs," and "Zookeeper."

    In addition to numerous ACM and CMA nominations for Vocal Group of the Year as well as thier individual

    musicianship, band members J.P. Pennington and Sonny LeMaire have been recognized as songwriter of the

    year by BMI while Les Taylor was awarded BMl's Country Award for his songwriting on Janie Fricke's "It Ain't

    Easy Bein' Easy" In 2013 was inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and in 2017 recognized for 55 years